Fashion: Black Tie Blue Jackets Style Show

  • Photo by Jodi Miller
    From left, Ryan Johansen, James Wisniewski and John Moore of the Columbus Blue Jackets
By Columbus Alive
From the February 16, 2012 edition

This is the sixth year for the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation’s annual fashion show, which raises money for the fight against pediatric cancer. For the first time, locally based stores are supplying the fashion for the night.

Blue Jackets hockey players will walk the runway with their significant others and 10 local cancer patients wearing clothing from Godfry’s, Ladybird, Leal, Nicole’s for Children, Milk Bar, Rowe, Thread on Grandview, DSW and Astor & Black. Wardrobe Therapy owner Elizabeth Bean Smith styled the looks.

“I’m most excited about seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces,” said Ryan Johansen, forward for the Blue Jackets.

Johansen and two of his teammates gave Alive a sneak peek of their runway looks (all clothes are from Godfry’s at Polaris) and insight into where they like to shop in Columbus, what they would wear if they could only wear one thing for the rest of their lives, and which muscles make shopping difficult for hockey players.

Ryan Johansen

Age: 19

Neighborhood: New Albany

Hometown: Port Moody, Canada

Job: Forward for the Columbus Blue Jackets

Describe your style: “Comfortable”

If you could wear one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? “Sweat pants”

Where do you like shopping in Columbus? “Easton. I like getting frozen yogurt when I’m there.”

Paisley shirt: By Etro

Flannel jacket: With vest, by Corneliani

Jeans: By Alberto

James Wisniewski

Age: 27

Neighborhood: Dublin

Hometown: Canton, Michigan

Job: Defense for the Columbus Blue Jackets

Describe your style: “Original and kind of flashy”

What do you think about when you’re picking out what to wear? “I like to have fun. I like to dress nice. My motto is look good, feel good, play good.”

What’s the hardest thing to shop for? “Jeans. I like William Rast because they fit well. I don’t have to get the waists taken in.”

If you could wear one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? “Golf stuff because that means I’d be golfing.”

Tuxedo: By Pal Zileri

Shirt: By Eton

Tie: By Bruno Piattelli

John Moore

Age: 21

Neighborhood: Arena District

Hometown: Winnetka, Illinois

Job: Defense for the Columbus Blue Jackets

Describe your style: “Simple and classy”

What’s the hardest thing to shop for? “Jeans. It’s a weird fit. [Hockey players’] butts are bigger.”

Any style mentors in your life? “My sister works in the fashion industry. She’s always grilling me, making sure I’m not making too many fashion faux pas … I’ll try to push her buttons and wear something crazy just to see what she says.”

Blazer: By Versace

Gray jeans: By Alberto

Shoes: By Nike