Serena Williams Plays Drake Tunes at New York Fashion Week Debut

Serena Williams - P 2015
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Serena Williams - P 2015

There's no better way to show your love than playing your new boyfriend's tracks at your runway show.

On Tuesday, Serena Williams debuted her HSN fall 2015 collection at New York Fashion Week, where high-profile fashion editors sat front row including Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Harper's Bazaar executive editor Laura Brown, Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Lieve and fashion news director Jane Keltner de Valle, as well as Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, who all came to see the tennis great, who just lost the U.S. Open, showcase her latest fashion creations. 

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Not that we were expecting anything less given the fashion community's warm embrace of Williams (she's covered Vogue twice and most recently appeared on the New York magazine's fashion issue cover). And big sis Venus helms her own EleVen line of athletic apparel, after all.  But beyond the clothes, what we really wanted to know was — would new boyfriend Drake be showing up for his reported bae's fashion show?

The answer (thank the heavens!): Yes.


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The rapper, who's been said to be cozying up next to Williams, entered the Metropolitan West venue in Manhattan with a mob of photographers flashing away at him and Wintour as they took their seats. The pair was seen chatting and laughing just moments before the lights dimmed and the presentation began.

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As models strutted down in fringe jackets and skirts, faux shearling jackets, soft knit sweaters and long-sleeve tops with plunging necklines — all which were available for purchase in real-time at (priced between $29.90 to $129.90) — Drake's latest songs, "Hotline Bling" and "Back to Back" among a few other tunes, played as the soundtrack to her show.

Though he kept a straight face for the most part during the show, we have no doubt that Champagne Papi was totally rooting for his boo — in person and via sound.

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While tennis critics complained that Drake could very well have been the Yoko Ono to Williams' recent U.S. Open loss, we can't help but notice just how elaborate her fashion show was and wonder how much time she spent planning. We'd have to chalk up her distractions to both new puppy love and being bitten by the fashion bug (gets you every time). 

Check out the playlist from Williams' show below.