Serena Williams’ First New York Show Sees Plus and Sample Size Models
The tennis star also brought adorable daughter Alexis onto the catwalk at New York Fashion Week
11 September 2019
All Credits: PA
Just days after her shock loss in the US Open final, Serena Williams was back in the spotlight with the debut show from her Serena fashion label.
As you would expect from the groundbreaking tennis star, Williams sent out a diverse cast of models, in some cases showing the same outfit in ‘straight’ and ‘great’ sizing – her terms for standard and plus-size.
The 37-year-old, who founded her brand just over a year ago, wrote in the show notes that the collection was for “women who break traditions and boundaries… unflinching women of all colours and sizes”.
The inclusive nature of the collection was also reflected on the front row, with celebrity guests including Kim Kardashian West, US Vogue editor Anna Wintour, TV host Gayle King and Tarana Burke, who founded the #MeToo movement.
Proving that women of all sizes can look amazing in the same clothes, the collection featured a variety of figure-hugging dresses in animal prints.
Also catering to the modest fashion market, one model wearing a headscarf donned a long-sleeved brown suede midi coat with knee-high boots.
Naturally, there was a focus on workwear from the sports star turned entrepreneur, with double breasted suits in traditional check fabrics and office-appropriate knee-length skirts.
Alexis also made an appearance on the catwalk when Williams’ took her post-show bow, the pair twinning in matching black tops and grey skirts.
Unlike traditional fashion week shows, which unveil a collection that won’t be in the shops until next season, Williams opted for the ‘see now buy now’ approach, with every catwalk look available to buy for 48 hours on the Serena website.