Fashion Rumors

So what might we see in Orlando? McLeod predicts the resulting looks will closely mirror what we’ve seen at Summer League and preseason games over the years. “Really fun shorts, some fun sneakers, and a T-shirt,” she tells me. But bubble fashion will be less about flexing than about keeping safe: McLeod wants to make sure her clients are simplifying as much as possible to cut down on packages coming in and out of the bubble. Removing a sport coat from the equation is one way to accomplish that goal, but she doesn’t think that means formal wear will be gone forever. “It makes sense for them not to wear [a suit] in Orlando, but I don’t think that’s something we’ll ever go away from,” McLeod says.
Storyline: Orlando Bubble
So what might we see in Orlando? McLeod predicts the resulting looks will closely mirror what we’ve seen at Summer League and preseason games over the years. “Really fun shorts, some fun sneakers, and a T-shirt,” she tells me. But bubble fashion will be less about flexing than about keeping safe: McLeod wants to make sure her clients are simplifying as much as possible to cut down on packages coming in and out of the bubble. Removing a sport coat from the equation is one way to accomplish that goal, but she doesn’t think that means formal wear will be gone forever. “It makes sense for them not to wear [a suit] in Orlando, but I don’t think that’s something we’ll ever go away from,” McLeod says.
Storyline: Orlando Bubble
Dwyane Wade’s got something to cheer about: the reopening of his Wynwood store! He couldn’t be here because of the ‘rona, but he’s still telling Deco about the pop-up. Dwyane Wade: “Yo, I know you guys heard the good news, man!” Dwyane Wade’s The Shop in Pop Up Shop is back in business. The shop was co-founded by D-Wade and celebrity stylist Calyann Barnett, along with NBA star Chris Paul during Art Basel, and it just reopened after being closed for months.
Kellan Olson: Kelly Oubre Jr. has launched his clothing line Dope Soul. “Quarantine and Chill Collection” out now at Via a press release: “Dope Soul isn’t just a brand, it’s a safe community for those who aren’t afraid to be themselves, be different, unapologetically.”

Empire Customs’ tailor, Tamim Ahamdyar, can typically be seen sewing lapels, hemming trousers and nipping and tucking coats to fit just right. He had never before worked on a scarf — let alone one with temperamental loops that threatened to unravel completely with a single wrong move of his scissors. “This was actually like if you think of your grandmother knitting at the couch type vibe,” Abad said. “We do our best never to say no and say, ‘Come on in and give us a shot.'” Tamim began by cutting the 2 yards of fabric in half, stitching it up as he went along so that its fragile loops wouldn’t come undone. He sewed the base of the rectangle to the top of it, creating a loop big enough for Ibaka’s 235-pound frame. By 4 p.m., the scarf was on its way, and less than an hour later, Ibaka was walking into Scotiabank Arena with the fashion statement around his neck. Ibaka exploded for 30 points that night, including a game-winning 3-pointer.
“Big Scarf Energy” — the rallying cry of their winning streak — was born. The coaching staff got scarves. The public relations staff did, too. Even the team’s trainers and doctors were hooked up by Ibaka — all given the same 6-foot-long scarves as basketball players, even if they were significantly shorter. “It’s the biggest scarf I’ve ever seen,” head coach Nick Nurse said. “I dozed off on the couch and I used it as a blanket.”
Designer Philipp Plein is facing backlash over his Milan Fashion Week show, after a tribute to Kobe Bryant rubbed some the wrong way. Plein’s show Saturday night in Italy concluded with a nod to the late Los Angeles Lakers star, featuring models (including former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo and “Red Table Talk” host Jada Pinkett Smith) wearing bedazzled purple 24 jerseys. The background featured a number of gold-coated vehicles, including two helicopters.
Following the show, Plein’s website now features a limited edition “Plein 24” collection, which features a $2,070 bedazzled purple jersey with the number 24 and Plein’s name in place of the Lakers and NBA logos. A purple and yellow sweatshirt version of the jersey is also sold for $3,150. “Philipp Plein is proud to support MAMBA & MAMBACITA FOUNDATION. A tribute to a legend,” the site reads. It is not immediately clear if or how much of the proceeds go toward the foundation. USA TODAY has reached out to representatives for Plein and the foundation for more information.
Storyline: Kobe Bryant Death
Well, apparently, “Sabas” didn’t leave an impression just with his ingenious all-around and diverse game but also with the way he dressed. At least according to one of his most famous and decorated teammates. “Arvydas Sabonis was the best-dressed,” six-time NBA champion Scottie Pippen said during a Q&A video session with the Blazers. [He] Always came with the Euro style and some kind of fresh fragrance. Arvydas… gets the fashion”.
GQ: What is the first memory that you have of each other? Russell Westbrook: We grew up in the Boys & Girls Club. But obviously, being in L.A., playing around the same circuit, me and James played in the same league. It was like an All-American joint. James was a little chubby left-handed dude. [laughs] Who was better then? Westbrook: James for sure. He’s always been very, very talented. And he was younger than I was. James Harden: I was.
