IMAN SHUMPERT TALKS HIS NBA FASHION GAME WITH WWD
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Athletes hit the red carpet to celebrate the premiere of the “Beyond the Lights” movie, where Amar’e Stoudemire serves as a producer. Amare’s New York Knicks teammate, Iman Shumpert, was among those in attendance.
Prior to the premiere, Shumpert spoke with WWD about developing his personal style in college, fashion advice from Tyson Chandler, his desire to sit front row at Paris Fashion Week, why he chooses not to work with a stylist, and the NBA Style of his competitors. To check out the full piece, visit here. Below are a few excerpts:
WWD: Speaking of stylists, why don’t you have one?
IS: They’re putting you in a style that most people are in because it’s the trend. So you might have on the same outfit as everyone else. You’re not going to find me in something someone else is wearing. Unless, of course, he’s a very swaggy individual. If he’s got what I have on, he’s got it figured out. You expect a basketball player to come with a white button-down, Balmain jeans, and Balenciagas. You expect that. But when I come with an extended button-down, camos, no socks, Louboutins that have spikes on them, and a bow tie with diamonds, you’ll be like, “What? Who dressed him?”
WWD: Do you look up to guys like Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony or Dwyane Wade because of their fashion credibility?
IS: I respect them, but would I dress like them? No. Would I wear something that you picked out? No. They’re doing great, kudos to them, but throw five guys in a thrift store and see which of the guys comes out the best dressed. I would tip my hat to him.
After deciding between three distinct looks, Shumpert’s red carpet appearance had him dressed in a black moto jacket, pants and fedora, adding a pop of color with an electric blue henley. Amar’e and WNBA star, Skylar Diggins, also dressed up for the occasion: