Nike Pays Tribute to Kobe Bryant During New York Fashion Week Show

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 05: Models are seen honoring Kobe Bryant during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic collection fashion show at The Shed on February 05, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant‘s legacy extends beyond the basketball court and onto the fashion runway.

On Wednesday, Nike honoured the late Los Angeles Lakers legend during their New York Fashion Week show at The Shed in New York City.

The 2020 Nike Forum experience showcased models donned in the brand’s vibrant line of athleisure and included pieces designed for the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. During one poignant moment in the midst of the energetic show, six children walked out onto the runway wearing classic Lakers jerseys with Bryant’s famed numbers, 8 and 24.

The young athletes stood quietly and looked out into the audience, honouring the athlete, who died in a helicopter crash alongside his  13-year-old daughter Gianna on Jan. 26.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Masato Onoda/WWD/Shutterstock (10549099k) Models on the catwalk, Kobe Bryant tribute Nike show, Runway, Fall Winter 2020, New York Fashion Week, USA – 05 Feb 2020

Later, the kids returned to the runway and were joined by the models and athletes for a dance segment at the end of the show. The children posed in the middle of the stage area, hand-in-hand with great athletes such as soccer star Brandi Chastain, basketball player Lisa Leslie and track and field star English Gardner.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Masato Onoda/WWD/Shutterstock (10549099h) Models on the catwalk, Kobe Bryant tribute Nike show, Runway, Fall Winter 2020, New York Fashion Week, USA – 05 Feb 2020

Celebrities in attendance at the show included Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Rosalía and Travis Scott, who all took in the unique runway experience from the front row.

Source: People

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