For the past four days, Miami Heat players have been spotted around town wearing ill-fitting NBA championship ball caps and T-shirts emblazoned with gold trophies and huge gaudy lettering. Not exactly the GQ look Dwyane Wade and LeBron James aimed for the rest of the season, but they had an excellent excuse.
Rest assured, once the celebration is over, the exquisite Tom Ford suits, classy Lanvin and Ralph Lauren apparel, Gucci low-rise slacks, funky Psycho Bunny socks, diamond lapel pins, and technicolor silk pocket squares will make their way out of the Three Kings’ closets. Oh, yes, and the vast collection of chunky nerd glasses, too.
All of the Heat players were impeccably dressed this season. Unassuming coach Erik Spoelstra looked dapper, as well, in narrow-cut dark suits with thin lapels, and white or pastel shirts. But Wade and LeBron took it a step further, combining for a thunderous fashion alley-oop dunk nearly every time they stepped out.
When they showed up at postgame news conferences, there was as much buzz about what they wore as what they said. Both have appeared in Vogue and GQ, and they are front-row regulars at New York fashion shows. They like to shop at The Webster in South Beach and Neiman Marcus at Merrick Park in Coral Gables. Creative as they both are, they get help from stylists — Calyann Barnett advises Wade (in addition to Matt Damon), and Rachel Johnson dresses James and Bosh.
Wade, in particular, has become a trendsetter, known for his bold and colorful fashion statements. He isn’t afraid to wear lavender, pink or bright yellow, and was recently named to the Mr. Porter “Style Council,” an online list of stylish men from all over the world. Wade revealed on the website that he loves Yves Saint Laurent double-breasted velvet blazers, Calvin Klein V-neck T-shirts, Gucci slim-fit slacks with no beltloops, and socks from Tom Ford, Happy Socks, Psycho Bunny and Duchamp.
He is featured in the June issue of Vogue as part of an Olympics spread, and the writer gushes over the Heat star’s fashion sense:
“It would be a cinch to dwell on Dwyane Wade’s record-breaking off-court style, a free point. Here’s a guy who can use color — pocket squares, shirts, ties that don’t just dazzle but change the game — like a three-point shot at the buzzer, the hoop that takes it home.
“Wade is just about the only guy you saw runway-side in Milan [where he stopped the crowd wearing distressed jeans and a sky-blue blazer] who also once paused play in an NBA game — in which he was lead scorer — to adjust the coach of the Philadelphia 76ers’ tie.”
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