10 biggest fashion moments from NBA Draft night: Paolo Banchero rocks Houston jeweler Zo Frost

Houston Chronicle 9 days ago

From custom diamond jewelry to designer suits, these were the best outfits from the next generation of basketball stars.

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1of8 Paolo Banchero poses for photos on the red carpet during the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 23, 2022 in New York City.Show MoreShow Less

The NBA Draft has long been a big night for college hopefuls jumping into the professional leagues. In recent years, however, attention has shifted from where the young, talented players are headed to what — and in some cases, who — they are wearing.
From custom bling to high-end designers, these were the 10 biggest fashion moments from Thursday night:

A detailed view of the suit of Paolo Banchero during the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 23, 2022 in New York City.

Paolo Banchero is making waves as the Orlando Magic’s No. 1 pick and turning heads in the fashion world for his designer look. The Duke forward wore a custom, rhinestone-adorned suit by Dolce & Gabbana from Neiman Marcus in a royal purple hue. His kicks, also from Neiman Marcus, are by Guiseppe Zanotti. Houston jeweler Zo Frost designed Bancheo’s necklace, a diamond-encrusted chain with his nickname “P5” spelled out in ice.

A detailed view of the necklace of Jeremy Sochan during the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 23, 2022 in New York City.

2. Jeremy Sochan

Jeremy Sochan, a Polish-American and former Baylor Bear, was selected by the San Antonio Spurs. The versatile forward wore a pale lavender double-breasted, made-to-measure jacket with matching trousers by Indochino, Salvatore Ferragamo loafers and a timepiece by Hublot.

A detailed view of the watch of Jalen Williams during the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 23, 2022 in New York City.

3. Jalen Williams

Thus marks one of Thursday night’s biggest trends — Jalen Williams also rocked a watch by Hublot. Before he was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder, the former Santa Clara guard was all smiles on the red carpet when he revealed the designer behind his head-to-toe, logo mania ensemble. “Gucci down all the way to the shoes,” he said. 

Tari Eason is congratulated by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected 17th overall by the Houston Rockets in the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 23, 2022, in New York.

4. Tari Eason

The Houston Rockets took Tari Eason, a former LSU forward, with the 17th overall pick. He wore a Kelly green suit with black peak lapels and a clever accessory. “So, it’s an Atari chain. My name’s Tari and an old school game was Atari,”he told GQ Sports (@gqsports). “So. I just thought I’d play with my name and ice it out.”

Bennedict Mathurin reacts after being drafted with the 6th overall pick by the Indiana Pacers during the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 23, 2022 in New York City.

5. Bennedict Mathurin

Montreal native and sixth overall draft pick Bennedict Mathurin played for the Arizona Wildcats before he was selected by the Indiana Pacers. He flashed an all-black Hublot timepiece under his crimson, three-piece suit in a paisley print.

Chet Holmgren poses for photos on the red carpet during the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 23, 2022 in New York City.

6. Chet Holmgren

Former Gonzaga Bulldog Chet Holmgren, second overall pick by the Oklahoma City, suited up in a black-on-black jacquard jacket by Ermenegildo Zegna as part of Neiman Marcus’ #NMConcreterunway social media campaign.

7. Kylian Lottin

OK, OK — so this one is more of an honorary mention. French professional footballer Kylian Lottin happens to be a major basketball fan. He wore a (relatively) low-key look by Christian Dior to the draft — a major fashion moment for any off-duty athlete.

A detailed view of the suit of Jabari Smith Jr. during the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 23, 2022 in New York City.

8. Jabari Smith

The Rockets scored former Auburn forward Jabari Smith Jr. with the third overall pick. Here, the Chronicle’s Greg Rajan shares “Five things to know about Rockets’ top draft pick.” Also of note: the inside of Smith’s three-piece suit in classic navy was lined with cherished photos from his college basketball days.

9. Adrian Griffin

Adrian Griffin Jr., former Duke Blue Devil turned Atlanta Hawk, also starred in the Neiman Marcus #NMConcreterunway campaign. He wore a satin-trimmed tuxedo jacket with matching pants by Giorgio Armani.

Kendall Brown wore one of the night’s most avant garde looks: a Maison Margiela hooded sweater in pale pink, Supreme pants and a Tissot timepiece.

10. Kendall Brown

Former Baylor Bear Kendall Brown is headed to Minnesota. His dressed down ‘fit was also one of the night’s most avant garde looks: a Maison Margiela hooded sweater in pale pink, Supreme pants and a Tissot timepiece.