LOS ANGELES — It’s clear Venus Williams would like to furnish her life with something other than massive tennis trophies.
The second-ranked player held a news conference at the Pacific Design Center here Tuesday to unveil V. Starr Interiors, a home decorating service with two clients — so far — and the hokey tag line, "Come see what the racket is all about."
Williams, whose business card reads "Venus Ebony Starr Williams, CEO," was in a strapless, cream-colored dress and charm bracelet (courtesy of Fred Segal Melrose) and an ankle bandage (courtesy of the courts).
Flanked by big sister Isha and oversized shots of a current design project — a Spanish-style home with Mediterranean flavor — Williams was enthusiastic about all eras and styles, including "the ones that haven’t happened yet."
"I think I might be good with those," she said.
As for some of her favorite inspiration, Williams cited interior designer Helene Haas’ work (lots of purple and funky Aboriginal furniture), which is in the Florida pad she shares with sister Serena. The business is based in Palm Beach, Fla.
She characterized V. Starr as a matter of love, not money.
"Tennis is my first love, but it’s hard to be one-sided," she said.
She will remain on the world tennis circuit and will take on clients as time allows. She’s been working on the project for about six months.
She’s hardly one-dimensional. There’s the namesake collection with Wilson’s Leather — and launching her own fashion line still tantalizes.
"Fashion? I’d love to," she said. "But it’s a bigger project. I’d need a lot more staff. I’d have to borrow money."
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“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia