Serena Williams is not only one of our favourite women in sports, the Tennis pro has also quickly become one of our favourite celebrities that gives us major curvy style inspo.
For her recent cover feature in Essence Magazine, she hinted plans to take on the fashion world following the launch of her own fashion line – Serena last year.
The entrepreneur and venture capitalist looked striking in different outfits for the magazine’s Global Fashion Issue and one of the standout looks was definitely a black sleeveless kimono jacket with tribal artwork on the lapel.
The kimono was designed by Nigerian designer Jane Michael Ekanem under her eponymous brand JaneMichael Collection and Nigerian artist Laolu Senbajo who was also responsible for her face art on the cover.
Jane shared the look with a sweet message where she explained that the look which was made in Surulere, Lagos was first worn by Media Personality Do2dtun who also inspired the look. She wrote;
About this same time 4 years ago, I posted a video of Serena Williams of how she said ‘I want other people to be like me’ when she was asked who she would like to be like. It’s not far fetched from mine as I always tell people I want to be a better version of myself.
Today, at this same period, I have my piece worn by @serenawilliams, one of the most powerful and most accomplished women in the world wear my Kimono piece tailored and made here in Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria in a global magazine, @essence, in a global fashion edition.
No matter who you are and where you are, when your time is here, your universe will come for you. Keep at what you are doing. Do good relentlessly.
I am just that young black girl who is trying to keep the dreams alive. And as @lupitanyongo would say ‘your dreams are still valid’. I have never doubted my journey even though sometimes I got angry and impatient.
My life is a work in progress and I will trust the process.
A huge thanks to @laolunyc for being the bridge. The art you put on the lapel made it even more attractive.
The kimono was inspired from the #EnergyGod kimono made by @janemichaelcollection for @do2dtunduring his photoshoot. The Kimono symbolizes energy and light.
A big shout out to my team, @miss_kudy, @the_ayoolakehinde, @oluchi_i, @blvcknuel, @buchithestylist & @janemichaelcollection for standing by me through the most trying times.
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Universe #LifeChanger #SuccessStory#BlackGirlDontCrack #JaneMichael
The simple yet eccentric style, as well as the fit, makes it a wardrobe essential with unlimited styling options. Serena wore it with a floor-length skirt, white shirt, and strappy heels.
For Laolu, this isn’t his first foray into fashion, he has collaborated with Nike,Bvlgari, Beyoncé, designing luggage bags and more recently a Grace Jones-inspired bodysuit for Taraji P. Henson.
Photo Credit: www.essence.com