NBA Fashion: All-Stars break out specialty shoes for weekend

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NBA players once again will be sharing personal stories this weekend during All-Star festivities — and using basketball shoes as a platform to get their message out.

When Kevin Durant takes the floor on Sunday he’ll be wearing pink Nike KD 11 Aunt Pearls shoes bearing the names of 59 cancer survivors with inspiring stories.

Golden State Warriors teammate Stephen Curry decided to poke fun at his own mischievous nature with his shoe selection, unveiling the Under Armour Curry 6 “Coy Fish” colorway depicting the time he and a former college teammate found themselves in a little trouble for pulling a prank at a Japanese steakhouse.

All-Star shoe fashion may not be as big as it once was, but it’s still a real thing.

The shoes players wear are still considered as big of a deal as the All-Star game itself for a loyal niche of fans in the basketball community known as “sneakerheads” — even though the overall market for basketball shoes may not be what it was a decade ago.

Regardless, the stories behind them add meaning to the shoes.

Curry’s “Coy Fish” shoe ($130, available Friday), for instance, resembles the vibrant koi fish — and the story of when Curry and former Davidson Wildcats teammate Steve Rossiter decided to jump into the koi fish pond at a local Japanese restaurant while out celebrating one night. Curry was the decoy in the escapade, distracting the hostess while Rossiter jumped in the water and tried to grab one of the koi fish.

Unfortunately for Curry and Rossiter, the security surveillance tape captured the antics and it got back to Davidson coach Bob McKillop.

“We were in the gym running sprints for a good two hours,” Curry says on the Under Armour website.

McKillop also made the players go back to the steakhouse and stand at the front door and greet customers for four hours.

Durant’s shoe line is named after his favorite aunt, who died of lung cancer in 2000, so any new release has a personal meaning to him. The KD 11 Aunt Pearl ($150, available Thursday).

James Harden, Damian Lilllard and Kyle Lowry will be wearing Adidas All-Star Weekend “raceway inspired” shoes with checkered flags, a nod to Charlotte’s long history of auto racing. Those shoes are player edition only and aren’t available to the public, but other colorways of each sneaker are available to the public.

While the unveiling of new shoes at the NBA All-Star game is a bit like Christmas morning for some shoe collectors, one industry advisor says it isn’t likely to resonate with American consumers.

“Basketball shoes are not in fashion anymore,” said Matt Powell, of the Sports NPD Group who has been doing research in the area of shoes for more than two decades.

Powell said the trend away from basketball shoes began around 2015 and that sales have continued to slide. He said basketball shoe sales in the United States declined in “the low teens” in 2017 and in the “high single digits” last year.

He doesn’t expect the trend to change regardless of how fancy the new line of basketball shoes unveiled this weekend in Charlotte.

Still, players continue to compete off the court in a shoe market where sometimes the flashier the better. So there will be a bevy of multicolored ones on display.

Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and Boston’s Kyrie Irving might don the most vibrant shoes.

Irving will wear red, blue, black, yellow and white Kyrie 5 X Rokit by Nike ($190, available Saturday), which combines the skate and hoop culture to showcase the crossover between the sports.

Westbrook will celebrate his eighth NBA All-Star selection with a special edition colorway of his Jordan Brand Why Not Zer0.2 shoes ($125, available Sunday) that features a bold combination of black, red, light and dark blue and lime green.

Like most of the players, Westbrook has input into the design of his shoes, saying on the Nike website that “every colorway has a meaning behind it that is special to me. … I wanted to take that storytelling to the next level with an exposed tag that helps illustrate the meaning behind the colors used.'”

In coordination with the All-Star weekend hosted by former NBA star and current Hornets owner Michael Jordan, the Jordan Brand is releasing a series of off-court footwear to honor the six-time NBA champion, who grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, led the North Carolina Tar Heels to a national championship and became a household name with the Chicago Bulls.

One of the shoes, the Air Jordan Varsity Royal ($200, available now), celebrates Jordan’s legacy at Laney High School with a varsity royal, maize and light charcoal combination shoe.

But the most popular shoe might be the re-release of what Jordan wore in the last All-Start game played in Charlotte in 1991 — the mostly black-and-red Jordan VI Infrared ($200, available Saturday).

“We wanted to pay homage to the most important parts of MJ’s journey and you can see that come to life with new and classic takes of Air Jordans for men and women,” said David Creech, the Jordan Brand vice president of design.

Half of the 26 players selected to the All-Star game will be wearing Nike shoes.

