2016 NBA DRAFT FASHION PLAY-BY-PLAY
The 2016 NBA Draft sartorial game was marked by a mix of simple styles and flashy fashions. It has become commonplace for prospective players to seek out bespoke tailors and personal stylists, to develop custom creations from head-to-toe.
Among the evening’s top trends were burgundy and red hues, classic bow ties, and special finishing touches, from personalized jacket linings to signature socks. A Glam Slam breaks down the 2016 NBA Draft fashions:
Ben Simmons, the draft’s #1 pick, chose a sleek three-piece suit from Brioni. In a sea of bow ties, he opted instead for a golden neck tie. Overall, the look was modern yet timeless, keeping Simmons safe from a place in draft day fashion infamy.
Ben Simmons on his 3-piece suit: “I’m about to be in a league where no boy’s are allowed, so I went classic." pic.twitter.com/jn5gkSSCnH
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) June 23, 2016
Ben Bentil was dressed in a custom shirt designed by Serge Ibaka and ALBA Legacy, giving a nod to his home of Ghana.
In addition to Bentil, ALBA outfitted a wide range of draftees, including Jaylen Brown, Malachai Richardson and Marquese Chriss. While all three prospects chose red and black hues, their suiting styles were distinctly different, with a double-breasted jacket and a bejeweled bow tie among the individual features.
Andrew Wiggins and Karl Towns opted for standout jacket styles for the 2014 and 2015 NBA Drafts. This year, the baton was passed to Brandon Ingram. Ingram’s jacket took center stage, with an eye-grabbing silver and black print, a custom design from Elevee Lifestyle’s Boushra Alchabaoun.
Alchabaoun also created the draft day styles for the likes of Jamal Murray and Thon Maker. Murray was the epitome of cool, in a fresh black tux. Maker’s burgundy suit flattered his long and lean physique, and the plaid patterned tie was a perfect complement.
Pantheon Limited, whose suits are designed by celebrity designer and founder, Ethan Weisman, was responsible for outfitting first round picks including Wade Baldwin, Dragan Bender and Caris LeVert. Baldwin chose a silk and wool blended purple/maroon suit, while Bender opted for a silk and wool grey jacket and charcoal bow tie. Caris LeVert gave a serious nod to his alma mater, Michigan, with his maize and blue digs.
— SI NBA (@si_nba) June 24, 2016
With an interesting mix of high and low fashions, Kris Dunn paired his JCPenney suit with Gucci footwear. To continue to trend of personalized jacket linings, Dunn’s interior offered a shout-out to his high school.
Buddy Hield was also dressed by JCPenney for draft day. A white dinner jacket stood out among the night’s darker hues.
— Buddy Love !!!! (@buddyhield) June 23, 2016
Denzel Valentine was sharply styled in a textured blue suit. He also showed off his personalized socks from Stance.
— NBA Draft (@NBADraft) June 23, 2016