James Harden, Pierpaolo Piccioli and Serge Ibaka in the front rowValentino show, Spring Summer 2018, Paris Fashion Week Men's, France - 21 Jun 2017

TALL TALES: Towering above the media and retail folks, basketball greats including Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and James Harden sat front row at the Valentino show, along with Gabrielle Union and Italian actors Francesco Scianna and Eduardo Valdarnini.

Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, James Harden and Serge Ibaka in the front rowValentino show, Spring Summer 2018, Paris Fashion Week Men's, France - 21 Jun 2017

Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, James Harden and Serge Ibaka  Stephane Feugere/WWD

It may have been Harden’s first time at Paris Men’s Fashion Week, but he’s no stranger to the business or to the French capital. “I’m doing a collaboration with Y-3 — and we have another meeting here tomorrow,” said the bearded basketballer, who plays for the Houston Rockets. “We’re doing sneakers, clothes, everything, and it’s coming out very soon,” said Harden, who was wearing a chunky gold and diamond necklace by Jason of Beverly Hills.

James Harden in the front rowValentino show, Spring Summer 2018, Paris Fashion Week Men's, France - 21 Jun 2017

James Harden  Stephane Feugere/WWD

Union, who was sitting nearby dressed in a long, strapless eau de nil Valentino dress, talked about her many upcoming projects. She’s just wrapped the latest episodes of “Being Mary Jane,” and is set to begin filming “Breaking In,” which she described as a “reverse ‘Panic Room,’” where the baddies have broken into the house where her children are — and she tries to get back in.

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade in the front rowValentino show, Spring Summer 2018, Paris Fashion Week Men's, France - 21 Jun 2017

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade  Stephane Feugere/WWD

“I’m happy to be back doing action films,” said the actress, who is also starring in an Emilio Estevez movie called “The Public.” She said she plays a “wily news reporter” in the action film where “librarians are heroes. They save the day.” Written and directed by Estevez, it stars Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater and Taylor Schilling.

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