Another thing about Osaka…she’s always looking immaculate, which is why the recent announcement of her collaboration with the denim brand Levi’s is in perfect timing for fall. The Levi’s x Naomi Osaka line drops on August 24 in select Levi’s stores and online according to The Root’s managing editor of The Glow Up. The collection features four upcycled denim pieces: a kimono ($380), lace-up shorts ($150), crystal fringe shorts ($250) and a trucker jacket reimagined as a bustier top ($180).
Osaka has always loved being in kimonos and reflects on how rendering them in denim and sustainability is an interesting switch-up from what she’s used to. “The sustainability aspect was super important to me. And I love that every piece in the collection has been recycled or repurposed from old stock,” she said in a press release. Osaka has even stated she’d like to start her own brand with her sister one day, but “[loves] collab’ing with some great designers and learning the craft and the business.”
Taking a slight pivot—but not a big one—23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has also dropped some beauty bombshells on us this week. Nike, which has been working to diversify their design team (h/t CNBC), has just launched a “diverse design incubator” program with Williams. This collection has been two years in the making and was designed by 10 New York-based streetwear apprentices, seven of whom have now been hired full-time by the company, per Women’s Wear Daily.
The program will occur each year and feature a new set of designers, giving them the opportunity to design for Nike and Williams. “I wanted to see more people who looked like me,” Williams told WWD.“It started with a conversation [with] Nike wanting to invest in the power of people, and embrace that diversity fosters creativity…I was excited to be a part of that.”
The collection which launches on September 1 with footwear, apparel and accessories, will have a “‘90s streetwear spirit.”