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Spike Lee Delivers The Ultimate Sartorial Kobe Tribute At The Oscars

A fitting tribute in every sense.

The Oscars signals the last major ceremony to take place during the annual awards season, but while they take a look back at the moments to celebrate from the previous 12 months, they also take a chance to commemorate the lives lost during the In Memoriam segment.

This year, American basketball legend – and Oscar winner – Kobe Bryant will be honoured, following his death in a helicopter crash on the 26th of January, 2020, but American film director, producer, and actor Spike Lee decided to offer up a tribute of his own through his choice of suit.


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Lee’s red carpet tribute comprised a custom Gucci suit in purple and yellow – the colours of the Los Angeles Lakers, the basketball team Bryant played for, for his entire 20-season career – along with his jersey number ’24’ stitched on the back. He finished his outfit off with a pair of Nike Kobe 9 Elite Strategy basketball shoes, a purple ‘newsboy’ hat from Baron Hats and a pair of purple thick-framed glasses.

Oh, and he rocked an A$60,000 rose gold Rolex GMT Master II, to further cement himself as the best-dressed man at the ceremony.

The She’s Gotta Have It director was a longtime friend of Kobe, having worked with him on a 2009 documentary Kobe: Doin Work, which followed Bryant for one day during the 2007-08 Lakers season in order to give an in-depth look into his work ethic and in-game mentality. Following the immediate aftermath of his death, Lee posted several images to his Instagram feed, comprising newspaper front pages and personal moments he shared with the NBA star.


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It’s not the first time the director has paid tribute to a lost friend, as at the 2019 Awards he wore another purple suit, although that time to honour musician, Prince.

A sartorial slam dunk indeed.

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