Venus Williams and EleVen are famous for their prints and this year the patterns were named Ola, Ndebele, Fleur De Monde and Kaleidoscope. Let's see the variety Venus brought to the table in 2015, as part of my annual Fashion Retrospections.
Venus Williams' first title of the season came at the very first tournament she played in 2015, the ASB Classic in Auckland, and while pretty much all tennis apparel companies wait for the Australian Open to launch new collections, leaving their representatives to resort to the previous season's designs in the beginning of January, Venus started the year in fresh clothes from her Ola collection.
Moreover, players usually wear a single outfit throughout one tournament, but Venus likes to showcase several combinations during one event, so in the weeks leading up to the first Grand Slam of the season, she promoted several tanks and skirts, always pairing prints with solids. My favorite is the EleVen Ola Tie It Up Tank seen in the first picture.
At the Australian Open, Venus launched the EleVen Ola Print Aussie Dress featuring V-neck imitation, figure-flattering trim at the waist and a decorative use of teal trim on V-shaped back.
In Doha we also saw printed leggings from the collection, as well as the matching headband.
VENUS WILLIAMS' TENNIS APPAREL IN THE PREVIOUS YEARS:
- 2014: Tennis style overview: How Venus Williams made her mark on sports fashion with her EleVen brand
- 2013: Venus Williams works tennis fashion to remember with EleVen
- 2012: Roses, geometric and art prints in Venus Williams' EleVen
- 2011: Shocking EleVen dresses and wardrobe malfunctions
- 2010: Fashion focus — Venus Williams wearing EleVen clothes
- 2009: Venus Williams and her EleVen line throughout the season
- 2008: All Venus Williams' EleVen outfits
My favorite print of the season, and probably beyond, is the Ndebele print which Venus introduced in Miami in March. Not only am I a huge fan of this colorful geometric pattern inspired by the culture of South African Ndebele tribe, but I also love how Venus made balance with strategically positioned black and white colorblocks, on top of the variety of designs available in the collection. Look at this EleVen Ndebele Print Cap Sleeve Top to get the idea of what I'm talking about.
After Ola's abstracts and Ndebele's zig-zags, in May Venus moved on to purple flowers of her Fleur De Monde collection. Above we can see Venus in Madrid, wearing the EleVen Fleur De Monde Love Tank featuring contrast trim on tank straps and the EleVen Fleur De Monde Print Flutter Skirt.
At the French Open, Venus debuted her EleVen Fleur De Monde Print Dress, highlighted by these nice criss-cross straps placed inside the upper back square cutout. The Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour shoes completed Williams' look.
For Wimbledon, Williams had in store a white version of the Roland Garros dress, which allowed these stylish pleats of the skirt to stand out.
Following the all-white Wimbledon, in Istanbul V returned to the Fleur De Monde clothes, wearing this trendy tank and cute headband with a classic skirt.
As you can see, this Fleur De Monde collection includes designs similar to the Ola collection, like this EleVen Fleur Tie It Up Tank.
Kaleidoscope was Venus' print of choice for the final stage of the season.
The 35-year-old's US Open dress has V-neck and central white colorblock which are both supposed to represent the first letter of her name. In the back of this EleVen Kaleidoscope Dress, there's this white "dripping" line, element we saw a lot of in Adidas' Roland Garros clothes, like Caroline Wozniacki's Adidas Summer Stella McCartney Barricade Dress.
Kaleidoscope is my least favorite print this season, although it looks much better in separates than in the dress.
During the Asian swing Venus played four tournaments, won two (Wuhan and Zhuhai), showcasing a number of tanks and skorts from the Kaleidoscope group: the Print Raceday Tank, Tie It Up Tank, and more, combining them with the Flutter 12" Skirt, Print Jamming 13" Skirt, and others.
What do you think about Venus' EleVen designs in 2015? Is Ndebele also your favorite print? Tell me in the comments!
MORE 2015 WTA FASHION RETROSPECTIONS:
- Sexy tunics, leopard dresses, flirty separates: Serena Williams' Nike outfits throughout 2015
- All Garbine Muguruza's Adidas by Stella McCartney styles in stellar 2015 season
- Lace, laser, silver & metallic: All Agnieszka Radwanska's 2015 Lotto fashion statements
- Sporty femininity: All Jelena Jankovic's Fila outfits in 2015
- Fashion overview: Maria Sharapova's year 2015 with Nike