With styles ranging from impeccably tailored suits to colorful pants to “Nerd couture,” fashion has become an integral part of NBA culture. Making a style statement off-the-court has added another level of competition for players. Arena rivals and post-game appearances can be likened to a fashion runway, even prompting NBA fans to take on the role of fashion critics.
The league is recognizing the ballers who score on the fashion front with the video below, which highlights some of the game’s most stylish stars. They also pose the question: “Who do you think has the best style in the league?”
Check out the footage below and let A Glam Slam know your top picks.
In contrast, the league highlights some of the “Questionable Fashion Statements” seen during the NBA playoffs in the video below:
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TIME magazine recently took a look at the “Nerd-fashion wave” that has spread across the NBA, with Oklahoma City Thunder forward, Kevin Durant, referenced as the “front man for the geek-chic craze.” The post-game fashions during this year’s NBA playoffs have put the trend on full display, with colorful trousers and Steve Urkel-inspired specs spotted on players across the league. But perhaps the biggest sartorial attention-grabbers have been the shirts worn by Durant’s teammate, Russell Westbrook.
Westbrook has used his post-game appearances as a forum to showcase an eclectic collection of shirts, and now fans have come to anticipate new styles prior to each game. In keeping with the “geek chic” theme, his polos and short-sleeve button downs have featured patterns that range from fish hooks to paint splatters to international flags. Though the Thunder are down 2-0 in the Western Conference Finals, … Read More »
In anticipation of the 2012 London Games, ELLE UK tapped David Beckham as the magazine’s first ever male solo cover star. The footballer was part of the delegation that helped London secure the Summer Games and as an Olympic Games ambassador, he recently lit the Olympic torch in the UK. ELLE is not the first high-fashion publication to celebrate the upcoming Games. Vogue magazine was also inspired by the Olympics with a June cover that featured U.S. Olympic hopefuls Hope Solo, Ryan Lochte and Serena Williams. Beckham follows suit as ELLE’s July 2012 cover boy.
“David Beckham is a national hero,” ELLE Editor in Chief Lorraine Candy said. “He is an icon and Elle is known for featuring icons on its cover. This is a first for us on the newsstand and I believe he is loved by men and women alike.”
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For the fifth consecutive year, Major League Baseball teams will honor America’s veterans wearing patriotic on-field fashions. New Era, the official on-field cap of Major League Baseball, unveiled the 2012 “Stars & Stripes” caps that will be worn on Memorial Day and on July 4th, to support the Welcome Back Veterans fund.
In past years, the brand has incorporated a stars and stripes motif with red, white and blue hues, into team hats. This season takes a different design approach. The caps will remain in each team’s official color, but a digital camouflage appliqué will fill the MLB logo on the front of the cap. This new look and feel is similar to modern day military uniforms.
“The Stars & Stripes program is one of the ventures I’m most proud of as it allows organizations, players … Read More »
Tennis’ Grand Slam tournaments always serve up a unique range of fashions. The game’s top competitors are gearing up for Roland Garros with a new crop of on-court styles. Fans can expect to see bold colors that will pop against the red clay courts, and signature details that we’ve come to associate with each athlete. The French Open kicks off on Sunday, but here’s a preview of the styles your favorite players will be sporting when they take center court:
The biggest tennis fashion story leading up to the second Grand Slam of the season centers around world no. 1 male, Novak Djokovic. Djokovic left Italian apparel brand, Sergio Tacchini, in favor of a new clothing sponsor. The tennis star has signed a 5-year deal with Japanese clothing company, Uniqlo, and will serve as a global brand ambassador. Djokovic will debut his … Read More »
After they hang up their helmets and jerseys, NFL players are known to sport some seriously stylish duds. Their competitive nature extends off-the-field as they vie to score the most points in the fashion department. In 2011, Sports Illustrated polled 250 NFL players to determine which player had the best fashion sense. Arizona Cardinal, Larry Fitzgerald, nabbed the top spot. With a style that is sophisticated and unique, his off-field ensembles always make an impact. The NFL fashionisto has revealed in the past that his wardrobe includes over 100 suits, more than 300 pairs of shoes and an extensive watch collection. Fitzgerald may be the league’s sartorial standout but it takes time and effort to acheive his high style status.
“People say I’m one of the best-dressed athletes out there. It doesn’t come easy, I do work at it. I take it seriously.” said Fitzgerald.
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With a name like Ralph Lauren behind their Olympic apparel, Team USA will certainly be among the best-dressed at the London Games. But outside the uniformity, outside of their sport, many of the athletes have a distinct sense of style.
Olympians like Alicia Sacramone, Ryan Lochte and Allyson Felix shared their fashion tips and the clothing items/accessories that are essential to their wardrobes. Shoes were the overwhelming majority in the must-have category and Sacramone admitted that her “prize” after competing in Nationals was a new pair of Miu Miu heels. Here’s a samping of what the athletes had to say:
Walter Dix (Track & Field): “I’m into laid back fashion.”
Lashinda Demus (Track & Field): “I actually would prefer to wear heels everyday if I didn’t have to run.”
April Ross (Volleyball): “I like skirts that are flowy and really feminine.”
Alicia Sacramone (Gymnastics): “I … Read More »
The NBA playoffs are well underway providing another opportunity for the league’s fashion-conscious players to rack up style points. Careful planning goes into each outfit worn off the court and as a result, fans quickly become fashion critics each time players arrive at the arena or take the mic for interviews. Most recently, Nick Young’s Versace shirt became post-game news as did Rajon Rondo’s black and white striped blazer. But the player who remains most notorious for his style sense is Dwyane Wade.
On the court he’s winning games and off the court he’s still setting trends. In a Sports Illustrated poll last year, Wade’s NBA peers voted him MVP in the fashion game. The Heat guard has also landed on countless best-dressed lists, further cementing his status as a style icon. Wade’s passion for fashion is evident in his style of dress but to … Read More »
Tyson Chandler joined teammates Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony at the Met Gala last week. The New York Knicks ballers took advantage of a night off from the playoffs to attend one of fashion’s biggest events of the year. While gearing up for a game is easy, the gala required fittings, styling and last-minute grooming to help Chandler stand out among the fashion elite. Together with his wife, Kimberely, he offered an initimate look at the process of getting red carpet ready.
When blogging about his first Met Gala, Chandler wrote:
“On Tuesday, my wife and I had a rare opportunity to attend the Met gala. Anna Wintour not only invited us, but personally dressed Kimberly, which my wife loved. We had an incredible time being able to spend the night surrounded by every designer you could possibly dream of. It was … Read More »
The style stakes are high for the Olympic Games, as top designers like Giorgio Armani, Stella McCartney and Ralph Lauren are among those who have created signature gear for their countries. Competitors will showcase their pride through this attire, making fashion an integral part of the London Games. In anticipation of the festivities, Vogue magazine is marrying sports and style with an Olympic-themed issue. The publication’s June 2012 cover features Olympians Hope Solo, Ryan Lochte and Serena Williams.
The ladies don gold, retro-style swimsuits in the shot, as they appear arm-in-arm with Lochte. He becomes only the fourth man ever to grace the cover of Vogue, second to LeBron James as far as athletes are concerned. Lochte is known as a fashion plate in his sport and he recently admitted to Sports Illustrated that he would be designing his own clothing line if he wasn’t … Read More »