Please forgive me in advance for the baseball metaphors, but I’ve got just enough time this morning before work to take to the mound and deliver a fashion-related (well, obliquely fashion-related, to be honest) pitch into your strike zone. The acclaimed singer Adele has been on tour lately, and a couple weeks ago, she performed a quartet of shows at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre sports arena. According to at least one review, Adele put on a good show while in T.O. No, there was nothing in the vein of bunker-blasting pyrotechnics or laser lights that would befit a typical sports arena concert, but that’s not Adele’s style anyway (leave all that flash to the 80s rock band reunion tours). Adele’s concert appeared to take the restrained route instead: A small backing orchestra; a main stage, a subtle secondary stage; an equally subtle video screen in back; and, yes, Adele, delivering her hits while throwing in some humorous, unguarded chats to the audience in between the “Hellos” and the “Rolling in the Deeps.” As she tells the audience at one point, “If I was AC/DC, I’d just throw every [expletive deleted] hit out there and run up and down the stage … But I want you to get to know me and I want to get to know you, as well.”
But you’re wondering about the fashion portion of Adele’s show, right? Well, this is why I said this is obliquely fashion related: First off, let’s compliment Adele on the dress you see pictured above, understated yet eye-catching with its combination of dark fabric and glitter. Hey, modest wardrobe for a modest show, right? (Again, leave the flashy costumes and skintight spandex for the 80s rockers.) But for at least the third of her four Toronto shows, on October 6, Adele threw in something else during an encore, as the below tweets and a few more pictures at this link verify:
Yep, that’s Adele, decked out in that same glittery dress but also sporting an official Toronto Blue Jays jersey. If you’ve been following the sports scene of late, you know that the Blue Jays are in the thick of the Major League Baseball playoffs, and earlier on October 6, they took the first game of the American League divisional playoff series in Texas, a series they would eventually sweep to get into the A.L. Championship Series. From the looks of it, Adele appeared willing to get into the Jays’ playoff spirit a little bit while she was in Toronto. So for the encore, she donned her very own, personalized, alternate blue Blue Jays jersey, complete with the team’s 40th season logo on the sleeve (which makes me think it’s a courtesy gift from the team, but that’s neither here nor there).
Speaking as a baseball nerd, I always thought the Blue Jays were one of the more stylish teams in the big leagues during their 40 seasons in existence (the years when they sported slate black uniforms notwithstanding). Even for a team whose blue jay looks left (or backwards) in their logo, they’ve always been a team that appears fashion forward in their logo and uniform design while having one foot firmly in tradition. The Jays’ current logo and jersey, which they’ve employed since 2012, fits that daring-while-traditional form; I thought it was an instant classic when it was first unveiled. Even with leaving it unbuttoned, the jersey looks remarkably stunning on Adele. Seriously, I think she looks quite stunning in Blue Jay blue. Heck, she looks almost ready to step up to the plate for the Jays in the playoffs. ([*switches on public address microphone*] “Your attention please… now pinch-hitting for Bautista… number 16… Adele!”) And she can provide her very own walk-up music, i.e. the songs the P.A. would play while a player walks to the plate or comes in to pitch (this list from the Kansas City Royals is a perfect example).
So, put ‘er in, Coach! Adele would surely be a big part of the Jays’ roster. And judging from how abysmally silent the Jays’ offense has been in the A.L. Championship Series as I write this, they need someone who knows how to deliver one hit after another.