The second Nike collection and Naomi Osaka’s Roland-Garros dress
If there’s one thing we know about Naomi Osaka, it’s that she will break any mold you try to fit her into. She is a fierce competitor, a multi-talented athlete on the tennis court who has just reached her peak, and an outspoken advocate for social rights. Justice. He is a global celebrity and a unique voice in the fashion world. She will co-host the Met Gala in September. The list is long and will probably grow.
Now, the 23-year-old four-time Grand Slam winner is channeling all those facets into her new Nike apparel collection, and the results are as bold and beautiful as you’d expect. The capsule, his second with the brand, includes tees, shorts, hoodies, a crop top and a mesh bodysuit, all designed to mix and match a variety of styles that work seamlessly with pieces from his first Nike collection. , released last year.
“I hope the collection reflects dynamic and versatile women around the world,” Osaka told POPSUGAR. “We can be both strong and feminine, both bold and playful – and I want everyone to wear it to feel it.”
Osaka is “hands on” with its Nike collections, said Carly Ellis, senior apparel designer for NikeCourt. “The first time she came to campus, Naomi told us she wanted to be involved in creating new designs with us,” Ellis told POPSUGAR, adding that Osaka has become “more vocal” over the course. the last two years she has worked with Nike. “Naomi is one of the most multi-dimensional athletes of her generation… She is incredibly dynamic and her collection reflects that with just six pieces that can be layered and styled into over 30 looks. She is as multi-faceted as she is. “
As a bonus, Osaka and Nike have also released details of the outfit she will wear at the upcoming French Open, which kicks off on May 30. Osaka will wear a stunning black and white dress with sheer mesh inserts to keep her cool. the sun at Roland Garros, and his shoes are just as stylish: a pair of tie-dye Air Zoom GP Turbos studded with Swarovski crystals.
Osaka told POPSUGAR that when it comes to competition wear, she and Nike talk about what she needs for breathability and mobility, leverage materials and technology to achieve that, and then explore the fashion side. . “We have so much fun playing around with the style,” she said. “What I wear plays a big role in how I feel when I step onto the pitch.”
Osaka also challenges Nike to “think outside the box to blur sport and style,” Ellis added. “Together we are able to explore new materials and designs that help her perform at the highest level, incorporate her personal style and feel good wearing when she steps onto the court. “
Osaka’s Nike collection drops on June 17, and if you want to emulate his style on the court, you’re in luck: for the first time, you’ll also be able to shop his stylish Roland-Garros outfit at retail (May 24 for Nike members, May 31 worldwide). Check out a preview of it all, ahead!