Five will wear Jordan Brand, three will sport Adidas, two Under Armour and one each player each will represent New Balance, Anta and the Chinese apparel company Li-Ning.


Madea’s Top 5 Fashion Rules for 2019

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Fact: Defining your personal sense of style is tricky. That’s precisely why it’s so important to have fashion role models to look to for inspiration.

Enter the impossible-to-ignore: Mabel “Madea” Simmons, who we were lucky enough to catch up with after her runway debut. “My style is a mix of vintage and modern chic. Ya girl is always dressed to impress, and wearing something that still allows me to drop it like it’s hot,” shares the star. We’re not saying you have to carbon copy her exact look, but you can (and should) take notes.

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Rule 1: Comfort Is Key
Fashion is about looking good, but if you can’t move around your day comfortably, there’s no point. Luckily, Madea agrees. “If Madea loves one thing honey you know it’s a muumuu. Yard work, church, the CLUB—I’m gonna be well-ventilated.”

Rule 2: Invest in a Power Suit
“When Madea walks into a room, you know I’ve arrived.” That’s the kind of vibe you’re going for, and you’re not going to make it happen without a power suit in your wardrobe. “For all my dressy and special occasion needs, I look no further than my fabulousness skirt suit. This baby was made for me and all my curves, y’all.”

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Rule 3: Have a Signature Jewelry Piece
“Haven’t ya heard? A lady never leaves home without her pearls! Y’all already know I’m as classy as it gets, but these shiny beads add an effortless elegance to my everyday and special occasion looks—and my family has tons of those, so these ensure Madea always comes prepared.” OK, so it may not be pearls for you, but it’s really to your benefit to nail down a signature jewelry look that’ll elevate your image.

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Rule 4: Patterns Are Your Friend
This season, leave your boring neutrals at home. Owning your fashion identity is all about pushing boundaries with fun prints and patterns. “Who is Madea without her floral muumuus? My dresses are loud, they please the crowd and they’ve all got it going on. I dress to please the Lord, y’all.”

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Rule 5: Try New Trends
Figuring out your signature style is a wonderful feeling, but it can also become stale if you don’t mix it up and rotate in some new trends here and there. Need a recommendation? “I see all these women turning up the heat and working them puff-sleeve dresses into their wardrobe. It’s about damn time they caught up to Madea Mabel Simmons!”


Shoes for Miles accepting shoe donations in Lincoln

Image result for Shoes for Miles accepting shoe donations in LincolnA shoe drive in Lincoln hopes to help vulnerable children and raise awareness for congenital heart defects.

Shoes for Miles is an organization founded by Greg and Dana Ludvik to honor their son Miles, who was born Feb. 17, 2014, and died six days later from congenital heart defects.

The organization — which has collected more than 3,000 shoes in four years — will accept donations of new shoes at Footloose & Fancy, 4131 Pioneer Woods Drive, and Threads, 1219 P St., until Feb. 18.

Donors are asked to pair shoes — sized toddlers to teens, preferably athletic shoes and winter boots — in the original box or by tying laces together. Used shoes can’t be accepted.

The shoes will be distributed to Foster Care Closet, which gives clothing donations to children in foster care throughout Nebraska.


Bebe Rexha can’t find a designer to dress her for the red carpet: ‘My size 8 ass is still going to the Grammys’

Bebe Rexha can’t find a designer to dress her for the Grammy Awards next month — because she is “too big.”

The singer, who is nominated in the Best New Artist and Best Country Duo/Group Performance categories, took to social media on Monday to explain her predicament three weeks before music’s big night, revealing she’s struggling to find an outfit.

“A lot of times artists will go and talk to designers, and they’ll make them custom dresses to walk the red carpet…” the Meant to Be star says in a video posted to Instagram. “I had my team hit out a lot of designers, and a lot of them do not want to dress me because I’m too big.

Bebe Rexha attends the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City. Theo Wargo/Getty Images

“If a size 6/8 is too big then I don’t know what to tell you. Then I don’t want to wear your fking dresses… To all the people that said that I’m thick… fk you, I don’t want to wear your fking dresses.”

Bebe captioned the video: “Im sorry, I had to get this off my chest. If you don’t like my fashion style or my music that’s one thing. But don’t say you can’t dress someone that isn’t a runway size. We are beautiful any size! Small or large! Anddddd My size 8 a is still going to the Grammys.”

