Russell Westbrook is known for his freak athleticism and tenacious play night in and night out. However, he is also known for his bold fashion statements pre and post game in the playoffs. The Thunder guard took his style to New York City for fashion week, and stole the show.
The New York Times wrote a feature piece titled, “Russell Westbrook, Shedding The Uniform For New York Fashion Week”, where Westbrook describes his fashion and where he gets it from:
The shows, as an experience, have been amazing,” Mr. Westbrook, 24, said of his Fashion Weekwhirlwind. He added that he found that stepping out of the usual basketball scene and meeting designers “was refreshing.”
“It was a learning process for me, to be able to see the shows from a different point of view,” he added. [...]
Yet, unlike some athletes, who might be satisfied with a fashion show appearance or two, Mr. Westbrook has greater ambitions. Over a recent lunch, dressed in a fitted black tee and dark bluejeans that he had cut into capris (a silhouette he’s liking right now, he explained), he kept circling back to his need to stand out, to “shift to a different lane and find my own way.” Perhaps unsurprisingly, one day, he would like to have a line. He also consistently works with a tailor, Johanna Alba who, for better or worse, sews custom designs for him. [...]
“Personally, the things you see on the runway are the best pieces, and the items I happen to like,” he said with a shrug. “And they’re controversial pieces that people talk about. Somebody is not going to like it.”
Westbrook’s bold and outgoing display of himself continued last week, and I won’t be surprised to see if Westbrook uses some of the lessons he taught this week, for post-game interviews this season.