Russell Westbrook attends the DKNY fashion show on Monday along with Martha Hunt, left, Emily Ratajkowski, second from right, and Nina Agdal. (Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

Russell Westbrook may be best known as a basketball player to sports fans, but to the designers and models he’s surrounding himself with at New York Fashion Week, Westbrook is an avant garde trendsetter. Here he is, for example, making a garment that looks like it belongs to the Gorton’s fisherman look cool.


Westbrook at the DKNY women’s fashion show. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week)

That’s not an average rain coat, however. In fact, it’s actually an oversized windbreaker made by the experimental streetwear brand Public School. The coat comes from the brand’s latest collection, which isn’t yet available to purchase. The long-sleeved T-shirt underneath the yellow jacket is also by the brand. The text reads like a standard dictionary definition of water and costs $150 on the brand’s website.

“I am a colorless, transparent, odorless, tasteless liquid that forms the seas, lakes, rivers, and rain and is the basis of fluids of living organisms,” it states. Apply whatever metaphorical meaning you want.

The shoes are Westbrook’s own creation, of course. They’re his latest Jordan Brand lifestyle shoe.


Westbrook arrives to the Jeremy Scott fashion show on Monday at Skylight at Moynihan Station in New York City. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

This ensemble is also a head-turner. The T-shirt, featuring what appears to be a play on the Moschino brand’s double question mark logo, is the centerpiece around which all the grungy, bleach-splashed denim orbits.

Continuing with this far-out solar system metaphor, the sunglasses would be the North Star. Westbrook, who has his own line of glasses frames, takes his eyewear seriously, and #whynot? That’s one of the many hashtags Westbrook’s adopted this week to describe his outfits on Instagram. The other is #fashionking. That one’s self explanatory.


Russell Westbrook attends the Prabal Gurung fashion show. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)

Westbrook showed up to the Prabal Gurung show on Sunday showing his love for the Beastie Boys. Beneath a dip-dyed flannel, the 27-year-old appears to be wearing a shirt picked up at the hip hop group’s 1995 “Ill Communication” tour, but likely not by him. Westbrook would’ve only been 7 years old at the time.

In any case, this might be the most normal thing Westbrook’s worn since he married his high school sweetheart last year.


Russell Westbrook attends Harper’s Bazaar’s celebration of “ICONS By Carine Roitfeld” at the Plaza Hotel on Friday in New York. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Harper’s Bazaar)

Don’t be fooled. Westbrook’s T-shirt doesn’t say rain delay, it says Brain Dead, which is also the brand that makes it. Featuring an alien head graphic by Chris Oh, a contemporary Portland-born artist living in New York City, the tee is paired with a capri-pants suit of unknown origin. Now, if you’re asking, why capris? Well, the better to show off the shoes. Once again, Westbrook’s wearing his own design made for the Jordan Brand.

Here are a few more outfits Westbrook showed off at Fashion Week.

Westbrook’s excessive swag scored him another gig at Barneys. Following successful stints teaming up with other designers to create a couple of exclusive collections, the basketball player earned himself a spot as the store’s guest fashion director throughout NYFW. Here he is hanging with Barneys’ Creative Ambassador-at-Large Simon Doonan.

“Russell will be accompanying our team to the shows in New York and working closely with them on selecting ad looks, identifying trends and helping with social coverage,” a Barneys New York spokesman told The Washington Post in an email on Tuesday.