As the NBA lockout drags on, the chance of missing an entire season is starting to look like a reality. Without any action on the courts, we’re left with round after round of status-quo press conferences from both sides, with billionaire owners trying to outposture millionaire players.
Now, all we have left is to check out who is putting his best foot forward style-wise throughout the lockout, even as the entire season is about to fall off a cliff.
One of the underlying storylines here has been the complete 180-degree style turnaround of the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony. He’s been front and centre a few times throughout the negotiations, and it seems his move to NYC has turned his style upside down in less than a year.
Can this really be the same superstar? Surely, there have to be larger forces at work here. Who might that be you ask? We have a feeling that there might be a significant dose of Anna Wintour at work here.
It wasn’t long ago that Vogue’s editor-in-chief took Amare Stoudemire under her wing and made him into the best dressed man in the NBA. And Carmelo (a.k.a. Melo) is not far behind. He’s been spotted at numerous NYC fashion events since his trade in February, shot hanging out at the Condé Nast cafeteria for GQ, and most recently, at the 8th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards. Clearly Melo is all about learning the new playbook of how to dress in NYC. Next up: learning how to play defence.
Pre-Anna. circa 2007, left, and Post-Anna at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards, 2011.
Photos: top photo of Carmelo, wife La La, the boys of Rag & Bone and Anna Wintour from Zimbio.com; bottom photos, left by Matthew Peyton, Getty Images, right, Getty Images.