André Leon Talley Vetoed One of Venus Williams's Outfits
By Max Berlinger
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.