NBA Runway, Week 1: The Best of Walk-In Fashion from Opening Week
The NBA is back, as is all of the league’s head-turning fashion. The players did not disappoint during opening week, delivering their best looks from streetwear to suits. Here are CloseUp360’s top five outfits from the first several days of the season.
1) Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves
Outfit: Vivienne Westwood suit from her Fall/Winter 2018 collection
Jimmy Butler joined LeBron James, Jordan Clarkson and Draymond Green among NBA players who have embraced the cropped-pant look with formal wear. Styled by Khalilah Beavers, Jimmy rocked this unique camouflage-patterned suit by Vivienne Westwood with pants shortened just below his calves. The Minnesota star garnished the suit with black leather sneakers and a black leather moto harness as a subtle statement piece.
2) LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
Outfit: Tom Ford, Jil Sander and Nike
LeBron James arrived to his Lakers debut rocking a smart streetwear look with a formal twist. For the hoodie-jacket combination, he wore a black Jil Sander dropped shoulder hoodie paired with an army green-colored suede jacket. The Lakers’ new superstar dressed up the look with a tapered ankle cropped pant in Tom Ford grey herringbone trousers. LeBron enhanced the ensemble with a green crossbody bag to complement his jacket and green-trimmed Nike shoes with a green swoosh. The kicks were from a collaboration with "Ju Working on Projects," as part of the “Game Worn” collection released in July. The newly revamped sneaker is a take on Nike’s 1982 vintage Sky Force silhouette.
3) Tim Hardaway Jr., New York Knicks
Outfit: Leather jacket and Gucci boot ensemble
Tim Hardaway Jr. pulled off a super fresh fit before dropping 31 points on the Atlanta Hawks in New York’s home opener. He coupled a vintage-style leather motorcycle jacket with a black turtleneck—a staple of current NBA fashion. Tim went full fall fashion, adding the crimson colored slacks by popular suit designer Musika Frere. The 26-year-old accessorized the look with a gold chain necklace and black leather Givenchy Pandora messenger bag. The Knicks guard’s Gucci boots combine traditional brogue details with the brand’s signature tiger head hardware in the strap and buckle over the toe—a style inspired by the 1980s punk movement—and a noble golden bumblebee embroidered on each heel.
4) Monte Morris, Denver Nuggets
Outfit: Hypebeast streetwear look
Monte Morris went for a casual styled look to the Nuggets’ season opener against the Clippers, donning streetwear brands Supreme, Ih Nom Uh Nit and Balenciaga. Styled by Rocio Doyle of Lucia Rocio, the second-year Nugget selected a Supreme graphic t-shirt featuring the rapper Nas on the front, along with a red nylon Supreme waist bag as a sling bag across his chest. The Michigan native’s tearaway jogger pants were from Ih Nom Uh Nit—an up-and-coming luxury streetwear brand based in Paris—with red stripes down the legs, providing thoughtful accents complementing the items from Supreme. The laceless sneakers Monte wore were the speed trainers from designer brand Balenciaga.
5) Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
Outfit: Sleepwear by Dolce & Gabbana and Del Toro
Draymond Green’s pridefully-worn pajama look turned heads on “Ring Night” at Oracle Arena. The silk pajamas designed by Dolce & Gabbana, known officially as “pyjamas,” were patterned with little gold crowns and small “DG” logos, and trimmed with gold piping. Draymond accessorized the sleepwear with a white undershirt, gold layered chains on his chest and a pair of gold-rimmed faux eyeglasses. To complete the look, the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year wore a pair of custom smoking slippers designed by Del Toro. With a black velvet base, the slippers are exquisitely embellished with an embroidered “3” on the right shoe and the Larry O’Brien Trophy on the left—both tributes to the three championships Draymond has earned with the Warriors.