Caitlin Clark’s Stylist on Dressing Her in Prada and Louis Vuitton and Why Style Manufacturers Ought to Pay Consideration

It’s been a giant week in Caitlin Clark information. Not solely was the Iowa participant drafted Monday by the Indiana Fever as the primary choose, however she instantly grew to become very on the radar of the style world by displaying up for draft evening in head to toe Prada, which she stated was the primary time the Italian model had dressed a participant for both the WNBA or NBA draft.

The look was made up of a white double satin shirt and skirt, embroidered rhinestone mesh high, black brushed leather-based slingback pumps, black Galleria purse, and acetate sun shades. She additionally wore John Hardy jewellery.

Later within the week she was in her new house city of Indianapolis for her first press convention as a Fever participant, and arrived for the event in Louis Vuitton: particularly, a crossover bust costume in wool-silk cady, paired with a jewel button tuxedo jacket with satin lapels, a Pico GO-14 purse with gold and silver-tone studs and the model’s Signature pump, with gold-tone monogram studs.

Behind each appears to be like is Adri Zgirdea, a stylist who works with different athletes and started working with Clark by way of her company, Excel Sports activities (Zgirdea works with different Excel purchasers).  

“I needed to take Caitlin’s pure aptitude and daring enjoying fashion from the court docket to the orange carpet [at the WNBA draft],” Zgirdea says of her strategy to styling Clark for the large evening. “She already has a knack for charming individuals by way of her assured and file breaking sport play, so styling her is all about taking that daring power and translating it into a glance that displays her character, values and the second.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 15: Caitlin Clark arrives prior to the 2024 WNBA Draft at Brooklyn Academy of Music on April 15, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Caitlin Clark in Prada on the 2024 WNBA Draft.

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“For the WNBA draft, Caitlin and I talked about placing collectively a glance that was contemporary, substantive and stayed true to her,” Zgirdea provides. “I instantly knew Prada can be the proper model to assist create a vibrant but timeless look that was not solely memorable, however a primary.”

Being a “first” was central to how Zgirdea thought of what model to work with for the draft evening. 

“I at all times take into account my purchasers’ private story when engaged on ‘milestone appears to be like’ of their profession. Caitlin is a file breaker in so some ways, I knew the look needed to be some type of ‘first’ and my preliminary thought was Prada,” she says. “I’ve labored with the model for a few my male purchasers, and had probably the most fantastic expertise. The model ethos and Caitlin’s fashion was such a match: true craft, substance over showiness and that they had by no means dressed anybody for the draft: the celebs actually aligned.”

As for the Louis Vuitton have a look at the press convention? 

“LV is a model that Caitlin loves, so it was not a query of ‘if,’ reasonably ‘when’ and ‘the place,’” Zgirdea says. 

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 17: Caitlin Clark and Christie Sides of the Indiana Fever arrive at Gainbridge Fieldhouse prior to Clark's introductory press conference on April 17, 2024 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2024 NBAE (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

Caitlin Clark in Louis Vuitton with Christie Sides of the Indiana Fever at Gainbridge Fieldhouse previous to Clark’s introductory press convention on April 17, 2024 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Zgirdea is of  Romanian and Serbian descent and emigrated to the U.S. when she was a baby. She’s at all times liked style, she says, however studied finance in school (“European dad and mom, bear in mind?” she says) earlier than pivoting to style. Her background consists of private purchasing, merchandising, managing and shopping for. Styling athletes “happened serendipitously,” she says, “as I had two associates within the sports activities business, one at Precedence Sports activities and the opposite at BDA Sports activities (which merged with WME).”

She’s labored with Josh Richardson of the Miami Warmth, Zach Collins of the San Antonio Spurs, Corey Kispert of the Washington Wizards, Nikola Jokić of the Denver Nuggets and extra.

“It usually takes 5 years earlier than a serious style model will agree to decorate any athlete. They wish to see gamers established and producing buzz earlier than they make the funding to work collectively,” Zgirdea says of her expertise. “That makes Caitlin’s have a look at the WNBA draft thrilling and groundbreaking, as a result of that is additionally the primary time any participant, male or feminine, has been dressed by Prada for the draft. This can be a clear instance that manufacturers are paying consideration, and will result in extra gamers collaborating with main style manufacturers sooner or later.”

Which is to say that whereas Prada and Louis Vuitton are the early excessive finish manufacturers which were seen Clark, her style journey is simply starting.

“Caitlin is a head turner, whether or not that’s on the court docket, being the primary to put on Prada on the draft or making a visitor look on ‘SNL’ – she’s acquired individuals speaking and investing in ladies’s sports activities in a means we’ve by no means seen earlier than,” Zgirdea says. “Manufacturers seeking to keep on the innovative of popular culture must be watching as a result of Caitlin is already breaking glass ceilings and that is just the start.”

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