The regular NBA season kicked off this month, and while we’re uuuusually more clued in to the everyday happenings of fashion front rows than post-game press conferences, this just might be the year we officially change our tune. We caught the basketball bug late last year thanks to those Finals faux glasses, but add Jay-Z and Beyonce as courtside staples for 2012-2013? We’re sold. In honor of Hova and Queen Bey’s sporty styles (and the fact that the Carter-Knowles family has been steadily rallying support for the Brooklyn Nets all year), we’re kicking off the first of a series of monthly recaps of their courtside outfits. LEGGO!
NOVEMBER 3, 2012
Jay-Z and Beyonce watch the Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center on November 3, 2012.
Photo: Getty Images
Match-Up: Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets
Final Score: 100-107 Nets
On Jay-Z: Solid black t-shirt, tucked-in gold chain, gold watch, camouflage pants, and custom “Brooklyn Zoo” by PMK Air Jordan 1s
On Beyonce: Matching printed Tibi shirt and pants set, two-tone patent Giuseppe Zanotti peep-toe heels, Erika Pena “Obama” earrings
Why We Love It: Bey and Jay are not the kind of couple to go OVERTLY matchy-matchy on you. At most, they’ll give a little simultaneous leather action, but you’re likely to never see this couple in full-on high school prom (or *achem* Destiny’s Child status) coordinates. This doubled-up print situation is about as far as they go, and we love them for that. The way the forest greens of Jay’s camo complement the oxblood base of Bey’s outfit is very autumnal and feels way better on our eyeballs than, say, this.
NOVEMBER 23, 2012
Jay-Z and Beyonce watch the Los Angeles Clippers vs. Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center on November 23, 2012.
Photo: Splash News
Match-up: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Brooklyn Nets
Final Score: 76-86 Nets
On Jay-Z: Heather grey Rodarte “Radarte” hoodie, dark wash selvage jeans, tan Timberland boots
On Beyonce: Black patent quilted Balmain moto jacket, black ponte leggings with ankle zippers, black pointy-toed heels
Why We Love It: These two are serving up high-fashion, Black Friday, REALNESS right here. Of COURSE, if Jay-Z wears a hoodie to a basketball game the day after Turkey Day (also referred to around here as Food Baby Day), it’s going to be a RODARTE hoodie. And Beyonce may be wearing leggings, but fashion public rest assured, she’s wearing a BALMAIN jacket over them. *drops the mic and walks away*
NOVEMBER 26, 2012
Jay-Z and Beyonce watch the New York Knicks vs. Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center on November 26, 2012.
Photo: Getty Images
Match-up: New York Knicks vs. Brooklyn Nets
Final Score: 89-96 Nets
On Jay-Z: Heather grey Nets snapback, heather grey crewneck sweatshirt with black seal applique, silver chains, camouflage pants, Air Jordan sneakers
On Beyonce: Thick short gold chain necklace, Stella McCartney applique blouse, black leather leggings, electric blue suede pointy-toed heels
Why We Love It: How can you not love Jay-Z and Beyonce when you look at these courtside snaps? These two are downright adorable from playfully dabbing each other up between points to this subtle echoing of a sartorial theme. We’re talking, of course, about the appliques — yet another great example of the couple’s subtle approach to coordinating. Beyonce’s Stella McCartney shirt takes center stage, for sure, but Jay’s sweatshirt with the left-breast medallion seal plays off it beautifully. Here’s hoping for more as we move into December!