On Sunday night, Spike Lee, 62, paid tribute to Basketball legend, Kobe Bryant by wearing a purple-and-gold Gucci suit marked with the late basketball star’s jersey number to the Oscars Award ceremony.
The legendary director had “24” embroidered on his back and across his lapel, while his custom outfit’s colors nodded to the LA Lakers, where Bryant spent his entire professional career.
Lee who was with his wife Tonya Lewis Lee, 53 made the touching tribute following the helicopter accident that killed the former player, his daughter Gianna, 13, and eight others just over two weeks ago.
Lee Lee completed his look with a purple hat, glasses and a pair of Nike Kobe 9 Elite “Strategy” sneakers, one of the many designs to emerge from Bryant’s long-standing collaboration with the brand.
Asked how he was doing by Ryan Seacrest during E!’s live red carpet coverage, the director was unable to summon a response. Seemingly lost for words, he shrugged before the interview shifted focus.