FASHION HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2014 NBA DRAFT
The NBA Draft marks the ultimate collision of basketball and fashion. In addition to draft order, rookie style statements are a focal point for fans. Prospects have become well-versed in the fashion game, in an effort to avoid draft day style blunders. This year’s wardrobes were meticulously planned in advance, from the fit of suits and carefully coiffed manes, to details like tie bar placement and pocket square puff. Custom tailors and stylists kept clothing choices under wraps, until the league’s future stars hit the stage for their sartorial debut.
Across the board, players donned fitted suits, shawl collars and floral lapel pins. Similar to last year, personalized jacket linings continued to be a prominent trend. Below are A Glam Slam’s 2014 NBA Draft fashion highlights:
Andrew Wiggins (designed by Brandon Williams & Waraire Boswell): Wiggins, the #1 draft pick, hit the stage in the evening’s most buzzed about ensemble. He enlisted the help of an all-star styling squad, with the pairing of stylist, Brandon Williams, and bespoke tailor, Waraire Boswell. Both Williams and Boswell have experience working with a range of NBA athletes, including Mike Conley, LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
The highlight of Wiggins draft day fashion was his black and white printed, shawl collar jacket. Boswell described it to WWD: “It’s superexclusive and we were told it was for when royals vacation or go to a country club. It’s a European bird’s-eye fabric. I guarantee no one will have anything even close to what he’s wearing.” He accented the piece with a black bow tie, trousers and loafers, as well as a pair of thick-rimmed specs and a diamond lapel pin.
(photo via @womensweardaily)
Jabari Parker: Parker opted for a style that was sleek and clean, adding a bright pop of color with a red floral lapel pin. Fresh off signing a new deal with the Jordan Brand, he also sported a gold branded tie bar, designed by John Bannayan.
Julius Randle: Randle was styled in a light gray suit with contrasting black collar. Per GQ magazine, the suit was a “custom gray chesterfield from his local Dallas haberdashery.” Details were key, from the large black bow tie, to the plaid lapel pin, to the white pocket square with black piping.
Nik Stauskas and Doug McDermott (designed by Trunk Club): Stauskas made a bold statement from head-to-toe. He donned a windowpane suit, with a patterned pink tie and a pink pocket square. To finish off his ensemble, he chose a pair of pink polka-dot socks. He posed below with Doug McDermott, who was also dressed in Trunk Club threads.
(photos via @eadenmyles)
Marcus Smart (designed by ALBA Legacy): Smart donned an elegant, custom design from ALBA, complete with a personalized jacket lining. The jacket’s light blue interior was decorated with his logo, as well as details about his life story.
(photo via @SLAMOnline)
Adreian Payne: Payne incorporated pink into his draft day digs, a sweet tribute to 8-year old Lacey Holsworth, who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year. His jacket interior was also embroidered with the words: “Adorable Lacey.”
(photo via @freepsports)
Aaron Gordon (designed by Elevee Lifestyle): Gordon was dressed in the perfect blue hue, to match his new home with the Orlando Magic. His handsomely tailored suit made him one of the night’s best-dressed.
(photos via Jennifer Pottheiser/2014 NABE; @iamaarongordon)
Noah Vonleh (designed by Elevee Lifestyle’s Boushra Alchabaoun): Vonleh chose a cobalt blue suit, embellished with a white bow tie and patterned pocket square.
Dario Saric (designed by Elevee Lifestyle’s Boushra Alchabaoun): Saric paid homage to his roots, with a jacket lining that featured the Croatian flag. His gray suit was accented by the unexpected pairing of a blue shirt and a burgundy bow tie.
Dante Exum (designed by ALBA Legacy): Exum was perfectly polished in a fresh black, white and gray color scheme. His light three-piece suit was paired with a checkerboard shirt and polka-dot tie. Leaving no detail unturned, he accessorized with Aussie-themed cuff links and had a Melbourne graphic inside of his jacket.
Shabazz Napier: Napier jazzed up his slim fitting suit with an impressive sock and shoe game.
T.J. Warren: Warren added excitement to a standard suit, with a unique shirt choice. The red and white striped top featured a black collar, as well as black cuffs with red buttons.
(photos via Mike Stobe/Getty Images)