The Norman Transcript


April 20, 2013

Thunder have knack for style

NORMAN — Oklahoma Fashion Week comes to an end tonight with its showcase event, the Red Carpet Fashion Show at the Cotter Ranch Tower (Chase Tower). The gala is expected to draw local celebrities, designers, manufacturers and those who just enjoy looking at beautiful people in great clothes.

It’s appropriate that the fashion show will take place 24 hours before another much-anticipated show will take place right down the street when the Oklahoma City Thunder kicks off its postseason run at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Since the Thunder arrived in Oklahoma, several of the team’s players have become known almost as much for their style as they are for their talents on the court. Russell Westbrook was recently featured on the cover of a national sports magazine in which the story focused primarily on how he dressed.

Whether it’s Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Kevin Martin, Thabo Sefolosha, Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins or Derek Fisher, when they are not in uniform, each has shown they like to dress well.

Henry Ortiz, one of the organizers of OFW, admits that the attention Westbrook, Durant and other players have received because of their fashion was a reason they were able to make OFW happen.

“Westbrook, he’s one of my favorite guys,” Ortiz said. “He’s into style. Fashion is one thing. Style is another. And they’ve got style. They are bringing their style and putting it on television. It’s making it much easier for fashion week, especially for the men designers. They are making it much easier for us.”

Earlier this year, Durant sat down with Jane Keltner de Valle, a reporter from Teen Vogue, to talk women’s fashion. She came away very impressed with Durant and his overall sense of style.

“I would describe my style as off the wall,” Durant told Keltner de Valle. “I like stuff that doesn’t match. I just like to stand out.”

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