|Beyonce's backup dancers or Nets cheerleaders? (Brooklyn Nets)|
With their move to Brooklyn, the Nets are doing their best to completely revamp and redo the culture of the organization. They're trying to be as cutting edge as possible, sparing no expense on their arena, their facilities and even their team.
Another area that they're trying to get ahead of the game with? Dancer uniforms. Take a gander at those things.
Forget colorful pompons and bright hair ribbons — black and "stretch leatherette" is the tough and sexy look for the Brooklynette dancers, who will perform during halftime at the Barclays Center to cheer on the Brooklyn Nets.
"The uniforms are feminine and strong," said the costumes' designer, David Dalrymple, who has worked with fashion icon Patricia Field for decades, collaborating on costumes for "Sex and the City" and "The Devil Wears Prada."
Instead of hair scrunchies, the Brooklynettes have boots, studded fingerless gloves, zippers and latex. "This isn't palm trees and sunshine. It's New York City, and it's Brooklyn. It's a different sensibility. We go hard," the designer said.
Dalrymple, 45, had designed the red and blue costumes for the Nets dancers in New Jersey and was hired to give the outfits an edgy makeover to commemorate the team's move to Brooklyn.
With Jay-Z having a thumbprint all over everything new with the franchise, it's no surprise that these uniforms resemble something a Beyonce backup dancer would wear.
These are obivously not the most family-friendly cheerleader uniforms in the NBA. They look like something you might see at a Halloween costume party, and not the kind of Halloween party you take your kids to. The one with pants could pass for Harley Quinn, I think. Leather and fingerless gloves? Will they dance during timeouts with whips and handcuffs, too?
The Nets obviously want to be bold. They clearly want their own style. They want to set the trends. They're moving next door to the Knicks, a New York institution, so they've got to go big with this stuff. Does it mean it all looks great? Nope, not at all. But it's certainly different. And we definitely all noticed.