When the inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men's launched July 13, spotlights shone brightest on the athletes in attendance. Everyone from Chandler Parsons to Dwyane Wade was seen strutting the streets of New York, and it seems the only thing they liked better than picking up post-game interview swag was posting about it. Here we present the five best Instagrams from athletes upping their sartorial game at NYFW: Men's.
Chandler Parsons, Dallas Mavericks
Dallas' own Chandler Parsons celebrated the release of his latest collaboration with shoe brand Del Toro during the menswear-dedicated week. CP 2.0, the small forward's second footwear collection, features off-court, on-trend styles like chukkas and loafers. Parsons, seen lounging with Del Toro's Matthew Chevallard, told style.com, "For my career I have to take care of my feet, and sometimes dress shoes can be a little difficult. With Del Toro, I don't have anything to worry about."
Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Victor Cruz shared the most unexpectedly charming photo of the week from outside the NYFW: Men's kickoff event: the Giants receiver sweetly posed with an arm around designer and CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg as she grinned from ear to ear. Cruz was in attendance to fulfill his duties as one of the week's eight CFDA Ambassadors, an honor also bestowed upon fellow baller Dwyane Wade. Cruz got the gig thanks in part to his recent stint modeling for luxury fashion brand Givenchy.
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
Cruz may have surprised with the most endearing photo of the week, but Dwyane Wade showed his serious side at the Public School presentation. Designer Dao-Yi Chow's police "lineup" runway served as the perfect backdrop for Wade to show some crew love alongside wife Gabrielle Union and some seriously fashionable friends. With undeniable style and intangible swag, it's safe to say he killed the fashion game.
Amar'e Stoudemire, Miami Heat
Wade's teammate Amar'e Stoudemire stood tall against the John Elliott + Co minimalist presentation. Donning an impeccable ensemble of athletic-inspired streetwear, Stoudemire made a bold statement in a blue sweatsuit and gold wristwear. The former Dallas Maverick took over GQ's snapchat while taking style notes, but his sartorial prowess suggests designers should be inspired by him, not the other way around.
Lewis Hamilton (F1 driver), Andre Iguodala (Golden State Warriors), Nick Young (LA Lakers) and Victor Cruz
Italo Zucchelli, Calvin Klein Collection's mens creative director, surrounded himself with an all-star lineup for the Calvin Klein Spring 2016 presentation. Two basketball players, a football player, and a Formula One driver make for great company when athletes are the most popular celebrities at fashion week. A sign of how far jocks' styles have evolved as a whole, this photo would hardly have been posted for bragging rights a few years ago. Gone are the days of attending pre- and post-game interviews in oversized suits and ill-knotted ties. Today, it's the Lewis Hamiltons, Nick Youngs, Andre Iguodalas, and Victor Cruzs of the world that dictate what styles are seen by the millions of men watching ESPN, and they're running the fashion game as well as any other.