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Jerseys, shorts and other NBA items featured on Project Runway

By John Paul Marquez

MANILA--Remember the times at the press conference when the guard of Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook stole the spotlight, not for his triple-double performances or game winning shots but for his fashion statement--wearing red eyeglasses actually without any glass, polka-dots long sleeves and sometimes a camouflage or a red pants?

Or his pal, former MVP Kevin Durant, in a simple suit and tie? Looks good huh? But at his back, he is still carrying a big backpack and other say it was like KD wearing a jetpack.

The duo of Thunder are not alone for making some noise in NBA when it comes to fashion. All-Star Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks with trench coats, Miami Heat forward Amare’ Stoudemire’s Italian-made suits and guard Dwyane Wade with his ultra-colorful basketball socks with fun designs and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers with his bowler hats are also well-known examples.

On Oct. 17, 2005, former National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern implemented a mandatory dress code for all the NBA and NBA D-League players, the dress code stated, “All players must dress in business or conservative attire while arriving and departing during a scheduled game, on the bench while injured and when conducting official NBA business.”

That is why the pre-game and postgame are two of the most awaited scenes in the league.

On Sunday, the Project Runway Philippines, a fashion reality television series, chose the items from NBA Store at Glorietta 3 as their subjects for that particular episode, where the remaining six designers went to the NBA Store and grabbed their basketball jerseys.

This will challenge their fashion skills as they will try some twist in making the NBA jerseys and other items on that store to look more fancy and fashionable.