Recent four-time Olympic gold medalist, Venus Williams, has accumulated a staggering amount of titles in her career, making her the perfect candidate to debut a tennis fashion line. The chic tennis star is known not only for her mean two-handed backhand, but for her shocking style on and off the courts. Saturday afternoon, Rita Schrager opened up her backyard, and tennis court, to host a garden party for the debut of the new line, EleVen by Venus Williams.
[Cristina Greeven Cuomo, Venus Williams, Kelli Delaney, Michael Michele, Russell Simmons, Venus Williams]
[Dylan Lauren, Venus Williams, Lucas Bacardi Shriftman]
The tennis star was rocking a rose garden printed dress that she plans to don as she takes on yet another U.S. Open. Venus showed off some of her skills on the court, playing with custom white Wilson tennis balls. Any attendees confident enough to go up again Venus took to the court, even including some of the youngest guests at the party. Celebs including Christopher Burch, Dylan Lauren, Fern Mallis, Gigi Grazer, Jessica White, Michael Michele, Monika Chiang, Rosanna Scotto, Russell Simmons, Samantha Yanks and Star Jones mingled among the Hamptons crowd.
There were treats for all to enjoy, from Jamba Juice smoothies, to Talbott Tea's Luscious Lemon Meringue Iced Tea and an array of Grey Goose cocktails, including their Hamptons Punch. All the hor d'oeuvres were prepared by Venus' personal chef, Lauren Von Der Pool, and were all vegan, in accordance to Venus' new diet. After being diagnosed with Sjorgen's Syndrome, Venus has been forced to make lifestyle changes, which have included cutting out all animal products from her diet.
[Teresa Colley, Bruce Colley, Monika Chiang, Rita Schrager, Mark Ein]
The collection, EleVen by Venus Williams features inspirational hand-written messages on each piece, and has been designed to be worn on and off the court. Michael Michele sported one of the casual styles, sporting her EleVen white top with a pair of crisp white slacks, proving the versatility of the line.
[Lyn Andrea Williams, Star Jones, Venus Williams, Yaz Hernandez, Venus Williams, Valentine Hernandez]
Tuesday, May 21
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.