W: Congratulations on your Olympic gold with Serena. Have you had any time to relax?
Venus Williams: Not really. I had to start practicing immediately the next day, but I'm, you know, living the dream. You gotta do it.
W: At Wimbledon, you hit your fastest serve ever: 129 mph. What speed are you aiming for at the U.S. Open?
VW: I'd love to hit 130 but we'll have to see. Sometimes when you try to hit harder, it goes slower because you're muscling it. When it happens, your arm has to be like a whip--nice and loose.
W: Will you be wearing EleVen at the U.S. Open?
VW: I sure will. I'm wearing a bodysuit this year, with a skirt over it. It's bright pink and black with a rectangles print on it. I'll also be wearing the Goddess dress that I wore at Wimbledon, but this time in fuchsia and in black. And with matching shoes--they're black and pink, too.
W: What can we expect from your next collection for spring?
VW: Bigger prints and more prints. I was inspired by a lot of the designers' collections from fall, like watercolors and things like that.
W: When not wearing EleVen, what can we find you in?
VW: All I do is wear EleVen; you can't find me in anything else.
W: Really? So you're wearing it right now?
VW: No, actually, I'm wearing Diane von Furstenberg!
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Above: The Venus Williams-designed EleVen outfits that she's wearing at
this week's U.S. Open. Sketch courtesy of Steve & Barry's.
W: Have you given any thought to your fall wardrobe yet?
VW: I've been thinking more about accessories and shoes and makeup. I want to buy a gold sparkly eye shadow just for everyday to feel a little more glamorous.
W: When in New York, where do you like to shop?
VW: I always go to Frette, but I usually never buy. I also love Hermès, especially their cashmere blankets. Serena just bought me one so now I have three. She got me a gray one with an a Mongolian horse warrior on it.
W: Last December you received a degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. How did you find time to make it to class?
VW: It took me eight years, but I finally got to the end. I thought I was never going to make it.
W: And you also operate V Starr Interiors. Do you think about interior design the same way you think about fashion?
VW: They're definitely related. I think that sometimes interior design follows fashion, especially with colors and things like that. With interior design, trends stay around a lot longer.
W: So your bedroom isn't fuchsia and black yet?
VW: No, not yet, but maybe soon.