Russell Westbrook: Style Drivers
There are two issues that must be considered before this book can be accurately reviewed. Foremost would be do you know who Russell Westbrook is? Then we need to consider that in these times the words icon, style, and fashion are bandied about by just about anyone who has access to the Internet.
Russell Westbrook: Style Drivers is unquestionably a reflection of fashion at this exact moment in time. No question that today’s fashion is communicated via the Internet and that with the advent of “athleisure” as a classification of fashion, star athletes have become stars of the front row variety as well as in their chosen sport. The conundrum is simply what are you expecting to get out of this book? What is proffered here is nothing any seasoned fashionphile hasn’t read before, except that Westbrook’s “thoughts” are just reworded and skewed toward those who believe that a sportsperson/celebrity of his notoriety should or can be accepted as an arbiter of fashion and style. Just because you stand in a garage will you become a car?
Physically the book is immaculately presented from its photography to its type faces. One thing that does stand out is the roster of those who are quoted and photographed. The majority are sports figures and rappers as well as designers and verifiable arbiters of fashion and style.
In the age of Kardashian anyone can achieve stardom of some sort. Those with a handle, like being a sports figure, having a sex tape, or being an entertainer, can become instantly well recognized and known among their fan base and peers.
Sadly this type of stardom or fame is pretty transparent, especially with millennials who seem addicted to the Internet and social media. Westbrook is a product of the times and as for what he seems to think are his original thoughts on fashion and style have all been said before.
If you know Russell Westbrook this book might prove worthwhile. If you are unaware of him on any platform other than the basketball courts then this book might come off as self-congratulatory, egotistical, and gratuitous on many levels.