Affable. That's the best term to describe New York Yankees shortstop andÂ captain Derek Jeter. Today, Jeter helped Movado launch a new collectionÂ of limited and special edition Movado Series 800 Derek Jeter Chronographs atÂ the Four Seasons restaurant. With my four-minute interview time slot, I wasÂ permitted to ask the much-sought-after bachelor -- who has been linked withÂ the likes of MariahÂ Carey, Jessica Biel and a host of other hot starlets -- just about anything.
But since this is WWD, I kept the conversation to style. Jeter, whoÂ is miles taller than I envisioned him, was eager to discuss the watches, butÂ after his presentation he started asking the questions. "Do you really likeÂ it?" he asked. "You can really tell me if you don't. People tell me I suckÂ all the time. Would you lie to me?"
Jeter was apparently tired of talking baseball, even though he madeÂ headlines on Monday by tieing the legendary Lou Gehrig for the mostÂ career hits at Yankee Stadium. "How was fashion week?" he asked, noting thatÂ he attended only one fashion show in his life, during the off season,Â but couldn't remember which one or the year. "It was so quick, by the time IÂ sat down, it ended."Â [For the curious, it was the Marc Jacobs show in February 2002 and Jeter wasÂ such a hit that women were passing their phone numbers to him in the frontÂ row.]
"So, working at WWD, do people kiss up to you, like designers?" he queried.
Indeed Derek, sometimes they do.
Jeter noted his style is casual. Today, he dressed in a light sportÂ coat, a dark T-shirt and trousers. "We have to travel wearing suits. We canÂ only wear one chain," he said of the Yankees' Clubhouse rules. "We can'tÂ haveÂ long hair or a beard -- but we can have a mustache. [Jason] Giambi has aÂ mustacheÂ now...I'm not sure how good a mustache would look on me."
Maybe George Steinbrenner should consider signing up Marc Jacobs to do theÂ team's travel gear so the Yankee captain can show off his true style?