Thunder forward Serge Ibaka will bench his NBA uniform for an evening of high fashion on Friday at Gaillardia. Ibaka will host Fashion in Full Bloom, an evening of fashion and silent auctions to benefit Allied Arts.
Evan Hopkins, the event's planner, said he is working on getting more Thunder players to attend the event, which features Oklahoma fashion designer Johnathan Kayne Gillaspie as emcee and the fashions of several locally owned Oklahoma City fashion boutiques.
Ibaka is known for his personal style when off the basketball court. The 6-10, 240-pounder has done some modeling, including for ESPN magazine's “Body Issue” and model-style photos for Edge Magazine.
In 2011, Ibaka made a cameo in Lupe Fiasco's video “Out of My Head,” which features Trey Songz.
The Oklahoma City event will include a runway show of styles from Spencer Stone and Co., Ruth Meyers and Uptown Kids.
A silent auction of 10 packages includes a Thunder package, which has a basketball signed by Ibaka, a limo to and from a Thunder game, two courtside tickets, a dinner, and a visit before the game by Ibaka.
Donor tickets are $125 each, Allied Arts Patron VIP Runway tickets are $200, Founders' Half Tables for five are $2,500 and $5,000 for 10. To buy tickets or for more information, call Evan Hopkins at 922-9649 or Sascha Jade at 609-4420 or go online to fashioninfullbloom.eventbrite.com.