If the whole basketball thing doesn’t work out, Dwyane Wade likely wouldn’t mind working in fashion full time. The Miami Heat star, 32, has his own line of socks and bow ties (a new holiday collection just came out), and he’s accomplished the unthinkable: Back in 2011, he sat next to Vogue editor Anna Wintour front row at Fashion Week.
Critical move. Wade was later featured in her style bible in a spread on athletes shot by Annie Liebowitz. So that’s why Wade sounds so giddy — he gets to dress up for one of his favorite events Tuesday night: It’s the third edition of A Night on the RunWade, to benefit his Wade’s World Foundation, being held at Ice Palace Studios. The big question on fans’ lips won’t be about his jump shot or myriad on-court skills, it’ll be: “Who are you wearing?”
The exact ensemble that will grace that chiseled physique was still up in the air. “I have my eye on a cool jacket,” says the basketball great, reached by phone. “But my stylist Caly [Barnett] will come up with about two or three outfits which I’ll say yea or nay to. Sometimes she brings me stuff and I’m like, ‘I don’t know about that,’ but it turns out to be successful.”
An alternative to a button-down suit could be a sweater, weather permitting. “We’re not a winter city, but that old-school cut is coming back,” predicts Wade, who is also loving fedoras right now. One sure thing about the fundraiser — going toward local kids in need — it will be a good time. “We all try to put on a first-class event,” says the newlywed, who will co-host with his lovely bride, Gabrielle Union. “First and foremost, it’s about helping the community, but we try to have fun as well. We want people to enjoy giving their money away!”