|My concept, no swoosh, vintage crest and red cuffs.|
|My concept, no swoosh and vintage crest|
|The official new France kit, why so serious?|
After France’s embarrassing exit from last summer’s World Cup, their Football Federation has replaced the manager, much of the roster and now their kits. After many years of Adidas’ wildly-striped designs, new supplier Nike has introduced a severely sparse shirt. The just-bleu shirt follows a trend toward yesteryear led by Umbro, itself a Nike subsidiary. Umbro’s recent shirts for England,Wales, Manchester City, Sunderland, and Rangers, amongst others, feature a strong emphasis on letting a club’s primary colours shine and lack the random panels, accented piping and striping endemic to more recent shirt designs. Busy shirts may look fine on the pitch, but tend to look absurd when worn by the man on the street as opposed to simpler shirts such as France’s that more resemble polo or henley shirts. Except when worn by Katy Perry.
While France’s new shirt is an instant classic that would look natural on such legends as Just Fontaine, the contrast of the vintage shirt design with the thoroughly modern crest is as jarring as an Eric Cantona press conference. So I decided to see how the new shirt would look without the distracting Nike swoosh, with red cuffs and paired with the vintage crest worn by such immortals asMichel Platini and Zinedine Zidane.