Just as I revealed in my November’s preview of Venus Williams‘ 2019 collections, at the BNP Paribas Open the American is launching the EleVen Ikat collection and today the sports clothing company posted on Instagram a photo of the tennis legend in her new apparel.
Every single EleVen collection since the brand’s revival in 2012 has been all about prints and for her Indian Wells appearance Venus chose the Ikat Stripe pattern, combined with colors blue knights, coral and white. But what is Ikat? According to A Little Design Help:
Ikat fabrics are made by dying the threads before the fabric is woven. The threads are tied tightly together and dipped into dye. This creates an uneven, mottled appearance on the threads, allowing the pattern to have a “hazy” look when the fabric is woven. The method is similar to tie-dying, except tie-dying is done after the fabric is woven.
A standout piece from the Ikat range is the Volley Dress, characteristic for its scoop neck and back, as well as a waist-defining blue inset. Pleated skirts are the most common skirt design in women’s tennis nowadays and for a good reason — they are comfortable and have flattering movement.
When it comes to performance, the dress provides superior breathability, four-way stretch, and UPF 50 sun protection, blocking up to 98% of harmful ultraviolet rays.
When our photographer Jimmie48 spotted Venus practicing on Monday ahead of the BNP Paribas Open, the American was wearing the EleVen Ikat Tangle Long Sleeve Top, EleVen Ikat Wrap Up Tight, and a matching visor.
Offering maximum protection from the sun, the crew-neck shirt includes side tie shirring, back power mesh panel and contrast binding.
Venus’ leggings include a lattice mesh detail on the sides, a higher waist for increased coverage and mesh hip pockets.