NEW YORK — Andre Iguodala is the latest basketball star to join the fashion flock.
The Golden State Warriors shooting guard, who recently won the most valuable player award at the NBA Finals, remembers scanning runway shows and men’s fashion blogs for looks to wear even before he began working with a stylist.
“When they initially put in the rulebook that players had a dress code, I didn’t have a stylist so I would look for inspiration,” said Iguodala, who was celebrating the start of New York Fashion Week: Men’s with a private dinner hosted by Cîroc at Catch in the Meatpacking District. “I was on sites every day searching to see what looks good on me. That lasted a couple years because it became time-consuming.”
Now Iguodala has a stylist and a closer relationship with the fashion industry. Before attending the dinner Monday night he was clinking glasses with Public School designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne at the Coucil of Fashion Designers of America-Amazon party in Brooklyn, and prior to that he was in Paris to attend the Lanvin and Dior men’s shows.
“Dior was my favorite,” said Igoudala. “It was simple, but stood out. It fit my style.”
Another one of his favorites is Michael Bastian, who made the suit he was wearing Monday night.
“I’m leaving tomorrow night to go to the ESPYS and I’m missing the Michael Bastian show, which is the one show I really wanted to see. I’ve been a fan of his for a long time without knowing who he actually was,” said Igoudala.
The player will be attending the Rochambeau, Public School and Rag & Bone shows this week and he hopes to bring back some ideas to use for his men’s wear style director position at Twice, a secondhand e-commerce platform.
“I’m just trying to get men to have more appreciation for fashion and their appearance and just get them out of their box,” Igoudala told WWD. “It’s been a fun experience because I always wanted to get into the tech and fashion worlds. It’s a great start for me to learn a lot and make mistakes.”