Serena Williams pays tribute to Virgil Abloh at Off-White’s Paris Vogue 7 days show

Serena Williams is no stranger to the runway, having modeled for her possess fashion line’s shows in the earlier. But Monday marked the very first time the 23-time significant champion walked for a big luxurious brand name in the course of trend month.

On the to start with working day of Paris Vogue 7 days, Williams paid out tribute to her longtime manner collaborator, the late designer and Off-White founder, Virgil Abloh.

Off-White, a Milan-based mostly luxury brand, honored Abloh, who died in November 2021 at the age of 41 right after a non-public struggle with a exceptional cancer, while presenting its Drop 2022 assortment — Abloh’s final contribution to the brand name.

The star-studded present (Kendall Jenner, Joan Smalls, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford also graced the catwalk for the celebration) was divided into two areas, with Serena donning a part of the “ready-to-use collection” for the impending time in the very first part.

Just after the demonstrate, Williams took to Instagram to specific gratitude for the option to honor her mate.

Williams experienced extended been Abloh’s muse, with the tennis star serving as the inspiration for the designer’s initial Nike selection in 2018. The selection, called “Queen” (obviously), provided Abloh’s acquire on the classic tennis dress with asymmetrical coloration blocking, basic Off-White text and a tulle tutu skirt. “I was striving to embody her spirit and carry a thing compelling and fresh new to tennis,” he mentioned in an formal statement on the launch. Williams wore the dress in many colorways at the 2018 U.S. Open up.

In 2019, she donned neon yellow sneakers designed by Abloh while attending the Fulfilled Gala. Not prolonged following, she rocked an Abloh authentic to the 2019 French Open. The black-and-white striped two-piece set — comprehensive with a matching cape — was emblazoned with the French words for “mom,” “champion,” “queen,” and “goddess.”

When Abloh died, Williams was 1 of a bevy of celebs who shared tributes to the beloved designer. “Text cannot specific the sorrow I come to feel on the passing of my good friend @virgilabloh,” she wrote on Instagram. “I will endlessly be grateful to have experienced the possibility to witness this sort of greatness, this kind of genius and to truly feel the warmth of his smile. It was my honor to stand up coming to him. He lit up every home he walked into. May his beloved loved ones and buddies find ease and comfort in realizing how profoundly his artwork impacted our lifestyle, and us all. I will overlook you.”