WNBA star Diddy Richards makes her fashion week debut as Doo


NEW YORK – Tuesday marks Game Two of the WNBA Finals series, as the Las Vegas Aces battle the Connecticut Sun for the coveted championship title. With the door closed for another season, pre-game players will be shown at the entrances to the WNBA tunnel. However, the perennial Discussion on the failure of fashion To take advantage of the players’ style.

At New York Fashion Week, which runs through Wednesday, mother and daughter Dore Doe sought to change that. Designers Cynthia and Naglaa Burt facilitated a unique partnership with Al Douri for her Spring/Summer 2023 collection, Paradis Palmiers.. after making it Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Debut in MayWNBA star Diddy Richards poses for the role of Doe on Monday, with fellow New York Liberty teammate Mikaela Onnewer and Los Angeles Sparks guard Lexi Brown in the front row.

Created in 2012 while Najla was attending Parsons School of Design, Dur Doux combines bold, avant-garde fashion with elegant and luxurious vibes. The brand, whose name in French means “soft soft”, combines wearability and whimsy in all its designs.

Doe appeared last year in the Spring-Summer 2022 season at New York Fashion Week. In February of this year, the label’s Autumn Winter 2022 collection was presented at the Black in Fashion Council showrooms. According to Naglaa Burt, that was when Doe’s relationship with the WNBA began.

Cynthia Burt (left) and her daughter Najla pose on the runway at the Dore du show during New York Fashion Week this month.
Cynthia Burt (left) and her daughter Najla pose on the runway at the Dore du show during New York Fashion Week this month.

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The WNBA continued, “We love your brand. We’ve read about your story, and we’d just like to share.”

“At the beginning, it was just having two stars who were able to attend the show. Then this season we said, ‘How do you feel about one of the guys participating in the show?’”

Fan favorite Richards was one of the first names that came to mind for Bert and her mother. At her New York Liberty Guard debut in NYFW, she took to the runway in a vibrant orange dress with a bold side slit, along with gold bracelets and seashell hoop earrings.. For Burts, color is an integral part of their label.

“Part of our brand DNA comes from Florida, being in that beautiful tropical Caribbean-type environment,” said Burt the Younger. “[This season’s collection] Inspired by the Florida palm, the state emblem. I just remember growing up and seeing those palms everywhere we went.”

Dur Doux’s collection of 30 looks oscillates between earthy neutrals and vibrant hues of sensual designs, flowing skirts, dresses, jackets, and feather trim. In honor of Burt Tallahassee’s upbringing, the role of Doe aims to create a holiday feel with Paradise Palmers.

Burt, whose sister played basketball as she was growing up and whose father earned a collegiate athletic scholarship, said she and her mother are thrilled to work with Richards and hope this is the beginning of a long-term relationship with the WNBA.

From striving to find panties for tall girls at the mall to becoming one of the league’s fashion icons, Richards said walking through New York Fashion Week was a dream come true. Some of her style inspirations are singer Rihanna, artist Tiana Taylor, and other women who are “pushing the cause.” The 23-year-old WNBA star wants this moment to be a catalyst for more designers to amplify the league’s fashion ability.

“It’s definitely a missed opportunity for a lot of people who don’t benefit from the WNBA. We’re all fashionistas, whether it’s wearing sweats or we’re girly girls who like to wear dresses and skirts,” Richards said. The W is in fashion, but I’m proud to be able to be that person for young girls like me.”

Richards (right) and fellow WNBA host Michaela Onin attended New York Fashion Week on Saturday in New York City.
Richards (right) and fellow WNBA host Michaela Onin attended New York Fashion Week on Saturday in New York City.

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She continued, “I went through this phase where I was just wearing sweats. My style is loose-fitting bottoms, a tight top, and I think what made me that way was nothing that suited me too tight. If it fit my height, it wouldn’t fit my width. If it fit my width, It wouldn’t fit my height. Now, I think it’s a lot better, or I’ve found the right places.”

These days, Richards frequents clothing outlets like PrettyLittleThing due to their long, wide line, as well as Nasty Gal and others. When I learned she was going to be on the show, I first got involved in researching what modeling and New York Fashion Week in general entailed.. When her friends O’Nein and Brown heard the news, it made sense to them why Richards had seized the opportunity.

“It wasn’t a shock because if you know Diddy, it’s something you want to do. She was a Sports Illustrated model just months ago. This is inside her realm, and I’m really proud of her. Now that you’ve seen exactly what [Dur Doux is] She was able to be productive, that’s exactly where she needs to be,” said Onen.

And Richards isn’t the only WNBA star to have made a professional foray into the fashion world. On the same evening the role of Doe was shown, Dallas Wings attacked Isabel Harrison Walk for Kim Choi. Jamicocks graduate in South Carolina Destiny Henderson She’s also made waves with her WNBA suit and clothing brand from HP.

Los Angeles Sparks player Lexi Brown shows off her pre-game outfit before she competes against the Connecticut Sun on August 11 in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Sparks player Lexi Brown shows off her pre-game outfit before she competes against the Connecticut Sun on August 11 in Los Angeles.

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Brown said it’s time for brands to invest in the WNBA’s untapped potential, from fashion to beauty and lifestyle.

“There are a lot of women in this league who really look together all the time, whether they have a shaved head, dreads, braids, weaves, or a wig,” Brown said.

“We have it all in the league, and we all manage to keep looking really good while working out every single day. I’m a fan, why isn’t that used? People play with makeup on full faces. We have eyelashes, and girls’ hairstyles, and we don’t look crazy on the court.”

Along with Brown and Onnier, Richards said she hopes the WNBA will continue to grow in the right direction and brands can bridge the gap between fashion and the league in general. Such cooperation may be the first step.


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