Here goes my first post of 2016, and it’s unsurprisingly about the Super Bowl, my favorite event. As what I believe to be an effort to further encourage women’s viewership, the NFL has paired up again with the CFDA for 50 one-of-a-kind, designer-decorated footballs. In 2014, 48 designers contributed to the helmet project [here]. This year’s class includes, Rag & Bone, Rachel Zoe, Alice & Olivia, Jennifer Meyer, Marchesa, Rebecca Minkoff, and Prabal Gurung, to name a few. You can see the rest of the collection on the link below. What are your favorites? Do you think the NFL and CFDA make a good partnership?
The auction is on now until February 14 with all balls on display in San Francisco, home of Super Bowl L*, from January 3-February 7. Auction proceeds wiill benefit theNFL Foundation. Get your bid on.
This post definitely should have been published a month ago, but, instead of scrapping, here it is anyway since the work was already done. Nike Women hosted their 2nd annual N+TC event in downtown Los Angeles on April 25, and it was killer, as you’d imagine. Nike doesn’t skimp on detail and quality, and it was “go time” from start to finish. While totally different from last year’s beachside event, it was no less fun or inspiring to work out alongside 2000 like-minded women (and a few men!) and some of Nike’s top athletes.
It’s been a minute since Nike’s released a new NTM, but, appropriately so, the next series up for grabs is in the World Cup spirit. If you’re rooting for anyone outside of the USA, Brazil, France, or England, you’re kind of out of luck, but they’re nice to admire either way. Those red England tights would make nice yoga leggings any day, I think.
I am mildly obsessed with this Gisele and Neymar shoot for Vogue Brazil. It’s super clean and simple, which allows for both personalities to stand out without having to compete against high fashion or busy backgrounds. One more day until game time!
This is a PSA for Father’s Day, which is this upcoming Sunday should you be behind. If your dad is like mine, then the official World Cup match ball is the perfect gift. Easy. Done. This year’s model, the Brazuca, is super nice and has a unique texture unlike previous WC balls. It also feels considerably more solid than say the 2006 +Teamgeist. Get it here!
Also, here’s a bonus video from Paul Smith, who created his own limited edition World Cup ball. Sold out, unfortunately.
Hurley threw a few national pieces into the market for World Cup product, which is easy to do when Nike’s your parent. Considering how well-received the Phantom boardshort is, I’m surprised to see that only three countries were offered: Brazil, France, and USA.
More surprising to me is that I’d think the France and USA shorts would be reversed. I know that the term “denim” was coined in France, but “blue jeans” were first invented and manufactured in America [e.g. Levi’s]. If anyone knows who’s responsible for these at Hurley, ask them because I clearly need to know.
First and foremost, I apologize if this turns into a World Cup blog temporarily. I will do my best to have some restraint from posting all things soccer.
That said, I love the World Cup and all the anticipation that comes with it. Besides the usual WC gear that comes around every four years, it’s the new and unexpected collections and collaborations that I enjoy the most. adidas’ Skate Copa presents a capsule of national decks for their team riders featuring classic and clean graphics. Do you have a favorite?