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He's back.
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The decision is in. LeBron James is headed BACK to the Cleveland Cavaliers. I'll be honest, I personally am not a LeBron fan (*winces, ducks for cover*), but for the days between announcing he would opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat and play the field as a free agent, I couldn't help feeling I was being held emotionally hostage by the impending move. Was it all a power move to renegotiate with the Heat? Would he hop to yet another team? Was there actually a chance that he could sign with—*GASP*—my Lakers??? Every scenario seemed up for grabs. But the only one that felt "right"—in what felt like everyone's eyes, not just James'—was a grand homecoming to Ohio.

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Neymar

Worth the fine, TBH.
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You got to hand it to Neymar. Aside from being Brazil's star player and all, he's a master of his appearance. Not only has he invented his own kind of mohawk, he also showed up at his team's first World Cup game with a new frosted-tip boy band 'do–a look that almost overshadowed his playing. Now he's getting people talking once again with another aesthetic choice: his underwear.

We thought that elaborate hairstyles were the best way for players to show off their personalities, but, um, we somehow totally forgot about what's on under their uniforms. FIFA, the organization that governs the World Cup, isn't pleased with Neymar after he exposed the waistband of his non-officially-sponsored underwear (yes, that's a real thing) at the end of last Monday's Brazil vs. Ghana match. The offense is even fineable.

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Andrew Wiggins

Look at that jacket. And those SHOES!
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That headline is a little misleading. I'm not actually asking for your opinion here. I just pretended that I was interested in whatever counter-argument you might make, so that you'd click through. I've spent the last 24 hours poring over throwback NBA Draft photos, and Andrew Wiggins, as far as I can tell, is hands down the best dressed first overall pick of all-time. Bar none. Come at me if you feel otherwise, but I'm. not. budging.

I'm not just saying this because Wiggins has been one of the most highly anticipated draft picks in recent years—so much so that many teams this year were accused of "riggin' for Wiggins" or intentionally tanking to better their odds at landing an earlier slot and nabbing him up before the other teams. I'm saying this because look at that jacket.

Think about every college-age dude you know. Now, think about the last time you saw one of them in a suit jacket. Or some slim trousers with just the right amount of ankle showing—let alone pants that actually fit them. And I'm not even going to make you rack your brain for a memory of them ever wearing a velvet smoking slipper or a lapel pin because even though I've never met them/know what their lives are like, I'm pretty sure 90% of them have never even seen either of those things IRL. If that's not enough to convince you, let's take a look back at the past few drafts' style... "highlights" is too generous of a word, but whatever, let's go with that.

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World Cup

WE LOVE YOU TEDDY!
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If you’ve paid attention to a minute of U.S. soccer this World Cup, or even scrolled through mentions of it in your social feeds, chances are you’re familiar with “Teddy Goalsevelt,” the stan-turned-meme Chicagoan Mike D’Amico who’s attended each game dressed up as Teddy Roosevelt. Over the course of the tournament, he’s practically become the face of American soccer. As you might expect, his backstory is just as good as his costume. After being laid off in September, D’Amico started freelancing and surprisingly found himself with more disposable income. Then in November, he received an unexpected email from the American Outlaws—the biggest U.S. Supporter group—offering him a coveted spot in their vacation package. He hadn’t even planned on attending the World Cup but, with some extra cash socked away, he jumped at the opportunity.

Coincidentally, the agency D’Amico now works for is called Cavalry, a name Teddy Roosevelt definitely would have approved of. “I hadn’t even pieced that together but their logos are trumpets and swords,” he says via Skype from a hotel room in Recife, fresh off of giving a pep talk alongside Will Ferrell at a supporter pre-party for today’s game against Germany. The list of chance events that brought him to this moment—and to putting together his Teddy Roosevelt costume—runs long. “We could do this interview for hours and I still wouldn’t be able to go through all of the bizarre serendipitous events,” he says. We at least got through a handful of them in our talk. Here, D’Amico explains the inspiration behind his costume, how it’s holding up in the heat, and counting Will Ferrell as one of his fans.

