Marie Claire’s Fashion Designer World Cup 2014

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  • But who will you support? Mrs Prada's sock-tastic Italian army or Dame Viv's Brit-girl hooligans? Join us for an around-the-world LOL-along as we imagine the teams and kits that could exist if the fash-pack held its own World Cup.

    And if anyone has a favourite designer from Honduras or Cameroon, please get in touch!

    Team Captain For Italy… Miuccia Prada


    The Kit: Clever Mrs Prada showed chic footless football socks in her SS14 collection – she’s clearly been gunning for the captain job for months. Elsewhere on team Italia, Dolce and Gabbana take the left and right wings, while Armani plays goalie.

    Picture: Prada SS14

    Team Captain For Greece… Mary Katrantzou

    The Kit: The aim here is to dazzle and confuse the opposition. Oversized ruffles and Katrantzou’s hyper-real digital prints should do the trick nicely.

    Picture: Mary Katrantzou SS14

    Team Captain For England… Vivienne Westwood

    The Kit: You want fire? Enter Dame Viv, the UK’s feistiest fashion force. Expect dirty tactics and a whole lotta war paint from her barmy Brit army.

    Picture: Vivienne Westwood Red Label SS14

    Team Captain For Brazil… Lucas Nascimento


    The Kit: It’s animalistic instinct for the host nation. Nascimento’s wild brights can be spotted even from the very top of the stands.

    Picture: Lucas Nascimento AW14

    Team Captain For USA… Alexander Wang

    The Kit: Are those shin pads we spy in Wang’s new range? Because only the best defensive gear will protect from a striker in stiletto spikes… Marc By Marc Jacobs provides the silk warm up trackies.

    Picture: Marc by Marc Jacobs SS14 and Alexander Wang AW14

    Team Captain For Spain… Manolo Blahnik

    The Kit: Let’s talk about the boots. As spikes are important for ground-grip (and a sly jab or two at the opposition) shoe guru Manolo has designed an option for everyone.


    Picture: Manolo Blahnik SS14


    Team Captain For Belgium… Raf Simons at Christian Dior

    The Kit: Raf’s re-worked the Belgim team’s emblem, outlining floral motifs in metallic blue and pink embroidery.

    Picture: Dior SS14

    Team Captain For France… Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent

    The Kit: Get ready for team Hedi’s jazzy new take on classic football stripes. Wear with a mini-skirt and a rock-star jacket like all the pros do.

    Picture: Saint Laurent SS14

    Team Captain For Germany… Karl Lagerfeld

    The Kit: When he’s so busy occupying Paris and Milan at the helms of Chanel and Fendi respectively, it’s easy to forget that Kaiser Karl hails from Deutschland (well, until he starts speaking, anyway). He’s fashioned a couture kit, complete with luminescent trainers and metallic knee pads, bound to dazzle the other side’s defense.

    Picture: Chanel Couture SS14

    Now all that’s left to do is select your side...

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