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Tagging Along for James Harden’s First-Ever Paris Men’s Fashion Week

Stylist Kesha McLeod was by his side as he attended fittings and shows, ran into friends, and even went onstage at a concert.

By: Jodi Taylor

Over the past few years, we have seen a shift in the front row of fashion weeks. The seats that used to be reserved for editors are now being filled with a myriad of attendees. It’s refreshing. We were so excited that NBA player James Harden of the Houston Rockets was attending his first-ever Paris Men’s Fashion Week alongside stylist Kesha McLeod and invited us to follow along by way of their iPhone lenses. The two touched down in Paris and hit the ground running. “This [was] my sixth PFW, so I’m used to it, but we had to hustle, especially if we wanted to make everything on time. After the first show, James got the hang of it—fitting, styling, then off to the next show. Seeing various styles through a European lens not only provides inspiration for him, but for me as a visual architect—I’m constantly creating new looks [and] ways to push my clients’ taste forward in fashion. It was another one for the books, and I’m glad James trusted me with this opportunity. We had my friend Marcus Troy to capture it all for us,” McLeod told us. Click through the below to see everything that happened during Harden and McLeods fittings and shows, with a few cameos from Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union, and Tyga, and a quick stint onstage at Travis Scott’s show. 

 

“Off the plane and straight to a fitting. Side note: these Bottega Vendetta slides are the best thing to happen to my airplane life. So comfy and chic.” —Kesha McLeod

Photo: Marcus Troy

“Two hours after we landed, there was a fitting scheduled. What a way to kick off my first Paris fashion week.” —James Harden

Photo: Marcus Troy

“Pierpaolo Piccioli (Creative Director of Valentino) requested a custom look for the show. James getting fitted by in-house tailor.” —KM

Photo: Marcus Troy

“We arrived in Paris 5 hours before the first show, Valentino. Talk about exhausted!” —KM

On Kesha: Jacket, Zara; Dress, Valentino

Photo: Marcus Troy

“A few hours after we landed in Paris. James standing outside Valentino. First show, first shot. The crowd [and] photographers went wild for James.” —KM

Photo: Marcus Troy

“BALLERS IN PARIS. Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony and James taking over the Valentino show. Cutie Gabrielle Union in the back taking a selfie.” —KM

Photo: Marcus Troy

“Ran into more friends. Here is James pictured with Jay Fielden, editor in chief of Esquire, and Michael Hainey of Esquire. Not bad for his first time.” —KM

“The Valentino show was great. I loved what I saw on the runway and plan to wear some of the looks in the future.” —JH

“Dwayne Wade, Gabrielle Union, Izabel Goulart, Carmelo Anthony and James Harden.” —KM

Photo: Marcus Troy

“Break time. James relaxes between shows.” —KM

Photo: Marcus Troy

“Car selfie! On my way to Rick [Owens], wearing Rick.” —KM

“Checking in at Rick Owens. Entire outfits [are] Rick Owens.” —KM

“Seeing Gab slay every outfit was something I was expecting every show. She’s amazing. [This is] outside the Rick Owens show.” —KM

Photo: Marcus Troy

“It must have been 110 degrees this day, but everyone pulled it together. Jay [Fielden], James, and Michael [Hainey] walking into Rick Owens. A fashion trio.” —KM

Photo: Marcus Troy

“A view of the runway—Rick’s sky-high show.” —KM

Photo: Marcus Troy

“James trying to think cool thoughts as it was blazing hot at 12 noon for Rick.” —KM

Photo: Marcus Troy

“Michele Lamy revelling in the moment.” —KM

Photo: Marcus Troy

“Where we going next? Lemme check.” —KM

Photo: Marcus Troy

Photo: Marcus Troy

“Inside the Paul Smith store for fittings. Loved the decor.” —KM

Photo: Lons Anydi

“James learning a few tricks from me, here he is adjusting his best friend's shirt at Paul Smith.” —KM

Photo: Lons Anydi

“More fittings more fittings more fittings.” —KM

Photo: Marcus Troy

“Heading to Yohji Yamamoto show! James in Yohji top and denim by Dior.” —KM

Photo: Marcus Troy

“Last-minute checks.” —KM

Photo: Marcus Troy

“The homie! Good times running into Tyga in Paris.” —JH

Photo: Marcus Troy

“James and Yohji Yamamoto after an amazing show.” —KM

Photo: Marcus Troy

“Had time to go to the Travis Scott show in Paris. Great times when your phone is dead most of the show, but the memories are forever.” —KM

“Ran into some stylish friends while in Paris!” —KM

“Declining appearances and scheduling dinners. Life. [This is a] Filling Pieces invite-only jacket for SS18. I love when designers engage with their attendees. A good invite is always something to remember.” —KM

Photo: Marcus Troy

“Before Dior, a little Vendôme snapshot.” —KM

Dress, Dior; Shoes, Dries Van Noten

“Opted to change for Dior. This show was epic—one of my faves from the week.” —KM

“A show invitation from Paul Smith to James. Unfortunately, we had to miss it because we had to fly back to NYC.” —KM

Photo: Marcus Troy

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