Tonawanda News

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February 6, 2013

Bills WR/QB Smith goes from wildcat to catwalk

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Tonawanda News — Smith's role, however, will be more hands on and extensive, lasting for an entire week.

"He's going to get a crash course in everything relating to men's style," Boye said. "All of the designers of the shows that he's going to are real excited that he's coming with us. A lot of them have offered to dress him for shows. So even if he doesn't get fashion help in advance, he's going to get fashion help once he's on the ground here."

Smith's responsibilities will involve interviewing designers — including Hilfiger — trying on clothes, attending photo shoots, providing grooming tips and filing regular reports for the magazine's website.

Smith was prompted by a friend to apply for the position because it fit the player's off-the-field interests. Smith follows fashion, has a degree in marketing and is also working on a masters in economics.

"I love to see how things come together," Smith said. "The biggest thing about fashion is image. And here, I'll get to see how it works behind the scenes what particularly designers go through, how they market things and the whole business behind trying to push their brand forward."

Smith, who spent his first five NFL seasons playing for the New York Jets, recalls attending one fashion show. He took his wife to a Kimora Lee Simmons show in New York last year before the Bills opened their season against the Jets.

In rating Bills players on their fashion sense, Smith ranked receiver Stevie Johnson's wardrobe as being what he described as "the most interesting." Johnson is noted for having an extensive and colorful wardrobe that ranges from custom-made T-shirts to plaid suits.

As for the best, classically dressed Bills players, Smith noted safety George Wilson and running back C.J. Spiller.

Smith rates his own wardrobe as being "not bad" and expects to lean on his wife for advice on what to pack for the week.

"I'll have my sweats with me," Smith said, with a laugh. "But I think I'll get my wife to help. She always helps me pick out stuff for games so I won't look like a complete idiot."

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