André Leon Talley Vetoed One of Venus Williams's Outfits | Out Magazine

André Leon Talley Vetoed One of Venus Williams's Outfits

André Leon Talley Vetoed One of Venus Williams's Outfits

In this week's edition of the New York Times column, "What I Wore," Venus Williams describes—in great detail—her daily ensemble(s), and the though process behind them. Personally, I'm obsessed with this column, because you really can glean so much about a person from A. what, exactly, they select to wear and B. why they do so—plus, it's a little sneak peek into the day-to-day pursuits of a variety of people from different backgrounds and working in different fields. For instance, I learned that the tennis pro keeps a raw-food diet, is not afraid of bling ("I say accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. If you don’t accessorize, someone else will," she says), loves herself a pair of J Brand jeans, and has her own tennis-based apparel line EleVen—who knew? Probably somebody out there, but not me. My favorite little tidbit, however, was when she was picking out an outfit for a day of meet-and-greets to promote her line, Vogue contributing editor and former ambassador of realness (in my head, at least) on America's Next Top Model (cycles 14-17) magically appears like a fairy godfather (no pun intended—promise!) to advise the athlete on her attire. Left to her own devices, Ms. Williams opted for a color-blocked dress, but the discerning Talley put the kibosh on that stat. It wasn't a subtle suggestion either, Williams said the caped fashionisto, "insisted I wear something else." Insisted. Obviously there was a fashion emergency taking place. Talley instead had his gal pal toss on a pleated skirt (um, Prada spring 2012, anyone?) and paired it with a pink and black patterned top (he's really pushing that spring print trend). Whew. Crisis averted. 

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