James, you’re someone who knows Russ well; what’s something you hear about him often that’s a misconception? Harden: Um, that he’s crazy. I think people just see the passion that he plays with on the court and then think that that’s who he is off the court as well. But he’s a pretty chill, cool guy. He’s very family-oriented and has a tight group of friends that he’s known since high school. He don’t do all the extra nonsense. I think that’s why we relate so much. Westbrook: I always give the example: When you go to work, you’re in a different mode, right? Doesn’t mean that’s how I am all the time. You can’t assume that I’m this intense guy. But it doesn’t bother me, because I know who I am.
Jovan Acree says his “rags-to-riches” story was born after a failed tryout for the New York Knicks. Acree played in the semi-pros — but often found himself sleeping on couches — for over a decade. “Everybody was like, ‘You need to get a job . . . It’s time for you to move on,’ ” Acree, 37, said. “I was like, ‘I’m really going to make it to the pros. So I’m going to keep trying!’ ” But after missing his chance with the Knicks in 2016, he launched his luxury fashion brand, Daekshinco. His denim has now been worn by stars such as Tiffany Haddish, Lil Pump and Cardi B.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma has signed a multiyear extension of his footwear and apparel endorsement partnership with the GOAT app as he continues to expand his personal brand on and off the court. Short for “Greatest Of All Time,” the app was founded in 2015 and is now the world’s largest digital sneaker marketplace, with over 20 million users and 1 million listings across 164 countries.
Kuzma will also showcase GOAT’s newly launched apparel and streetwear selections through his pregame arena entry outfits. The GOAT app will feature a selection of more than 50 streetwear and luxury brands during its pilot apparel offering. “I’m really excited to continue my partnership with GOAT,” said Kuzma. “It’s been great working together and getting to show off a bit of my style through my favorite shoes and gear.”

Though Steven Adams later remembered putting a suit on in 2016 for Russell Westbrook’s Oklahoma Hall of Fame event — “That was probably the last time I wore like shoes and stuff,” he said — he shocked the world Wednesday, strolling through the back hallways of Chesapeake Energy Arena to the Oklahoma City Thunder locker room dressed in a blue three-piece suit, topped with a brown cabbie hat.
Every player on the Thunder roster arrived to Wednesday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies wearing a custom tailored suit, set up and paid for by Paul. He had the idea in the preseason, then brought in a tailor to fit the team a couple of games into the season. The suits finally arrived Wednesday.

“I didn’t realize how much time it takes to put on all that s—,” he said. “It’s a lot longer that I take normally. I didn’t account for it. I was just like, ‘Eh, f— this, mate.'” “A lot of buttons, a lot of weird little things,” he said. “It’s a three-piece suit, which means more buttons in this region. But it’s all pre-made Italian stuff.”
Kemba Walker enjoys two things besides playing basketball for the Boston Celtics: his downtime, and fashion. “We’re on the road so much, when I get downtime I like to really be down,” he said. “When I am down, I’m on my phone just online shopping.” Walker is among the most stylish players in the NBA. He has more combinations of outfits than he does moves on his way to the basket. However, he’s more likely to take a hit from an opposing big man than he is to his wallet.
The bit of frugality, at least when it comes to some of what Walker is buying, comes from his upbringing in The Bronx. Avoiding wasteful spending has been programmed into him. “Yeah, I just can’t. I just can’t,” he said. Sure, there’s a piece here and there that is just too good to resist, but reality prevents him from paying full price. “If I spend $5,000 on a jacket, I’m probably only going to wear it once that year. So I don’t buy it. Or I’ll just wait until it goes on sale. Which it will at some point.”
Salvador Amezcua, 32, is better known as “Kickstradomis,” among the top shoe artists in the game. Give him a pair of kicks, and in due time, you’ll get back an original piece of work, not unlike the kid who started making up his own comic books when he was four, growing up in L.A. A savvy disrupter, Kickstradomis’ creations are a staple throughout the NBA and NFL, and are now reaching into the music and film worlds as well. Among his more well-known clients are Dallas Mavericks sensation Luka Doncic, the Lakers’ Anthony Davis, Timberwolves All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, Utah’s Donovan Mitchell, WNBA 2018 league and Finals MVP Breanna Stewart and L.A. Rams star defensive tackle Aaron Donald. He does all the work by hand, and the backlog is weeks long. Using movie characters, cartoons, any and everything that comes to mind, he can put them on a pair of shoes.
“Now, for 2020, everything’s going to shift a little differently,” he says. “I have to be more exclusive with the people I want to work with. I really choose to work with the guys who’ve been loyal to me, and we have mutual (desires), kind of both want the same things. There’s a few of these guys that really want to see me grow and they’ve helped me in different ways. Those are definitely the ones that I stick to. Luka’s one of them. Donovan Mitchell. KAT. Those are some of my closer guys. But then there’s the new young guys, the new generation.”
