By Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY
"This isn't palm trees and sunshine. It's New York City, and it's Brooklyn. It's a different sensibility. We go hard."
Those aren't the words of Brooklyn Nets coach Avery Johnson or star point guard Deron Williams. Those aren't even the words from part-owner Jay-Z.
That's how designer David Dalrymple described the Brooklynette dancers' uniforms for the upcoming season as the Nets play their first season in Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Forget pompons and hair scrunchies. Dalrymple is taking a our cheerleaders can beat up your cheerleaders approach with his design of boots, studded finger-less gloves, zippers and latex. (Kind of like that scene in Dodgeball when Average Joes comes out with the wrong uniforms...yeah, that look.)
Dalrymple's fashion resume is stellar. He's worked with fashion icon Patricia Field for decades while collaborating on costumes for "Sex and the City" and "The Devil Wears Prada." In case that doesn't translate to sports fans, he's the dude who made the famous nude diamond body suit that Britney Spears wore on stage at the MTV VMAs in 2000. No, the snake she carried out was not part of his collection. Or was it?
The Brooklynettes collection consists of seven full costumes for the squad of 20 dancers. They will debut their new attire for the Nets' regular-season opener vs. the Knicks on Nov. 1.
"They have a jumpsuit, a neoprene scuba blazer with sequin leggings, a little cropped warm-up jacket, and painted sequin leggings," Dalrymple tells the New York Post.
"The uniforms are feminine and strong."
They are certainly strong. And different. We get that it's Brooklyn, but does the look have to be that urban?
The Zebra pants, though, will those be sold in stores?