Guest List Should Read: Balls So Haute
I.D. Please: Celebrity Lifestylist, CEO of Thomas Faison; 38
VIP Status: Transforming NBA All-Stars (Amare Stoudemire) and champions (LeBron James) literally into fashion forwards, Rachel has revolutionized the relationship between luxury style and pro hoops. With “courageous designers” such as Givenchy, Tom Ford and A.P.C. striding shotgun with her vision to flatten sample size hurdles, the 6-foot Englewood, N.J., native can be blamed for today’s press conference doubling as runway exhibition.
“I’m ecstatic and humble that something LeBron and I started has turned into a league-wide event,” says Johnson. “I felt that fashion had excluded men who weren’t a certain size, and I wanted to begin a program of inclusion. [Now] these young gentlemen are understanding the impact that their presentation has on other people; [they’re] recognizing the power of style!”
Invited By: Rachel Roy (Fashion Designer): “Rachel has the foresight and vision to see beyond the stereotype,” says Roy. “Her look, whenever her client is smart enough to allow, is clean, smart, sharp, yet individual. We speak the same language.”
Arrival: “I was in Jay-Z’s [Def Jam] office one day and LeBron’s manager was there; Jay introduced us and made a recommendation on the spot,” says Johnson. “So when I got LeBron as a client my main goal was for him to be on red carpets or in a photo shoot wearing the same designers that any other celeb had on. I didn’t want him relegated to one tailor or some [designer] that no one had heard of.”
Plus 1: Christian Choy
“I’m impressed with stylists who understand the business of styling as well as styling. [But] I’m obsessed with Christian.