He’s Got 99 Problems, But A Cardi Ain’t One
Jay-Z’s performance at last night’s World Basketball Festival tip-off brought out some fashionable faces, including designers Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra. But the evening’s main style statement occurred when the headliner took to the Radio City Music Hall stage…in a cardigan (top). That may sound more Crosby, Bing (bottom right), than Generation Bling, but—with the help of some shades and beads—the rapper more than pulled it off. Of course, the cardigan has been busily shedding its stodgier associations for the last couple of years, and Jay-Z has been at the forefront of that movement, repeatedly wearing button-front knits in his offstage appearances. So let’s call last night’s black version with patent arm patches an evolution, not a revolution. Perhaps it was no coincidence that moments before the start of his set, the P.A. system blasted Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” recalling one of music’s most memorable cardis: the fuzzy green number Kurt Cobain wore on MTV Unplugged (bottom left).
In related sartorial news, Jay-Z has teamed up with Nike to design a range of blacked-out Air Force 1′s commemorating the World Basketball Festival. The only way to get your hands on a pair is to bid in eBay’s charity auction, and all proceeds will benefit the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. You have until August 22.