The most talked about names in sports stepped out for an evening sans uniforms and warm-ups for the ESPY Awards (aka the Oscars of sports) held in Los Angeles. The event provided a rare glimpse into the red carpet personae of some of the worlds' most apt physical specimen. Here's a quick recap of some of the evenings best, worst, and just plain memorable looks:
Colin Kapernick - The football legend did seem to put together a color-blocked ensemble of ill-fitting cobalt pants and a red blazer with more effort than usual. And although his white button-up tied the pieces together, we would have preferred the man of the hour in pro-football to don something a bit more tailored for sports' biggest night out. Also...matching the shoes to the jacket, and the hanky to the pants? Classic rookie faux-paus.
Lolo Jones - The track and field athlete attempted a look that did little for her fit frame. The halter mini with ruching in a standout lemon yellow and embellished neckline needed no additional accessories, but she insisted on adding drop earrings and a stiff overdone updo. Softer hair, minimal accessories, and perhaps an easier cut of dress would have equated to an ensemble of red-carpet calibre.
Maria Sharapova - the tennis great looked effortless and chic in a shimmering halter frock from J. Mendel's Resort 2014 collection. The easy hair, gold strapped pumps, and sheer black hem only further accentuated her statuesque frame.
Dwyane Wade - arguably the best dressed player of the NBA, Wade brought the heat with a more refined look consisting of the classic black tux with a textured scarf draped over the neck. His signature pop of course, consisted of the unconventional red high top shoe, the perfect touch for a night of sports recognition. Girlfriend Gabrielle Union complimented his look in a modern embellished LBD with plunging neckline.
Lebron James - Some might say the next best thing in NBA legends is allowed to wear whatever he wants, and Lebron continuously tests those limits with his recent fashion choices. He donned a head to toe crimson tux (was that a peplum we spotted in the back?), something a normal man of his frame and stature would typically shy away from. The winner of multiple awards tonight, including male athlete of the year, certainly left an impression. Like it or hate it, the world is most likely to remember this statement look for years to come.
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