Fashion designer Virgil Abloh has announced his latest collaboration with Nike. The pair partnered up for the QUEEN collection, which will make its debut at the 2018 U.S. Open, worn by Serena Williams.
The line will feature three pairs of Abloh-designed Nike sneakers, a one-shoulder dress, which will be available in two colorways, and an Abloh-designed jacket for off the court.
“When I was thinking about outfits for Serena, I was thinking about her playing the game and her aesthetic while she is,” Abloh told Vogue. “She has a level of creativity with how she expresses herself in terms of clothing in any event, so I made everything with her logic in mind. We traded images and there was a lot of back-and-forth to get this done in short order.”
Taking inspiration from Serena Williams’ previous on-court looks appears to have paid off as Serena had nothing but great things to say when recalling her first reaction to trying on the Virgil Abloh-designed collection.
“When I first tried on the dress, I felt very strong and feminine at the same time. It has all the really strong elements, from the leather to that really cool stretchy material,” said Serena. “I felt so feminine in the tutu, which is probably my favorite part of it. It really embodies what I always say: that you can be strong and beautiful at the same time.”
The QUEEN collection will be available for purchase at select Nike Stores beginning late August.