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Two buds chilling at the World Cup, NBD.
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MTV STYLE: How was the pre-party for the U.S. vs. Germany game?

No big deal. I just got to hang out with Will Ferrell. Just another Wednesday.

Was he familiar with your Teddy Roosevelt costume?

Yeah, I’m just finding that out from the other U.S. soccer guys. They were in a van with him on the way over and told him I’d be there and he was like, “The guy from TV? That’s the guy I was just talking about!” He was excited and he was so nice. He went out of his way to involve me in everything. We went out on stage at the U.S. soccer party and gave a little pump-up speech to the guys there. It was a blast.

Tell me about the origins of this costume. Did it start out as a Halloween costume?

[Laughs] No, not even. It’s made its debut at the World Cup. I travel a lot for U.S. soccer, at least domestically—this is my first international soccer trip—and there’s always guys at the games that are dressed a little more interestingly than everyone else. There’s always the colonial soldier, the guy in the WWI outfit with the aviators and pilot helmet, and everyone always eats that stuff up. So I thought, If I’m traveling halfway around the world spending all of this money and time, this is probably the time for me to step up my game. As soon as I decided I was going to Brazil, I decided I would do something different. I started thinking about different cultural icons and was also thinking about the fact that I had nine months of beard growth—it was gigantic—so I knew I could dye or carve it into something. One day, Teddy Roosevelt just kind of hit me. I thought it was perfect because I was going to Brazil and was going to be in the jungle. It’s everything that Teddy Roosevelt would have been interested in. If you want someone leading your team and fans into battle in the jungle, it’s Teddy Roosevelt.

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Missoni x World Cup 2014.
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The 2014 World Cup isn't even into the knockout rounds yet and it's already gifted us with a whole bevy of things to talk about: crazy hairstyles, Rihanna's fandom, and all of the stylish gear it has inspired. Now designer soccer balls can be added to that list. Pharrell, Rick Owens, Roberto Cavalli, Missoni, and more put their individual spins (LOL, get it?) on the 2014 Adidas World Cup soccer ball for the Gol de Letra Foundation, an organization that benefits Brazilian youth.

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Greetings from Brazil! For the past few days, I’ve been hanging in Salvador, paddleboarding at the beach, listening to a whole lot of bossa nova, and, oh yeah, watching more soccer than I ever have in my life. Honestly, I’m a World Cup newbie, and as a style writer, one of the things that’s caught my eye is all of the attention to HAIR. Past all of the splashy kicks and colorful World Cup kits (that’s sports code for "uniform"), I’ve learned that hair is really where the players stylistically ~flex~. And there’s been a whole lot of flexing. A week into soccer’s quadrennial tournament, every team has played at least once, so we’ve gotten a full look at all of the hairstyles. Here’s the best of the World Cup hair.

NEYMAR — BRAZIL

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Neymar, who’s emerged as the face of the Brazil World Cup, made his hair his signature well before the tournament began. But yesterday, he upgraded his mohawk-bangs-hybrid for his team’s game against Mexico with some Aaron Carter- and Lance Bass-esque frosted tips. I’m guessing Neymar is a fan of '90s boy bands?

DANI ALVES — BRAZIL

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IMO, Brazil’s whole team pretty much kills it in the hair department. I hope they got a group discount at the salon when Neymar and Dani Alves showed up to get their bleach on. But Alves, who also debuted a blonde 'do at yesterday’s game, might have had different inspo in mind, like America’s Next Top Model’s Jay Manuel and No Doubt’s Tony Kanal. Or maybe they were just paying tribute to the 1998 World Cup when all of Romania’s team showed up with bleached hair.