On other days, Adams will drop the sandals altogether. When he’s really feeling himself, he’ll walk around in public sans shoes. He’s sauntered out of his pickup truck barefoot at the team’s practice facility and strolled into the building with those massive size 19s flopping onto parking lot concrete at every step. He’s done the same while navigating team hotels or showing up to the team bus. He’ll wait until he has to work out to put on socks and shoes, because, to paraphrase a line from one of his former teammates, why not? “He’s f—— Fred Flintstone,” Andre Roberson said. “That’s a little bit far out there, but that’s Steve.”
Brown is working with another prominent African American designer to further his fashion pursuits. “Chris Bevins, he’s an MIT fellow, he helped me think through some of the thoughts that I had,” Brown said. “We got closer as we engaged in our MIT fellowship. He’s been helping me out, he has a line as well. And he also is a pillar in the fashion community.”
Utah’s no-headband policy reportedly stemmed from the days of legendary coaches Frank Layden and Jerry Sloan, then continued with Ty Corbin. Although nothing was written in stone, they encouraged players to stand out with their play, and not their on-court style, which is why guys were pushed to keep their jerseys tucked in and play with the same colored socks to keep the focus on team unity for many years.
The NBA won’t allow players to wear “ninja-style headwear” this season. Several players — including the Miami Heat’s Jimmy Butler, the New Orleans Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday, the LA Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns and the Brooklyn Nets’ Jarrett Allen — regularly wore the headgear a season ago.
After four seasons in the NBA in the two largest cities in the United States, D’Angelo Russell is finally getting the recognition he deserves – in the fashion world. The former Buckeye was given the hotly-contested title of the NBA’s Most Stylish Player for the 2019 season by GQ magazine, beating out noted fashion-lovers Russell Westbrook, James Harden and last years’s winner LeBron James.
With 16 all-galaxy NBA seasons under his belt, it’s safe to say that LeBron has the energy-of-the-universe thing straightened out. He’s got the packing thing down to a science. And now he’s got even more good luggage to put all that stuff in: along with Dior designer Kim Jones and pianist Yuja Wang, James is one of the faces of hyper-luxury luggage brand Rimowa’s new ad campaign, with short films set to launch between now and June. He’ll get to the luggage stuff, eventually—but we’re about halfway through our allotted ten minutes, and LeBron is willing to indulge my further questions about his candle preferences. “Diptyque is one of my favorite brands. I love all their ranges of candles. I carry those,” he says. (His publicist clarifies that LeBron prefers that brand’s Baies scent.) And if disaster strikes? “If I run out of candles, I’ll actually walk down to the gift shop at the hotel and see if they have good ones. Any time I’m staying at the Four Seasons—I don’t know the brand that they work with, but they have great selections of candles, and I will pick from them.”
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James might be uniquely qualified to understand that line of thinking. Can you think of anyone else whose legacy routinely serves as the topic of debate on sports-talk shows? But he doesn’t spend much time worrying about it, he explains. “I personally just think the way I live my life, my legacy will speak for myself,” he says. “For me, it’s about how I build my legacy as a father, as a husband, as a son, as a friend, as a basketball player, as a guy that works his tail off in the community, giving back to my school back home, in my hometown of Akron, Ohio, the I Promise school.” And if all goes according to plan, he might have something else to add to that list: inventor of the world’s first rollable Rimowa wine case. Only, of course, if he can do it the right way: “I gotta make sure that my wheels on the wine case are bulletproof, so it doesn’t affect my wine!”
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How would you describe your style? I’d describe it as simple. I don’t like to wear anything too crazy. I typically stick to the neutral colors: black, white, gray. How do you keep up with the trends? I don’t, really. I wear what I like and what’s comfortable. I probably got that from my dad. What kinds of clothes make you feel good? Jeans and a nice new T-shirt always feels pretty good, or just a simple sweatsuit.
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Meyers Leonard owns a clothing line called “Meyers Leonard Brand” established about a year ago. One of the first pieces of apparel available to consumers was a hoodie with “Love and Loyalty” inscribed on the back. “Those are the two words that mean the most in my life,” the Trail Blazers center/forward says during a recent in-depth interview with the Portland Tribune. “At the end of the day, money is not going to mean anything. Possessions are not going to mean anything.
The Dri-FIT headband first popped up in the NBA at the beginning of this season, but Jrue Holiday insists this has been a Holiday family staple for at least three years. “Me and my brothers have been doing it since we’ve had longer hair, probably three years at least,” he says. But the inspiration also came from a less expected source: Holiday first started noticing this new style of headband courtesy of the women in his life. His wife is Lauren Holiday, US Olympic soccer player, and his sister played basketball for many years. “We have a lot of friends who played or are playing in the WNBA. The girls have been wearing this same style headband for a while,” he says. When players talk smack on the court for his elevated accessorizing, his response is simple: “I’m always like, ‘Y’all have seen it before!’”
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