Richard Pagliaro‘s Tennis Week blog revealed the Nike outfit fashionista Serena Williams will wear for the 2008 Australian Open. The outfit: a “one-piece, white tunic-style dress adorned with royal purple accents over a pair of purple lycra biker shorts”. Biker shorts. Wow. The 80s really are back! And in case you’ve forgotten…
Okay, so her use of lycra is more tasteful than Andre Agassi‘s. Props to her for pushing the envelope. She explained her design philosophy to Pagliaro:
“I want to look different. I’m OK if I have to wear a fabric that’s not your basic nylon and spandex. Let’s mix it up, try different fabrics. If I’m slightly uncomfortable, that’s OK. I’m usually able to play through it.”
And play through it she has. Remember that peksy bow on her U.S. Open dress? Friggin’ tore that shit off when it started bothering her.
We can’t wait to see white/purple outfit in action. In our minds, her 2007 Aussie Open look was the best of the year, so let’s hope the ’08 lives up.
Also, I wonder if there will be a “night” outfit?
BTW, Pagliaro was part of a small group of journalists who, while in town to cover the Davis Cup finals, took a trip to Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. for a sneak peek (how jealous are we?!) of the Aussie Open outfits and shoes to be worn by Nike’s stable of players, including Roger, Rafa, and Masha.
(Serena pics via tennisweek.com; Agassi pics via BBC and CBC)
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