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Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook is v stylish, and soon, the whole world will know.
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Unfortunately for those of us looking forward to another Heat v. Thunder accessories arms race, the Oklahoma City Thunder narrowly missed their chance to play in this year's NBA Finals—leaving those of us invested in the Western Conference (for reasons I won't get into on this platform) with the Spurs. (Listen, they're a great team, one of the greatest, most consistent of all time, don't get me wrong, but from the fashion side of things offer only this.) But for those of you who, like us, are pining for the days of yore, there's a silver lining. WWD reports that OKC point guard Russell Westbrook is teaming up with Barneys for a very special collaboration. So dust off your lensless glasses, folks. Russ is about to turn your closet UP.

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How America feels about the Super Bowl is how the rest of the universe feels about the World Cup—except it's an even BIGGER deal, because it only comes every four years. We're not going to give you a history lesson, nor are we going to tell you why you should tune in (I mean, c'mon).

Point being: Starting today and running through July, there are going to be a whole lotta games to follow, and you're going to need cool stuff to wear while watching 'em.

TEXTILE ELIZABETH AND JAMES FOR SHOPBOP

World cup gear

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Who knew MK+A were such soccer fans? The world's most fashionable twins produced a line of striped, cropped, and generally rad tees that are so stylish, you'll have no excuse not to watch the games with friends.
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There are two major reasons we look forward to basketball season each year: the thrill of athletic competition and seeing what Rihanna will wear. With the 2014 NBA Finals kicking off tonight, this season will soon be coming to a close (boo!). But on the bright side, we still have one more round of games to watch—and to keep our fingers crossed for more Rihanna sightings.

We've rounded up every single one of the looks Badgal RiRi has rocked in the front row at various arenas this year, and there are a LOT of them. You see, Rihanna is a fan of the NBA, generally—she doesn't discriminate in the name of basketball. Rih cheers on the Nets, the Lakers, the Clippers, the Heat. Often, these teams play each other and when that happens, Rihanna just cheers. Not only is this very endearing, but also, the moments of enthusiastic on-her-feet applause give us all a better look at her outfit. And for that, we're very thankful.

NOVEMBER 22, 2013

Rihanna

Rihanna watches Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers on November 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
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Match-Up: Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Final Score: 95-102 Lakers
Why We Love It: Unclear what's cuter—Rihanna's cameo-adorned Silver Spoon Attire camo bucket hat, or her new (and by "new" I mean new to the world—dude can't even be a decade old) friend.

DECEMBER 1, 2013

Rihanna

Rihanna and her brother Rajad Fenty watch Portland Trailblazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers on December 1, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
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Match-Up: Portland Trailblazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Final Score: 108-114 Trailblazers
Why We Love It: Flexing her signature high-low style, Rihanna wore a Fila snapback and New Balances with a $1,019 Jonathan Simkhai silver leather pencil skirt. She could buy 13 pairs of New Balances for the price of the skirt.

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Today, Forever 21 released their collaboration collection with the NBA. From loose layering tanks to teeny mesh shorts, cropped short-sleeved jerseys to easy T-shirt dresses, the range features sporty but still feminine pieces repping seven of the league's teams: the L.A. Lakers and Clippers, the New York Knicks, the Brooklyn Nets, the Boston Celtics, the Miami Heat, and the Chicago Bulls. Most of the items are free of player affiliations by way of names and numbers, but there are a few special cases.

IDK about you, but I generally like to know at least a little about what I'm wearing before I step out into the world repping it, so if you feel the same and need some schooling in the NBA history department, I'm here to help. Consider this your Forever 21 x NBA collection primer.

#91 CHICAGO BULLS

Dennis Rodman

Forever 21's Dennis Rodman dress.
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Thanks to Miley Cyrus, Mike Will Made It, and their "23" ode to Michael Jordan and his namesake shoes, '90s-era Chicago Bulls gear is cooler than ever (well, since the actual '90s, anyway). Naturally, that solidified their spot in this collab line, but instead of showcasing the team's current star, #1 Derrick Rose, a Bulls dress ($16) AND a bodysuit ($14) feature The Worm, #91 Dennis Rodman. Rodman is definitely one of the greats and certainly one of the most fashion-forward NBA players, maybe ever, so this is a good pick for the edgier/nostalgic NBA fan.

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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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