Amar’e Stoudemire seems like a new man since he became a Knick this off-season. New York is a like a Mikveh for Amar’e – not only because he’s discovering his Jewish roots but socially, he’s been reborn as one of fashion’s chosen people. Stoudemire’s stylish flare caught the eye of the single powerful person in the fashion industry, American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
Amar’e emerged on the style scene this past Mercedez Benz Fashion Week, before the NBA season began. Ms. Wintour personally invited Amar’e to the Fashion’s Night Out runway event and launch party hosted by Vogue, which is the official kick-off to fashion week. He also attended the Tommy Hilfiger twenty-fifth anniversary runway show, where he sat front row between Anna and Hamish Bowles, the European editor-at-large for Vogue. Since September, the rumours are swirling that Amar’e could be the second black man (and basketball player) to appear on the cover of American Vogue, after LeBron James. Amar’e is no stranger to modeling and thanks to his own adventurous sartorial sense and high profile stylist – he’s become one of the most fashionable men in the league.
After the Knicks win versus the Raptors this past Sunday, Amar’e was dressed deliberately understated in Louis Vuitton sneakers, wool trousers, green tie and a black zip-up sweater. I had to ask if he’s criticized more for his game or his wardrobe? Anna Wintour and coach Mike D’Antoni are known as two of the most demanding individuals in their respective professions, but the answer may surprise you. Amar’e Stoudemire – super model? Maybe.