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What Emma Raducanu thought of her first fashion show

You might be used to seeing British tennis star Emma Raducanu on the court, but this week the professional athlete swapped her trainers for heels to take advantage of the latest trends from Paris Fashion Week. While Raducanu has traveled the world for her various tournaments, she admits that she has a soft spot for the City of Light. “I love Paris and food, so I always try to make good meals,” says Raducanu. “I was only in Paris for a very short time, so I didn’t have the opportunity to do too much. I walked around the city a bit, it’s so pretty!

Considering this week was Raducanu’s first fashion week already, she was particularly thrilled to attend Christian Dior’s spring 2023 presentation. “It was my first show,” she says. “It was really exciting to see all the buzz – and obviously all the different styles and outfits.” This season, designer Maria Grazia Chiuri was inspired by French Queen Catherine de’ Medici, who reigned from 1547 to 1559, and Raducanu was a fan of the theater that accompanied her. “I loved the whole atmosphere, from the set design to the music to the dancers,” says Raducanu. “It was pretty epic and very cool. The historical Paris theme that still had modern features worked so well. Her favorite looks in the new collection were the most themed ones.” I really liked the looks with the old designs historical maps of Paris on different skirts and corsets,” she says.

Although she may be a fashion week newbie, Raducanu admitted that she needed a strong look for the front row. For her VIP cameo, she wanted an ensemble that stayed true to her own style, but was just a more elevated version of it. “I wanted to wear one of Maria Grazia’s signature styles, but also something comfortable,” says Raducanu, “so I chose a skirt and jacket that embody that.” Specifically, she wore a blue cotton jacket, black knit sweater and printed cotton skirt from Dior’s Fall 2022 collection, with buckled pumps.

As someone used to dressing for performance on the field, the athlete adds that she often looks for more comfortable clothing when off duty. “I like to wear something quite casual and comfortable, like a knit sweater and flared jeans,” she says. “But when I get the chance to go to events like this, I have a little more fun dressing up and trying out different styles. I had the chance to wear beautiful Dior dresses. When it’s not fashion week, she’ll be wearing some of her must-haves this fall. “I will wear a jacket or coat over sweaters with jeans.” she says. “I will probably spend a lot of training in the fall in warm weather, so it will be even more summer clothes.”

As the tennis season is nearing its end, the athlete will take part in a few final matches before the end of the year. “I will be playing tournaments in the Czech Republic, Romania and Mexico over the next three weeks,” she says of her schedule. “It was good that there was a gap in the program that allowed me to attend fashion week with Dior, but it’s back to training and preparing for the next tournament. ”

Below, check out some exclusive photos from Raducanu’s Paris Fashion Week.

Hazel J. Edmonds

The author Hazel J. Edmonds