‘I just wasn’t brave enough’: Serena Williams shares the one regret she had working with the late fashion designer Virgil Abloh

Celebrities from across the industry share their experiences with the late Virgil Abloh in a new film paying tribute to Vogue, including tennis superstar Serena Williams. She recently revealed the only regret she had while working with the influential fashion designer.

In the 30-minute film, the 23-time Grand Slam winner recalled the time she lacked the courage to wear one of the designer’s bolder looks at the 2019 French Open.

Serena Williams (L) and Virgil Abloh (R). Photos: P. Lehman/Future Publishing via Getty Images, Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Qatar Museums

“I still regret not doing what Virgil told me to do,” shared the star athlete. “He wanted me to wear this long skirt with the crazy train and then a cape with a train and then just walk out onto the pitch.”

At the time, Williams said she couldn’t see the vision the Chicago native had in mind for the revered athlete. She continued, “And I’m like, ‘Virgil, I like fashion and I like to push the envelope, but this — I just don’t think I can do it.'” The 40-year-old admitted, “I just wasn’t brave enough to walk out in all that red sand and just walk out on that train, sort of like a Met Gala at the French Open.

Before his death, Williams had the opportunity to wear two of the fashion icon’s designs in her performances at the 2018 US Open as part of her ‘Queen Collection’ collaboration with Nike.

Williams shared the clip to her Instagram page earlier this week. In the caption, she shared kind words for the industry pioneer, writing, “Virgil was so much more than a collaborator, he was a friend, an innovator,” before saying, “I really wish I wore the great skirt, he made for me in 2018.” She ended her note by declaring, “You saw it before me Virgil, we will keep your legacy alive.”

Abloh died on November 28, 2021 after a highly private two-year battle with cardiac angiosarcoma, a condition in which a malignant tumor blocks blood flow in and out of the upper right ventricle of the heart. He was 41 years old.

Four months after his death, Wiliams joined several stars, including Naomi Campbell and Joan Smalls, as they walked the runway during Off-White’s Paris Fashion Week show honoring the fashion icon.

Abloh is survived by his wife, Shannon, and their two children, Gray and Lowe. ‘I just wasn’t brave enough’: Serena Williams shares the one regret she had working with the late fashion designer Virgil Abloh

Dustin Huang

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