Nowness has presented a snap by Chanel Designer Karl Largerfeld of French national football captain Alou Diarra. Largerfeld shot the football star wearing the new Nike away kit, in which the Nike designers embraced the traditional French marinière stripe for the kit.
Below is a few questions Nowness asked Diarra about his new jersey.
What was your first impression of the new jersey?
I just loved it immediately. When I saw it I thought about sailors and about Jean Paul Gaultier.
How about the rest of the team?
We all love it. It’s very fitted and you can wear it in everyday life. After the France game against Croatia [in March], we all wanted to keep our jerseys, so we refused to exchange them with the Croatian players [a football tradition]. Philippe Mexès [the France international] told me that his teammates at AS Roma have asked him to bring some jerseys for them!
Do you feel more patriotic playing in something so inimitably French?
It’s surprising to see such a design on a jersey, but when you think about it, it’s very representative of our culture. We are the country of fashion and design.