New York Fashion Week, North America’s most important gathering of fashion tastemakers, just came to a close. Anybody that is anybody was there, so of course many of the NBA’s sharpest dressers were on hand, too. As basketball players become increasingly important in the world of style, we tracked down which ballers attended and where they went.
The Miami Heat power forward and centre has been ramping up his presence in the fashion world, and this New York Fashion Week proves Chris Bosh is setting his sights on the top. This past week, he was seen at the show of Billy Reid as well as at Carson Street Clothiers in SoHo, where he launched Mr. Nice Tie, a new neckwear collaboration with Armstrong & Wilson. Nick Young was there to congratulate him (and sip some Hennesy, of course).
Speaking of which, Swaggy P rubbed elbows with some of the biggest names in the fashion industry. Nick Young’s first stop at NYFW was the Hood by Air show, where he ran into NBA superfan James Goldstein, as well as New York Knicks troublemaker J.R. Smith. Later, he even met Andre Leon Talley, Vogue’s editor-at-large. Maybe a GQ spread wasn’t enough for him? Other stops he made along his NYFW journey were Versace Versus, Tim Coppens and the Zegna x Maserati studio, where the brands were showing off their ultra-rare Quattroporte Limited Edition collab.
Everybody dresses to pop during New York Fashion Week, so of course Russell Westbrook found new way to stand out: staying low-key. Wearing nothing much crazier than a shirt and jeans all week (with few exceptions, as evidenced by the above), we saw Russ hitting up the runways for Public School NYC, Phillip Lim 3.1 and Proenza Schouler. He also was spotted attending Nolcha Fashion Week, which provides runway shows for upcoming and independent designers. His card was impossibly full, even for a basketball player. But think back to last year when the man sat next to Anna Wintour in the front row of the Rag & Bone ladies show. You know, only the most powerful woman in fashion. This baller is in.
Checking out the Zegna x Maserati studio with Swedish hockey player Henrik Lundqvist and attending several designer shows (including Rag & Bone and Opening Ceremony) didn’t come near to being the highlight of Carmelo Anthony’s fashion week. Melo watched his son Kiyan walk the runway at the Second Annual Kids Rock Fashion Show presented by Nike and Levis. Yeah, the little guy even gave his pops a wave as he was rocking next year’s Jordan swag. He was in good company with Alexis Stoudemire, the wife of fellow Knicks player Amar’e Stoudemire—she had four children walking the runway.
Aside from chilling with Nick Young at Hood by Air, J.R. Smith was seen at the Tim Coppens show, as well as at the Lexus Design Disrupted event, a music, dance and fashion showcase put together on Pier 36 in the Lower East Side. Like Melo, he was on hand to cheer his daughter, Demi Smith, at the Kids Rock show.