Naomi Osaka has two sides. On court, she’s a four-time Grand Slam singles champion thanks to her raw power and aggressive style. But chat to her off court and you’ll experience a laid back and chilled personality. Someone that she herself describes as “gentle like a flower.”
These contrasting sides of Osaka come to life in her new Spring/Summer 2022 collection with Levi’s. The collection comprises five denim pieces, each designed using Osaka’s original sketches, and featuring her “flower bear” logo — a symbol of her personality. It’s a 90s-inspired collection with double denim styling and asymmetrical silhouettes.
Let’s start with the Mermaid Skirt with its 5-pocket design and asymmetrical raw hem. It also features two-tone denim panels and contrasting back pockets. The long Artist Coat also has these contrasts in denim, plus dropped shoulders, voluminous sleeves, a button front and an oversized fit. Both carry the iconic Levi’s Red Tab.
The ‘93 Jeans and Zip Up Trucker Jacket both feature a one-of-a-kind laser-printed bear and flower print. The straight-fitting jeans have the print high on the top of the leg and the jacket uses it as a repeated motif across the body.
Rounding off the collection is the Chainlink Top with zip-up front, a corset-inspired design, a smocked back, and tie-back halter straps.
The five pieces are all made from 100% organic cotton, which uses no synthetic pesticides and saves water. However, this seems like a step backwards in comparison to last year’s collection which was constructed from vintage and upcycled denim, instead of virgin material.
“I wanted to keep this collection fun and playful, and also include some pieces for everyone,” said Osaka. “I was trying to bring some light-heartedness with this collection as a reminder for us all to enjoy the life we’re living and not take things too seriously. Best of all, these pieces all make me feel super confident and comfortable because they’re all so flattering and fun to wear.”
The Levi’s x Naomi Osaka collaboration is available on the Levi’s app and Levi.com now.