LONDON, Jun 2, 2006/ FW/ — When top soccer players meet, they have to look good on the field and off-field. The England Football Team already has the edge on ‘looking good’ with Giorgio Armani dressing them ‘off-field’ during the upcoming World Cup 2006 tournament that will be held in Germany.
The FIFA World Cup soccer tournament will kick off on Friday, June 9, 2006, with 32 countries represented.
Giorgio Armani who had been dressing soccer players more as a personal interest than expanding his brand is not a stranger to the media frenzy and scrutiny that footballers undergo during the games.
Hence, he decided to dress the England Football team in his signature sharp silhouettes that are comfortable and easy-to-wear yet remains the epitome of style.
The formal look is built around a sharp, dark navy blue two-button suit made from diagonal wool crepe. It has a slim silhouette with a structured shoulder and a single back vent and comes with narrow flat front trousers.
The suit is paired with a fitted white shirt with a wide collar and single cuff, and a baby blue, shiny-finish tie, brown leather belt with silver buckle and brown, leather lace-up square-toed shoes.
Giorgio Armani has also designed a full range of accessories for the players, including silver cufflinks (each embossed with the player’s personal squad number). The team will also wear the new (EMPORIO ARMANI) RED sunglasses, which are part of the (PRODUCT) RED global business initiative, founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver, to raise money and awareness for the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa.
Commenting on his collaboration with the England Football Team, Giorgio Armani said, “I am proud to be associated with such a youthful, talented and stylish team. Nothing would please me more than to see Italy and England meet in the final on July 9th.”
“If I had to nominate my style icon of the tournament, on this occasion it would be Steven Gerrard, whose sense of style and rugged masculinity is very much in tune with men today,” he added.
Photos courtesy of Giorgio Armani