Ryan Lochte Looks Deep Into Our Eyes, Spills About His Fashion Line

Twenty minutes before Rebecca Minkoff‘s spring 2013 show was scheduled to start, I got a message that Ryan Lochte would be attending. Needless to say, I, like every other reporter who confirmed with his Twitter account, took off my heels, slipped on flats, and hustled up double-time to Lincoln Center. Once inside The Theater, the vibe was noticeably more electric than any of the previous shows I had attended, with more reporters and photographers milling about on the runway. And then it began.

Lochte emerged from backstage, and television crews, reporters, photographers, fans, and one Styleite editor pounced. After doing a quick film interview with VH1 and giving the correspondent a kiss (lucky her!) on the cheek, he patiently answered every question that reporters threw at him.

He told our group of recorder-wielding ladies that his style is clean but with an edge, that he definitely needs some sort of bling to complete an outfit, and that he’s got a big ol’ crush on Dwyane Wade (“Just seeing him and how he dresses up and how he presents himself on-court and off the court, he’s a really stylish guy”). He noted that his potential girlfriend “has definitely gotta be pretty”. He also revealed his problem with girls — they’re just too shy about approaching him! I, being terribly witty, quipped, “And yet, here we all are.”

Obviously, I asked him about his fashion line, to which he responded: “Right now, it’s in the making. I’m working with a new design team, and hopefully, it will be up and running within a year.” (And he said all this while looking deep into my eyes; see photographic evidence here.)

During Fashion’s Night Out, Knicks power forward Amar’e Stoudemire told us he was a pioneer when it came to athletes venturing into fashion. Lochte couldn’t agree more: “That’s amazing. It’s really rare to see especially an athlete to go out of their realm and into something totally new. And he started it. And Dwyane Wade, me, and probably others want to get in that.”

With that, his publicist ushered us away from the man of our dreams, and we took our seats to catch Minkoff’s show. The collection was inspired by glam ladies lounging poolside as photographed by Slim Aarons in the 1960s and ’70s. Tweed toppers were paired with shorts, colorblocking made summer sweaters look fresh, and overalls (yes, overalls) were given a modern twist with a slim silhouette and fun print.

We tried to get another peek at Lochte when the show ended, but his ninja publicists whisked him away too quickly. Guess this means we’ll just have to wear white pants for the rest of the week!

Check out the front row celebs and looks from Minkoff’s collection below:

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