We’re particularly excited about these football uniforms at Field Grey as they take inspiration from previous kits, drawing on retro designs from the past.
National teams including Argentina, Colombia, Japan and Germany will sport these designs at next year’s tournament. Designers were given access to the archives and each country’s kit takes elements from some of the most memorable (and often infamous) designs of the past few decades, and in particular the 1990s. These aesthetic nuances have been combined with the latest Adidas technology to create groundbreaking kits for all eight nations. Here’s a rundown of the designs:
Germany’s home kit takes inspiration from the iconic Italia ’90 uniform, when the team, then West Germany, lifted the trophy for the 3rd time. The design features a monochrome version of the horizontal flag design synonymous with Andreas Brehme and his winning penalty in the 1990 final. It also features a gold embroidered winners’ crest, of course.
To Colombia, where their 1990 kit was again the source of inspiration for the 2018 design. Made famous by Carlos Valderrama, the dynamic stripes that form diagonally from the arms have been given a fresh update, appearing from the sleeve seams in blue and red, hinting at the nation’s flag. Discrete vertical lines in the stripes create both a retro and contemporary feel at the same time.
For Belgium’s colours, designers went back even further, to 1984. Football fans will remember the bold red and yellow diamond design, layered on a white panel. For 2018, the kit uses the same emblematic shapes with the country’s crest in appearing in exactly the same place.
The Japanese kit is the unique kit in the team, with designers looking at traditional Japanese techniques rather than recent uniform designs. The end aesthetic is the same, though; minimal white dashed lines (based on the Japanese stitching technique ‘Sashiko’) give an 80s/90s flavour.
Host nation Russia get the late 80s treatment too: designers have used the Soviet Union’s kit from the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games as inspiration. This red kit features thick, bold, white stripes on the arms, pointing to the chest – an almost exact replica.
The Argentina kit samples numerous predecessors with its simple flag-like white and blue stripe design. Within these stripes, though, is a pixelated version of the country’s crest – creating an 1980s feel in a very modern way. The actual crest sits proudly on the left breast, with two gold stars above it – one for each of Argentina’s World Cup wins.
Mexico’s have a long, chequered history when it comes to the designs of their team kits. Who can forget the wild designs of the 1990s, and in particular 1998, with its incredible Aztec-infused print? The 2018 kit sees a step away from these gregarious patterns (shame) with its light green stripes repeated on a dark green background. We like the white edging on the collar and sleeve hems, though.
Finally to Spain, with a welcome blast of camp colour. This zig-zag design was last seen on the nation’s 1994 kits.
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