Fashion News Update: Venus Williams Fashion Line & Azzedine Alaia turns Dior job down

by Taja Scott on Jun 21st, 2011 in Announcements, Designers, News

From five-time tennis player champion to an epic decline by one of the world’s most famous designers is this week’s fashion news update. Venus Williams, prominently known as the African- American tennis player who has been ranked World No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association on three separate occasions has a fashion line. The clothing line was launched in 2007 with Steve & Barry’s clothing line but it declared bankruptcy in early 2009 and closed its stores. Venus Williams clothing line EleVen, is designed to be versatile on the tennis court as well as on the street for a casual appearance. The collection includes dresses, accessories, pants, shoes, and warm up suits.

Since Venus is proud of her collection, she decided to sport her latest wear at Wimbleton. A complete fashion shocker in a match against Uzbekistan’s Akgul Amanmuradova. She wore a white jumper with gold accents on zipper and belt including a design above her chest.

The top half of her jumper seemed a bit too baggy as she ran back and forth across the court, adding too much attention to the upper part of her body. Plus, the jumper seemed to be a bit too short for Venus as she swung during the match. It was so short that you could view her golden shorts underneath. I am shocked that Venus chose to wear this ensemble. It’s different when your forced to wear an outfit from a sponsor, but choosing to market your clothing line is a big risk especially if it turns out to be a disaster such as this. Maybe not the best choice for Venus during a tennis game, but I’d say it was a cute outfit.

Although her outfit seemed a disaster, the design and materials used was a great choice. The cotton fabric and leafy design helped make the outfit. If it were used to make a sun dress, the outfit would have been a success. Let’s just hope Venus learned from this fashion disaster. 

Onto our next fashion news update, Azzedine Alaia is a successful designer since the 1980′s. He has recently turned down a job offer to replace John Galliano at Christian Dior.

During Fashion Week, many fashion bloggers and writers were wondering who would replace John Galliano. Many had no clue that Azzedine was chosen to replace him. Even being offered the opportunity to do so, Azzedine turned down the offer and told the paper himself that he did not want the job offer at Dior. He didn’t feel it was right for him to work at Christian Dior.

People have said he was flattered, but was just not interested. After speaking with John and knowing what happened,  he did not want to be apart of the next chapter.

Azzedine Alaia is not the first designer to be offered the position. Riccardo Tisci, head of Givenchy, is also in the running for the head position. He has refused to confirm what his future holds.

Riccardo says to that, “I don’t know what will happen. Sincerely, I feel sorry for John. But for this moment I am leaving aside all the gossip of ‘I am going here, I am going there,’ because there is a lot of gossip circulating and there always will be. I will tell you, in this moment, I am very happy at Givenchy and it is a moment in which I am bringing the game to the next level. So I tell you, I feel at home. It’s as if it were my son. I don’t know how to explain it. It would be very difficult for me to leave.”

What do you guys think about this week’s fashion news update? Do you think Azzedine made the right choice by turning down the job offer and do you think Venus should give up on wearing her latest designs?

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