"My children's fashion budget is just as high as mine," Knicks player Amar'e Stoudemire admitted. He spoke on the red carpet before his kids — 7-year-old Ar'e, 5-year-old Amare Jr., and 4-year-old Assata — hit the runway to show off children’s athletic apparel by kids' brand Rookie USA for its flagship store opening in New York on Friday. When pressed for details on brands, he shook his head and referred BuzzFeed Shift to the woman who keeps the family in only the finest threads: fiancee Alexis Welch, his longtime partner.
"Their mom put [their wardrobes] together for them," he said. "They always look fashion-forward, just trying to keep up with the trends."
Welch explained that in New York, the kids have a lot of publicity opportunities. "There's fashion shows and charity events" — some, like the Rookie store opening, specifically put on for children — "and that way it's a family affair," she added.
Welch said to style her family she works with stylist Rachel Johnson, who Stoudemire has collaborated with for years. Brands Welch favors for her kids include Lanvin, Polo, Burberry, and Tommy Hilfiger.
They're hardly the only parents with stylish star children. Stoudemire's Knicks' teammate Carmelo Anthony's 5-year-old son Kiyan is the face of the new Jordan Kids line and has had his face on the back of NYC buses for much of the fall. (Anthony's wife La La Anthony, a former MTV VJ, gleefully tweeted about the ads in August.)
La La hosted the fashion show, which included appearances by Kiyan, Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia's children (9-year-old Carsten, 7-year-old Jaeden, 4-year-old Cyia, 4, and 2-year-old Carter), and Tyson Chandler's kids (6-year-old Sacha-Marie, 3-year-old Tyson Jr., and 2-year-old Sayge).
As for their kids' sizable fashion budget, Stoudemire and Welch aren't alone. When asked who was better dressed, him or his kids, Chandler didn't hesitate.
"My kids," he said.
Correction: Amar'e Stoudemire uses the stylist Rachel Johnson, not designer Rachel Roy.