In December 1999 David and Victoria Beckham sported coordinated leather Versace fits for their New Year’s Eve party, spearheading a new era of matchy-matchy spouse-on-spouse style. Then Britney and JT sported triple denim suits to the 2001 American Music Awards. Two years ago, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry brought some elegance to the couple-dressing paradigm, when the former’s emerald dress matched her husband’s suit’s lining.
Ye (formerly Kanye West) and his estranged wife Kim Kardashian were no strangers to high-key couple dressing during their six-year long marriage. There were the metallic looks they tag-teamed in at the Met Gala in 2015, matching ripped jeans moments and that time they dressed in his ‘n’ hers Batman ensembles. Even in their short-lived, post-Kardashian divorce relationship, Ye and Uncut Gems Julia Fox doubled-down on harmonized fits, favoring double-denim looks, as well as matching high-shine leather.
Now though, Ye is widening the ouevre, and expanding to cross-generational wardrobe sharing. Attending an NBA game between Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics in San Francisco, Ye and his son Saint wore matching outfits of Balenciaga leather jackets, black hoodies, gray jeans and black stomper boots.
The move could be seen as a not-so-subtle, “if-you-can-do-it-I-can-do-it-too” dig at Kardashian, who has famously dressed herself and daughter North West in matching outfits in the past. There were the spangly Vetements dresses they both wore to attend one of Kanye West’s concerts in 2020 and the Moncler jackets the pair wore in Colorado back in 2016. Plus there’s the tag-team fits they’ve been sporting on TikTok, which have sent Ye into Instagram rant frenzies in recent weeks.
With Ye’s undeniable influence (despite the fact that he’s been briefly banned from the ‘gram), don’t be surprised to see more adult-kid dressing in due course. Drake and Adonis, we’re looking at you.
This story was originally published on British GQ with the headline “Ye and his mini-me make the case for father-son wardrobe sharing”