To complement the 2016 NBA All-Star festivities, was the eye-catching yet stylish ensembles players elected to don for the prestigious sporting weekend. The temperature was extremely frigid in “The 6” with lows dropping to -20 C, but that didn’t stop basketball stars from flaunting their flashy duds all over the city of Toronto.
What really grabbed our attention was the selection of outerwear pieces. We’re talking lots of extravagant fur, and bulky wool to keep players warm for their commutes. Some guys didn’t let the weather stop them from sporting striking lightweight pieces like leather bikers and bomber jackets.
We teamed up with our friends over at Stylegirlfriend.com to help us highlight the best (and worst) outerwear pieces from the weekend. Check them out below.
MTS: Demarre Carroll and Draymond Green, we love you guys on the ball court, but weren’t too fond of your outerwear picks in Toronto. Demaree wore a neutral leather biker-style jacket with a fur trim, and Draymond sported a custom wool coat with a fur lined collar reminiscent of Walt Clyde Frazier’s coats back in the 70’s.
MTS: Chris Paul was the epitome of winter style, he managed to look cool and be warm at the same time. For a quick interview he was spotted in a $300 Krammer & Stoudt patterned double-breasted coat, accessorized with a Phillip Lim fur stole, and $130 Goorin Bros Hat.
Prior, Chris showed creativity off the court with patterns, for an All-Star photo shoot he dressed in a checkered Bally Swiss Bomber Jacket yoked with a contrast Suitsupply patterned trousers and Air Jordan sneakers.
Fur can definitely steal the spotlight in cold weather look, but it also can be the extra point you need for a winning outfit. The easiest way to get fur involved in your winter style is all in the details: collars, gloves, or even a fur stole will all be eye-catching but not costume-like. -SG
MTS: Stephen Curry was out partying with the wifey over the weekend wearing a $5195 Musika Frere mink lapel lined bomber jacket. The zipper detail gave this jacket a youthful appeal, and mink lapel elevated the look with elegant.
MTS: Russell Westbrook’s fearless approach to fashion was on-hand for All-Star Weekend. The self-proclaimed “Fashion King” shared on his Instagram account two outerwear pieces that immediately caught our attention. He opened up the weekend sprucing up his muted tones with an amazing Givenchy Persian print car coat.
An interesting pattern like Westbrook’s Persian printed coat takes a simple monochromatic outfit from 0-60 in one layer. What’s not to love about that style shortcut? His look is also a prime example of using statement sneakers to level-up a more casual look – a classic win-win situation -SG.
Towards the end of the weekend Russ went for a denim on denim look, pairing his Fear Of God destroyed selvedge, with a vintage-inspired $1595 Fear Of God denim deck coat lined with a sherpa fabric. Denim on denim looks can be a bit complex, start out pairing different shades together like Russ does here.
MTS: Andrew Wiggins stepped out of his comfort zone for the Slam Dunk contest, the demure star was seated courtside donned in a strikingly bold Giuseppe Zanotti metallic biker jacket. This jacket can be a hit-or-miss, but Andrew did a solid job, he played it safe, combining the shiny jacket with minimal pieces.
MTS: ESPN analyst Sage Steele took a good look at Dwyane Wade’s Valentino peacoat, that retails for a hefty $4,250. The details makes the jacket, embellished with beaded embroidery inspired by Native American clothing.
D-wade didn’t stop there, he layered the peacoat with a Dsquared2 snow Parka. We don’t usually see peacoats layered with parkas, but it was that cold in Toronto, very much needed.
There’s something great to be said about layering outerwear (especially when the temperatures are south of 1 degree). We saw Andrew Wiggins add a sporty element to his metallic jacket with a hoodie and D. Wade dominated a neutral look by pairing his peacoat under a parka. If you’re not quite ready to wear fur or metallics on the reg, this is a great style to incorporate into your own wardrobe. Try throwing a leather jacket under your favorite denim jacket or pair a cashmere hoodie under your suit jacket for work. -SG
MTS: Chris Bosh or “Posh Bosh” as we like to call him, bundled up in a classic navy double-breasted wool coat coordinated with a fur scarf, leather duffle bag and boots. Bosh does a fantastic job of assembling a polished look to fit his 6’11 frame.
Rising star Anthony Davis wore a bespoke getup by Alba Legacy. Anthony’s eccentric overcoat was something to talk about. Anthony and his design team get points for thinking outside the box, but a red-dye fur shawl collar? Hmmm.. too much out the box.