NBA All-Star and fashion icon (to some), Russell Westbrook, covers the latest issue of Complex Magazine. Check out the flicks below.
Russell Westbrook is changing the game. Not only has the three-time NBA All-Star and Olympic gold medalist scored more points than any other point guard in the league this year, he’s also elevated the league’s fashion sense to new heights. As the Oklahoma City Thunder battle in search of their second straight Western Conference title this spring, all eyes will be on Westbrook. The same man who brings the ball up court during the game also brings a new sophistication to getting dressed after the game. When Westbrook signed with Jordan Brand last October, MJ praised his style both on and off the court. We couldn’t agree more.
Westbrook is only the third professional basketball player to appear on the cover of Complex, joining living legends Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson. He’s also the first NBA star to be spotted kicking it with André Leon Talley during New York fashion week. We called on ace lensman Kareem Black to photograph the Lawndale, CA native in his adopted hometown of Oklahoma City. Then staff writer Jian DeLeon traveled to Los Angeles and OKC to put together an in-depth profile of the NBA’s style MVP. The magazine goes on sale April 2, but you can check out the cover story and photo shoot right now… SOURCE
For the April/May 2013 issue of Complex magazine, staff writer Jian DeLeon got a chance to talk with Russell about everything from his game, to the possibility of a clothing line.
Here are the highlights:
On his fearless approach to fashion:
“If you think about what other people say, then you have a problem. “When it comes to dressing up, a lot of people are worried what others think. You just gotta go with it.”
On being a non-conformist:
“I take risks, but I don’t think of it that way.”
On his mother’s influence on his attraction to clothes:
“That’s where it all started…She used to shop for us growing up. But then it got to a point where I was so picky about my clothes that she stopped shopping for me. I had a sense of the style I was gravitating to. I worked for stuff I couldn’t afford.”
On fashion’s finer things:
“Some people may be scared to wear something. I obviously don’t care.”
On wearing glases with no lense:
“No lenses at all. It’s my own flair, man. I know what looks right and what looks crazy.”
On having an “eye” for what looks right:
“It’s natural for me now. I don’t leave the house like, ‘Oh, let me get something crazy.’ I just go with it and see what happens.”