From the field to the catwalk.
Serena Williams opened the Vogue World show during New York Fashion Week on Monday, wearing a metallic silver Balenciaga gown and matching floor-length cape.
She was joined by four “ball girls” wearing white tennis suits and holding rackets, as a recording of Williams’ memorable 2000 interview with NBC played in the background.
“I want people to remember me as the girl who changed tennis or was just able to bring something new to the game,” she said in the clip.
Her inclusion in the event makes sense, as Williams announced she is retiring from tennis to focus on her family in her cover story for the September issue of Vogue; she headlines the magazine in a pale blue Balenciaga dress, accompanied by her daughter Olympia.
She was joined by four “ball girl girls” dressed in white Nike tennis suits.Getty Images for Vogue
While this wasn’t Williams’ first runway moment — she made her debut at Off-White’s fall 2022 show following the unexpected death of designer Virgil Abloh — she was joined by a few big names on the runway from Vogue World.
Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, Irina Shayk, Lila Moss, Helena Christensen, Shalom Harlow and Karlie Kloss modeled alongside celebrities like Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Erykah Badu.
Of course, the guest of honor was sitting next to Anna Wintour.Getty Images for Vogue
Meanwhile, stars like Kanye West, Lori Harvey, Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker, Keke Palmer, Doja Cat and Jared Leto watched from the front row.
Models donned new looks from the Fall/Winter 2022 collections of Balenciaga, Dior, Gucci, Valentino, Burberry, Coach, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Diesel, Banana Republic, Tory Burch and more for the stylish “street fair,” which it also included collaborations between iconic New York restaurants and famous brands like Michael Kors x Katz Deli’s and Banana Republic x Magnolia Bakery.
To close out the celebration, Lil Nas X performed his hit song “Industry Baby.”
Williams held hands with her friend and fellow model Gigi Hadid.GC images