LeBron James and his stylist Rachel Johnson.
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LeBron James is one of the biggest names in sports. Today, tomorrow, and for the better part of the forseeable future. Tonight, King James and his Miami Heat teammates take on the San Antonio Spurs for Game 1 of the 2013 NBA Finals. As you may or may not know, LeBron was equally as lauded for his presence off the court during last year's Finals, thanks to a little healthy fashion competition between the Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder. With that kind of precedent, there's no telling what this season's match-up has in store on the style front, but we hit up LeBron's long-time trusted stylist Rachel Johnson to try and extract those answers before game time anyway.
Rachel, along with Dwyane Wade's stylist Calyann Barnett, is one of the pioneers of the whole sports styling scene. She's seen it grow from scrounging up custom-tailored designer duds from the few labels that would do it to anchoring an agency of stylists (Thomas Faison) and outfitting the hottest player in the game. We caught up with her to chat about dressing LJ and since we're nearing the end of basketball season, where in the world of sports we might be able to get our fashion fix next. Check it out!
The Wanted's Siva Kaneswaran has signed to Next Models.
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In a most unsurprising turn of events, The Wanted's Siva Kaneswaran has just signed to Next Models. You know how there are just some dudes you look at and immediately think, "MAN, that guy could be a model"?? That's Siva. To a T. Tall, dark, and handsome. Lean, lanky model frame. A coiffure that's both luxurious and manageable. Impossible cheekbones. Not to mention, he's already got that whole piercing "Blue Steel" thing down pat. From their People's Choice Awards five shades of gray to their coordinating Tommy Hilfiger togs on last year's VMA red carpet, The Wanted dudes have been doing clothes justice since they first burst on the scene, and Siva was the group's style stand-out for sure. This kind of development—Siva signing to an agency—only makes sense, especially considering the guy's actually modeled before!
OMG y'all. Last night, our boyfriend Joe Jonas shaved his head. Like, there's no easy way to say it—his adorable raven locks are totally, irreversibly gone. Donezo. Finished. Extinct. Gone bye-bye. Basically, we were perusing our Instagram feed last night and AUDIBLY gasped when we stumbled upon an adorable play-by-play pic of him shaving off his luscious strands. His caption simply read, "Oops," but judging by how he took a "before" snap, we're guessing this was no mistake. In the first pic, he's sporting his standard shaggy-on-top-short-on-the-side steez, and it looks like his hair stylist is giving him a quick side trim until... it goes totally AWOL.
Justin Bieber watches Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
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For basketball fans, all eyes were on Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers last night—THE deciding game of who will represent the East and battle it out with the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals this year. As it happens, though, for those watching the game, all eyes were on Justin Bieber. No, the 2011 Celebrity All-Star MVP wasn't tagged into the game to swing the score in the fourth quarter. The Biebs was commanding attention courtside thanks to his outfit. Justin had prime seating for the series-deciding game and went with a leather baseball jersey (*side eye*), leather pants (presumably drop crotch), indoor sunglasses, and a bleached denim Heat snapback with a bright red brim.
Justin Bieber and his new knight tattoo.
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It's getting to the point where it feels like Justin Bieber is getting a new tattoo every other week. That's not true, of course; it's more like every other month, but STILL, being major commitment-phobes, we're surprised and excited every time Biebs turns up with yet another new piece of permanent ink. Looks like Justin's continuing to fill up that left forearm (presumably working toward a full-blown sleeve) with his newest addition: a nearly full-body portrait of some sort of medieval knight character.
Dwyane Wade and his stylist Calyann Barnett.
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When it comes to the unique (but growing) intersection of sports, more specifically basketball, and fashion, there is one dude who consistently slays, always dressing a cut above the rest: Dwyane Wade. The Miami Heat point guard was one of the first to start wearing "nerdy" thick-rimmed glasses to the post-game podium, helping jumpstart and trend within the league. From there, he's catapulted to bona fide style star status, appearing alongside our girl Karlie Kloss in Vogue (granted, he's shirtless), collaborating on dress shoes (not just sneakers!), and hosting his own charity runway show. Of course, it's important to note that he does this all with the help of one very talented lady who was the catalyst for his fashion overhaul, his stylist Calyann Barnett. We caught up with Barnett for a quick chat about Flash's wave-making style as we look forward to aaaaall the amped up post-game podium looks to come while the Heat forge ahead on their quest for another go-around at NBA Finals glory. Check it out!
Whew! We don't know about you guys, but we've been having some serious Jared Leto withdrawal. Lucky, he's back in the limelight thanks to the release of his 30 Seconds to Mars album Love Lust Faith + Dreams last week, and we could NOT be happier. Most recently, he hooked up with menswear retail site Mr. Porter to show off some of their latest minimally-chic duds in a killer black and white spread, and, well, we're basically dead now. Long gone are the days of punky Mohawks and blue tinted tips—Jared went au naturel and pulled his brunette strands back into a non-fussy ponytail. He sported Cutler and Gross shades with an ombre Paul Smith button-up shirt and Alexander Wang crewneck sweatshirt.
Craig Sager's 2012-13 NBA Season suits.
Before post-game Playoffs style, before the faux glasses fashion Finals, there was one guy consistently and single-handedly ramping up the sartorial game of the NBA: Craig Sager. The NBA on TNT sideline reporter has made a name for himself by combining exemplary work with a very distinct personal steez (as in, you can see this guy coming from infinity eye-bugging miles away). In a field wherein being fashion forward has previously taken a backseat, Sager's technicolor "suit and tie s***" may have been misunderstood, at times even mocked, for years. That never shot his style spirit or deterred him from his trademark look, though, lunging after every brightly colored, kooky print-laden, tailored garment he could get his hands on. That IDGAF attitude and style savvy makes him, to us anyway, a kind of Lady Gaga of the NBA which is high praise from these quarters of the interwebz. Thus, we're celebrating him with a retrospective look at his suits from the 2012-13 NBA season AND a quick chat with Ricardo Aldama who owns and presides over Rex Fabrics, the Miami fabric store responsible for so many of Sager's custom suits.
One Direction and Office Detail join forces!
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We might be busy savoring the first tastes of summer, but the guys of One Direction? Well, they're already thinking about going back to school. Kind of. The Brit boy band has just announced a new partnership with Office Depot on a limited-edition capsule collection of back to school pieces hitting stores on July 5—just in time for the fall shopping season! While we can expect normal BTS staples like notebooks (branded with Niall, Zayn, Louis, Liam, and Harry's faces, obviously), they've ALSO thrown in some not-so-normal items, like nail polish sets in five bright hues (throwback to Zayn's Little Mix mani?!). Sure, news like this is enough to convince anyone—regardless of whether or not you're actually hitting the books come fall—to make an Office Depot run, the best part is, it's for a great cause.
Mac Miller for Neff.
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Dang, if there's one thing we can't get enough of here at MTV Style, it's musicians collaborating with fashion brands. (I mean, hi, look at the name of our blog.) By now we've dissected everything from Rihanna's River Island line to Kanye West's couture womenswear to Nick Minaj's still-in-progress Kmart collection, and today we're adding yet another name to the ever-growing list—Mac Miller. The rapper is known for sticking to his super comfy (yet stylish!) T-shirt and hat game, so he teamed up with Neff, a clothing brand that's know for their classically bold staples (who also collabed with Riff Riff earlier this spring). Founder Shaun Neff said, "We were looking last year at who would be in front of the music and fashion world and Mac miller was our top guy to work with."