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July 26 2014

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blasblog: another sporty fashion fan

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We all know that former New York Ranger Sean Avery has an obession with fashion. But when the hothead moves to Dallas to play for the Stars (which, for any diehard hockey fans out there, we can report is Tuesday, just after the New Yorkers for Children benefit that he’ll be attending), we may have already found his replacement in the jock-with-a-penchant-for-fashion department: Ryan Lochte, the Olympic swimmer who came back from Beijing with two gold medals. At Thursday night’s after-party for the remake of The Women on the roof of the Gramercy Park Hotel, Lochte revealed that not only has he already dabbled in fashion this week (that was Lochte at Anna Sui, Max Azria, Calvin Klein, and Zac Posen), but he’s also started to try his hand at design. Turns out that the fit and design of the swimmers’ warm-up suits for the Beijing Games (not the opening ceremony outfits, which Ralph Lauren had designed, Lochte quickly pointed out) reflected some of his own tips and suggestions. “When we got them I noticed that they really incorporated a lot of my ideas and my input, which was cool,” said the swimmer, who was wearing an oversize gray suit jacket and heavy boots. “This fashion stuff is neat.” Presumably his eveningwear—and his fashion vocabulary—will improve as he gets more engrossed in the business. Perhaps a Vogue internship would do him some good.

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