Calyann Barnett, stylist to the NBA stars Wade, Rajon Rondo, and Josh Smith, tells us what caught her eye in Milan, and how you can dress like an All Star next spring.
Michael Hainey: What’s catching your eye this season?
Calyann Barnett: One of my favorite shows was Emporio Armani. It felt like the future. I loved the deep V’s, the blues, the leather, the croc shorts. Dsquared2 was the best show of the entire week. They gave you a little bit of everything. The tudos were nice. Their jeans. The pink jacket, the safari, the camouflage, it was all beautiful. I’m head over heels; everything was amazing.
MH: Did you see anything else that you liked?
CB: I did love Etro, although it was a little “Tonto meets Milan.” It had that cowboy feel, but I feel like you could take away certain pieces and mix them into your wardrobe. The beading on Missoni’s sweaters was amazing. Thom Browne at Moncler [Gamme Bleu] is always great. It’s not very wearable for most people, but you can find a sweater.
MH: So, thinking about your guys for next season, how do you see them dressing?
CB: For next season, I’m actually going to tone it down a little bit, believe it or not. We went super-crazy this year. I say every year, “I’m going to tone it down.” This year, I’m actually going to keep it [that way]—calm silhouettes, nice colors, not too many patterns and prints. I saw a lot on the runway with just solid colors: a lot of monochromatics, a lot of blues.
MH: A lot of guys are inspired by the NBA men you dress. Is there a signature piece they should be looking for if they want to have D-Wade’s style game next season?
CB: Always work on your suits and blazers. Every season. Once you have suits, you can always break them up. You can put your blue suit with your black bottom, or even your pink suit with your blue bottom. So get a lot of suits, and then just mix and match.
MH: If you were going to design a line, what would be your signature piece for a guy?
CB: A reversible blazer! It would be a solid on the outside, and then a pattern on the inside. So then you’d only have to bring half as many suits or jackets.
MH: What catches your eye on a man that makes you think he has good style?
CB: Fit. It’s all about the fit. Regardless of what you’re wearing, if it doesn’t fit right, that’s a complete turn-off.
MH: And is it public now that you’re expecting a baby?
CB: Yeah, it’s on Instagram. Most people know.
MH: Are you hoping for a boy or a girl?
CB: A boy. Even though children’s fashion for girls is way better. I love boys.
MH: Do you think you’re going to style the little guy?
CB: Oh, my guy is going to be amazing! I actually do style Dwyane’s little boy. He’s so cute. I put him in Dwyane’s clothes, just in his size. He has leather jackets, he has tudos, he’ll have a cardigan. He loves his bow ties. It’s crazy—he’s like, “Wait, there’s no bow tie? I don’t want to wear it.” [Laughs]