For some championship athletes the post-win destination is Disneyland, but for the NBA Finals’ MVP Andre Iguodala it was apparently Paris Fashion Week where he turned up in the front row at Lanvin’s spring and summer 2016 men’s runway show in Paris on June 28.
According to the French fashion house, the Golden State Warriors champ was clad in head-to-toe Lanvin including “a gray washed denim jacket, two-tone gray cashmere sweater, and gray textured cap toe sneakers from the [summer] 2015 Pre-Collection, with navy blue felted wool jogging pant from the [winter] 2015 Pre–Collection.
Iguodala wasn’t the only NBA player in attendance either, according to the Lanvin announcement. Also in the house was longtime fashion-show fixture Amar’e Stoudemire of the Dallas Mavericks -- wearing Lanvin naturally. His ensemble included a “black silk 3-button sleeveless coat with raw edge deconstructed detailing from the [summer] 2015 Runway Collection, beige & black striped cotton t-shirt from the [winter]r 2015 Pre-Collection, and anthracite silk motorcycle pant from the [winter] 2015 Pre-Collection.”
Given that they fall during the NBA’s off-season, the spring and summer European men’s runway shows have long been a destination for the league’s more fashion-forward players. Another regular on the men’s fashion show circuit -- Oklahoma City Thunder player Russell Westbrook -- whose every outfit this season is being breathlessly chronicled by Vanity Fair in an online Fashion-Week Diary that in addition to photos of Westbrook’s sartorial stylings, includes some of the player’s thoughts about the collections.
With the spring and summer 2016 menswear shows in New York now set to take place closer to the European ones -- July 13 to 16 this year instead of in mid-September alongside the women’s shows as they have for many years -- we’ll be interested to see how that affects the number of NBA players spotted in the front rows.
We’re betting there will be a bumper crop of basketball players.
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