Venus Williams is definitely not be the only women’s tennis player who likes to get creative with clothes, but she’s the only one with a university degree in the industry (in December 2007 she received her associate degree in Fashion Design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale) who also has her own registered clothing brand. Let’s see how the winner of a total of 22 Grand Slam titles worked her EleVen by Venus apparel throughout 2014.
I have followed the evolution of EleVen since the company’s launch and in my opinion the brand has stayed on the positive course it took back in 2012. The early days of EleVen were quite bleak and uninspiring (have a look at my overviews of Venus’ 2008 and 2009 styles to see what I’m talking about), then from outfits lacking character Venus adopted too much character in 2010 and 2011, wearing clothes that didn’t just border with tacky, they were tacky, on top of bringing wardrobe malfunctions during matches, while in 2012 Venus found that happy middle ground between edgy and classic and has kept that standard ever since.
Have a look at Venus’ dresses from the last two years and tell me if you agree with what I said above:
- 2013: Venus Williams works tennis fashion to remember with EleVen
- 2012: Roses, geometric and art prints in Venus Williams’ EleVen
Venus loves prints and has worn all sorts of patterns — from tie-dyes and abstracts, to all kinds of flowers and geometric shapes. As you can see, the 2014 season was no different.
The American also often combined prints with solids, as you can see in her Rome outfits – the colorful EleVen Aurora Hail Mary Strap Tank paired with a teal skort, and a reverse combination of a teal EleVen Aurora Hail Mary Strap Tank and a print skort.
But even though prints and cute racer backs define EleVen, at least in my mind, my absolute favorite Venus’ design from 2014 was her white Wimbledon dress. This dress was also my favorite dress of Wimbledon 2014 as a whole, proving that you don’t need bold colors, lace, fringe, or whatever to stand out. This dress shines unobtrusively, with wonderful shoulder mesh inserts bringing just enough detail to the cap-sleeve design with a single front pleat.
Venus’ Herringbone collection accompanied her at tournaments in the States and Canada.
Above you can see Venus wearing the EleVen Fall Herringbone Back Court Dress featuring color-blocking panels at upper back and sides.
In Cincinnati Venus wore a dark grey version of the EleVen Fall Herringbone Back Court Dress.
Venus’ 2014 US Open dress belongs to the Vintage Floral Group. I love the cute back straps and the keyhole opening, although the print is not my favorite. This dress is called the EleVen Vintage Closed Grip Print Dress.
What do you think of EleVen by Venus? Do you agree with the points I made in this post? Which Venus’ 2014 outfit was your favorite?
Also make sure to check out our archives of WTA fashion retrospections dating back to 2007 and have a quick look at our most recent overviews of Nike on Eugenie Bouchard, Adidas on Ana Ivanovic and Lotto on Agnieszka Radwanska.