She isn’t the first real-size celebrity to speak out about the red carpet snobbery surrounding designers refusing to dress certain body types — comedian Leslie Jones took aim at the fashionistas when she couldn’t find anyone to dress her for the Ghostbusters premiere in 2016 — she took to Twitter to voice her disdain, writing: “It’s so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress for movie. Hmmm that will change and I remember everything.”

She refused to name the designers she reached out to, but Christian Siriano stepped forward and offered to dress her, stating: “I love Leslie and can’t wait to make her something fabulous to wear. I dress and support women of all ages and sizes.”

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Im sorry, I had to get this off my chest. If you don’t like my fashion style or my music that’s one thing. But don’t say you can’t dress someone that isn’t a runway size. We are beautiful any size! Small or large! Anddddd My size 8 ass is still going to the Grammys. #LOVEYOURBODY


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The Home Front: Designer Tom Chung advocates for the humble coffee table

Far from going out of favour, the humble coffee table is experiencing its day in the sun, says Vancouver-bred, Toronto-based industrial designer Tom Chung, who launches his new Plank collection at design show IDS Toronto this weekend.

The collection is designed in collaboration with modern furniture company EQ3.

Chung’s first thought, when asked to create a large coffee table with enclosed storage, was to avoid the big bulky coffee table in the middle of the living room scenario.

“They can often be very clunky,” he says. “And if you have a coffee table in a room with a media console, you don’t want to be overwhelmed with blocks of furniture.”

Chung says coffee tables are being used more than ever, particularly in small spaces, where people don’t have the luxury of large dining tables and are spending more time in their common living areas.

“Living in a small apartment in Toronto, it’s actually the most important piece of furniture I own,” he says. “We don’t even use our dining table any more; we just eat on our coffee table. I think everything’s become more casual and so coffee tables are more important than they were previously.”

Chung followed a specific design brief in creating the Plank collection, he says, which was to design a “collection of closed storage”. It includes a media console, a coffee table in three different sizes and a side table.

He says all the pieces have a “universal door size”, so people can customize their orders. The doors, for example, can be ordered in a range of fun upholstered colours, which EQ3 is known for, or with slats, and are available in oak or walnut.

“We really wanted the collection to have a universal appeal,” Chung says. “The version that has slats is perhaps a bit more traditional, but then also having the opportunity to add more contemporary colours with the fabrics and things like that.”

“When I was building the model and doing the rendering, the oak is what I saw it in, although the walnut is also nice, and suits a different customer.”

On first glance, the collection seems to have a slight Japanese esthetic and lightness about it. Chung says he was reading a Japanese book on colour combinations and colour blocking early on in his design process, “and that sort of became how you see the panels in the doors, especially with two sets, you can mix and match colours if you want to.”

Ultimately, though, he says he “wanted to make something really architectural that was an open platform for people to hide stuff away, but also display certain stuff, and be able to fade into the back of a room”.

“Especially when furniture becomes that large,” he says, “you don’t want it to be imposing a certain style; you kind of want it to be in the background.”

Chung graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2012, and moved to Toronto that same year to take up a job at home design and manufacturing company Umbra. He designs lighting, furniture, interiors and exhibitions, currently doing an “experimental ceramics” creative residency at Banff Centre for the Arts + Creativity.

Added to this, Chung has also designed a lamp for Scandinavian company Muuto, which was launched in September and will be available in North America in the next few weeks, and a lighting collection for Danish company Menu with fellow designer Jordan Murphy that also launches this month.

When asked what he’d most like to achieve in the year ahead, the busy designer replied:

“I hope to do more independent projects.”


Bride Shot At In Delhi, Returns From Hospital For Wedding Ceremony

Bride Shot At In Delhi, Returns From Hospital For Wedding Ceremony\



  1. The bullet brushed past the bride’s legs and she received treatment
  2. Bride Pooja says she has no idea who shot at her
  3. Post treatment the bride completed the wedding rituals

A bride was about to climb the dais for her wedding ceremony when she was shot at in Delhi’s Shakarpur area on Thursday. She was immediately taken to the hospital and after her treatment, the couple got married in a quiet ceremony.

The bride, Pooja, says she has no idea who shot at her.

“A bullet brushed past her legs, so we went to the hospital. Police was later called,” the groom, Bharat, told news agency ANI.

The police are talking to the guests to try and identify the attacker.

In a similar incident in November last year, a groom was shot by two gunmen as he rode a chariot to his wedding in Delhi. The groom, bandaged up, returned to his bride-to-be just three hours after the surgery and performed his wedding rituals.