Panther style keeps morphing. A few examples and a few things to think about:
Amanda Mott Gunn, daughter of Charlotte and Arthur Mott of Charlotte, and Michael Gunn had a reasonably fancy New York City wedding (ostrich feathers on her dress; photos of a pre-wedding shoot, caused by the Jan. 23 blizzard, in the New York Times Sunday Styles section). But the post-ceremony shot shows where their hearts are: Taken about an hour before the NFC Championship kickoff, this shows bride and groom finishing up the wedding photos with a nod – or a dab – to the Panthers.
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She grew up in Waxhaw and went to Charlotte Latin, and says both of them have been Panthers fans since the beginning: “Michael specifically requested a TV in the bar area of the Metropolitan Club after the wedding ceremony. We gave random score updates during the sit-down dinner ... After our first kiss as a married couple, he whispered in my ear, ‘Let’s dab!’ (So) they pronounced us husband and wife (and) we stepped off the altar and dabbed.”
Those aren’t nautical flags, they’re plumage
Charlotte’s Ramona Holloway put Cam Newton in her best-dressed-men list for 2015, and heard some – well, reaction, after he wore The Pants. She responds to those who think he’s a showboat by saying: Nope. He “stands out for what he wears.... His super style gets attention (and) he’s done it all.” So she prefers to think of him as “a #PeacockMan.” And, she says, “he’s not the only flashy fella among us.” She offers these 10 signs “that you or someone you know is a peacock like Cam.” (Note: We don’t think Cam does all these things, but you get her drift.)
1. Adorns hands with multiple rings.
2. Waxes brows.
3. Uses his muscles as an accessory.
4. Wears printed pants.
5. Wears cologne you can smell after he leaves the room.
6. Has teeth so white they practically glow in the dark.
7. Has necklaces on so often, they’re the norm.
8. Dyes his hair.
9. Takes lots of selfies.
10. Wears a scarf around the neck with no coat in sight.
And what about those pants?
Robert Sylvester is an eBay seller who had already listed, for a starting bid of $499.99, Versace jeans just like the ones Cam Newton wore en route to the Super Bowl. The ones that broke the Internet on style and sports sites alike, not to mention Twitter (where they earned their own hashtag: #camspants). He says he’s an L.A. music producer who goes by J Kalbi Son – though he’s Z-Weezy on Instagram – and didn’t immediately know what he had.
“I had no idea that he wore them until my brother called me up (and said) ‘Yo, Cam Newton just wore the jeans you have and Twitter is going nuts!’ ’’
So he did what any entrepreneur might: He hiked the starting bid (you can do that if no one’s bid yet) to $999, then $2,100, then $3,900. (“I dunno,” posted a Twitter wag: “that $19.99 shipping is steep.”)
And though he’s reposted them on eBay (and again, that starting bid is moving all around), he’s not worried if they don’t sell.
“They’re cool jeans. I’ll wear them to the strip club.”
What could have been ... or could be
Cam told the media this week that he’d worn those Versaces to try to honor the Super Bowl’s signature colors of black and gold, but “the black and gold attire that I had in my closet was extremely limited. So (I) looked at my pants and said, ‘These are black and gold. These shoes are black and gold’...”
So with Men’s Fashion Week just over in New York, on the heels of menswear shows in Milan and Paris, we wanted to take a quick look at what he could have been pulling out of that closet, if designers had thought to prepare him. Make your own call on whether it would’ve been better or worse, stylistically speaking.