Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes during an NBA styling appointment? We were invited to sit down with 19-year-old, Cade Cunningham, as he prepared for what might be the biggest night of his life. The 6-foot-8, Arlington, Texas native walked into Neiman Marcus’ Bal Harbour Shops location just shy of a week leading up to the draft, ready to bring on the next chapter of his life, in style.
Projected top draft pick, Cade Cunningham, styled at Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour for his Draft Night red carpet look which includes Isaia Two-Piece Tuxedo Suit and Christian Louboutin Men’s Louis Junior Tonal Spike Low-Top Sneakers.
Cunningham had been in Miami for 5 weeks pre-drafting, following his freshman season as point guard for Oklahoma State University. He averaged 20.1 points per game in his single season with the Cowboys, setting himself up to go first overall pick to the Detroit Pistons in this year's 2021 NBA draft at the Barclays Center.
When asking Cunningham how he would describe his personal style, he explained that he always starts at his shoes, and depending on his mood, he’ll go up from there. He laughed as he talked about his 200 plus shoe collection and highlighted his Dior sneakers as a closet standout. While Nike is Cunningham’s go-to footwear choice, both on and off the court, Dior is his number one designer shoe pick. Just a few days leading up to the draft, Cunningham signed a multi-year footwear and apparel endorsement deal with Nike.
Cunningham explained that the main thing on his mind going into his styling appointment was to be sure to pick something that is still going to look good in 20 years. “I know there are a lot of outfits that are kind of out there right now, but when you look back they don’t really look too good, so I want something that transcends through time, simple but still a pop. That’s why I went to Neiman Marcus.” Staying true to this comment, he chose a classic Isaia Two-Piece Tuxedo Suit, that will most definitely transcend time.
He was very strategic in his planning, picking a neutral color to make sure whichever team’s hat he puts on at the end of the night matches his outfit. With his family of course standing right there with him, as they always are on his biggest nights, noting that their styling matters too. “We’re going to try to coordinate somewhat, but everyone is going to have their own little swag to them and get to do their own thing.”
On Thursday evening’s draft night, Cunningham was dressed from head-to-toe, by a style advisor at Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour, wearing a sleek Isaia Two-Piece Tuxedo Suit in navy and Christian Louboutin Men’s Louis Junior Tonal Spike Low-Top Sneakers. He hung up his basketball shoes and put on some signature red soles for the special occasion.
“I mean fashion is serious, you have to really care about what you look like, I think this draft is a big debut for a lot of people seeing my fashion so I definitely have to come correctly and make sure that I’m not looking too crazy. Neiman Marcus is the place for my kind of fashion,” shared Cunningham. And with the right team, he did just that, made both his fashion and NBA debut.
Photography by: Courtesy Gonzalo Feo