The NBA launched its first ever Social Media Awards last year and the league continues to celebrate its involvement in the social world. The 2013 winners were announced yesterday on NBA TV, in 11 new categories. Included among them was the “Trendsetter Award.” It’s no surprise that style was a featured area, as fashion is a large part of NBA culture. The Playoffs in particular have sparked an added rivalry among the NBA’s elite, in their efforts to achieve sartorial splendor.
Russell Westbrook was the “Trendsetter Award” winner, recognized for his style on and off-the-court. The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard has shown up for games wearing everything from wildly printed shirts to leather motorcycle pants to his signature lensless glasses. He’s been dubbed “the Kate Moss of the NBA” within the fashion industry and he continues to experiment with his post-game style.
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Off-the-ice, there are many hockey players who have an appreciation for fashion. But as it relates to NHL commentating, it is Don Cherry who always dominates the fashion conversation. With a wardrobe characterized by outlandish jackets, unexpected color combinations and a flair for vibrant patterns, he’s largely recognized for his eye-catching sartorial choices. As Elliotte Friedman of CBC Hockey Night In Canada explained:
“We also know that the guy who has mixed fashion and hockey the best is Don Cherry. He has made a living out of combining fashion and hockey and I think that a whole generation of players and media look and that and say, ‘How are we going to do that too?’”
Taking a break from the action on the ice during the NHL Playoffs, Friedman and the Hockey Night in Canada crew turned their focus to fashion. Each member of … Read More »
Over the past few years, there has been a surge in stylish apparel and accessory offerings in the NFL, especially as it relates to female fans. Team-themed fashions continue to evolve to reflect current trends, while catering to the very diverse NFL female fan base. Women can now define themselves as football fans without sacrificing their personal style.
In addition to ramping up its fashion-forward product range, the NFL continues to incorporate high-end pieces into its dedicated women’s apparel campaign. According to WWD, the league recruited famed French fashion photographer, Patrick Demarchelier, to shoot the newest round of ads. Similar to last season, the year’s campaign will feature famous female personalities, actresses and supermodels, as well as wives of team owners. Included on the latest roster of brand ambassadors are: Suzanne Johnson, wife of New York Jets owner, Woody Johnson, Tanya Snyder, wife of Washington … Read More »
Without a particular uniform, tennis affords players a great amount of fashion freedom. Competitors are making a style statement every time they step on the court, and the buzz is as much about their outfits as their skill sets. The second Grand Slam of the season is now complete. Roland Garros established new trends and had players stepping up in terms of style.
Apparel sponsors are becoming more fearless with their tennis creations, as evident in the range of eye-catching designs that hit the famous red clay courts. Blue, orange and yellow were the dominant hues. Graphic prints, tie-dye patterns and color block designs decorated polos and dresses. High socks, leggings and long sleeves added a unique twist to classic ensembles.
From the traditional to the trendy, below is a look at the top sartorial statements from the 2013 French Open:
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In college sports, the field, the court and the ice have come to double as a fashion runway, showcasing each school’s endless array of uniform combinations. Tweaks to helmets, jerseys and pants are numerous, as major apparel companies like Nike, adidas and Under Armour unveil trendy, and at times visually shocking, redesigns from week to week.
The concept of experimenting with team gear is most prevalent in college football and basketball. A growing number of squads attempt to put a unique style spin on standard school designs. With the College World Series Super Regionals underway, baseball teams are now getting into the on-field fashion conversation. Adidas has styled three sponsored schools, Louisville, Mississippi State and NC State, in classic new looks.
Adidas last made waves for its 2013 March Madness adizero uniforms. The gear was bold, in particular the Zubaz-inspired print on … Read More »
The NFL off-season affords players an opportunity to focus on interests outside the game. For Vernon Davis, art and fashion are among his passions. San Jose’s Santana Row shopping district held a fashion event that benefitted the Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts, which promotes art education and art appreciation among youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. The fashion show showcased Summer collections from the stores of Santana Row. The 49’ers tight end made a special appearance on the runway, serving as a celebrity model.
(photo via Santana Row)
CSNBayArea.com also tapped Davis to act as fashion correspondent. As part of his duties, Davis spoke with attendees about the Santana Row event. He also sat down with CSN Bay Area’s Jim Kozimor to discuss his interest in design and fashion, why he sees fashion as art, his acting classes and Super Bowl XLVII. Check … Read More »
From the rookies to the seasoned style pros, players throughout the NBA pay close attention to their off-court appearances. Fashion has become an integral part of NBA culture and has added an element of competition to the game, as players are constantly vying for best-dressed honors. Sartorially speaking, nothing is off-limits for the league’s stars. Wardrobes are marked by eccentric suits, flashy footwear, funky accessories and everything in between.
In a league full of trendsetters, it’s difficult to narrow down the top dressers. Vanity Fair stepped up to the challenge, naming its “Top 10 Best-Dressed NBA Players.” L.A. Clippers guard, Chris Paul, topped the list and according to the magazine, “the man knows how to dress when the occasion calls for it.” The New York Knicks proved to be one of the league’s most fashion-forward squads, with three men on the Vanity Fair roster. Other style … Read More »
An injury forced Andy Murray to withdraw from this year’s second Grand Slam. While his rivals are currently competing in Roland Garros, Murray is working towards his dream of winning tennis’ next big tournament, Wimbledon. In a new feature for British GQ magazine, the 26-year old addresses his critics with regards to Wimbledon, and opens up about his public persona and his Olympic gold medal. A dapperly dressed Murray also covers the publication, alongside the headline, “Man on fire!” The full interview appears in the July issue of the magazine, which hits newsstands tomorrow.
On his public image:
“I would say that I am different from what a lot of people think I am like. What would bother me is if the people around me started telling me that I had begun changing, being an a**e, or something.”
On winning Wimbledon:
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Loudmouth clothing continues to capture the attention of sportsman. The company’s colorful fashions have been seen on a range of athletes from PGA golfer, John Daly, to U.S. men’s Olympic beach volleyball duo, Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rodgers. Last week the company extended its sports-related efforts, announcing a clothing sponsorship of Indy 500 driver, James Jakes.
Jakes wore a custom racing suit from the brand during the Indy 500 on Sunday. This marked the first time that an Indy car driver has worn Loudmouth fashions on the track. With vibrant hues and eye-catching patterns, the company’s apparel is all about making a bold style statement. Jakes hoped his suit would add some excitement to racing’s fashion landscape:
“I spend a lot of time on the golf course and I had the chance to meet Larry Jackson,” said James Jakes. “We talked … Read More »
When he’s not rehabbing his injury, Rajon Rondo continues to fill his free time with another passion: fashion. Last Fall he scored an internship with GQ magazine, serving as a style correspondent for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Most recently, the Boston Celtics guard joined the E! Fashion Police crew of Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos, to talk about his fashion game.
The segment had Rondo discussing his personal style, his favorite designers and the GQ internship, which he intends to do again. He also played a game of “Stash It or Trash It” with the panel. The item of clothing in question was his infamous, black and white striped blazer worn during the 2011-2012 NBA Playoffs. It was a memorable post-game sartorial statement, one that received endless critiques from sports fans.
The Fashion Police panel agreed, as the verdict … Read More »