Another day, another hot drop anticipated collaboration from Virgil Abloh. The Off-White designer is teaming up with Nike and Serena Williams, styling the tennis champion for this year’s US Open which begins on August 27 – Dubbed “The Queen Collection.” “With Serena, we have one of our generation’s most powerful, inspiring athletes as the muse,” said Abloh in a statement. “I was trying to embody her spirit and bring something compelling and fresh to tennis.” Knowing the risk associated, “It’s potential career suicide to touch ten things that are iconic,” says Virgil Abloh. Nike also shares the risk but as Andy Caine, vice president of footwear design at Nike explains, “At Nike, we have this ethos built around this idea of bringing in creatives and cross-pollinating when we do collabs. We’re looking for creative diversity and Virgil brings such a richness and variety in his approach, which is very powerful.” The line includes a performance tennis dress available in black and white colorways, a bag, a jacket and three sneaker styles: the NikeCourt Flare 2 and limited editions of The Ten: Nike Air Max 97 and The Ten: Nike Blazer Mid SW. The dress, jacket and two The Ten sneaker styles will also be available to purchase at select Nike locations later this month, with prices ranging from $130 to $900.



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