This year’s All-Star Weekend had more of a focus on player fashion than ever before. Taking place at the tail-end of New York Fashion Week, the festivities now included LeBron James’ first-ever NBA fashion show. The extra attention left no room for slacking sartorially, and NBA players rose to the challenge. Here are our favourite looks from behind the scenes.
Kyrie Irving rocked a herringbone jacket pulled over his plain white button-up during media day for a tonal play on textures.
Dwyane Wade brought a little of Miami with him in the form of a floral-print button-up shirt worn under a seasonable long coat.
Zach LaVine had us impressed even before he stepped onto the court to win the All-Star Dunk Contest. He wore a street casual black and white uniform composed of a paisley jacket and textured beanie.
The Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler isn’t afraid to make a statement. He wore what looks like an ombre chambray shirt underneath a matching printed jacket.
Rookie Andrew Wiggins arrived looking like the King in the North wearing a double-breasted wool coat sporting lapels trimmed in fur. He participated in the Rising Stars Challenge and three-point shootout contests.
Carmelo Anthony got into the New York spirit looking like a 50s gangster. He wore a black coat, grey scarf and a medium-brimmed fedora. The man’s never met a hat he didn’t like.
Chris Paul arrived on the scene in his trademark college prep look, wearing an argyle sweater and matching grey trousers.
Kyle Lowry’s first trip to All-Star Weekend saw him wearing a comparatively subtle outfit with plenty of texture—a ribbed wool sweater supported by a pair of motorcycle denim.
The lack of necktie was conspicuous on Chris Bosh, who recently founded his own men’s accessories brand, Mr. Nice Tie. Instead, he let a textured white sportscoat do the talking, worn over muted black-on-black layers.
Full-time New York Knicks superfan (and sometimes film director) Spike Lee proceeded to his usual courtside seats wearing his signature Knicks orange hat and a sharply-tailored navy suit. The Mars necklace belonged to a character in one of his films.
Nicki Minaj showed up wearing a revealing knit dress to the festivities. She took to the stage during this year’s halftime show as a surprise guest to perform a collab single, “Bang Bang,” alongside Ariana Grande.