World Exclusive: Dolce And Gabbana Tell Us About Their World Cup Ball Design

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  • Designer World Cup balls? Now you’re speaking our language…

    Designer World Cup balls? Now you’re speaking our language…

    31 of the world’s key fashion forces, including Mary Katrantzou, Dolce and Gabbana and Missoni, have each created a special edition designer football to celebrate the 2014 World Cup, Marie Claire UK can exclusively reveal.

    Balmain, Marni and Roberto Cavalli are amongst the full list of designer brands to put their stamp on Adidas’s official Brazuca ball – even man of the moment Pharrell Williams has got involved. The designs range from a golden glitterglobe (designed by king of excess Cavalli) to one split open like a waterlily, made by team Missoni.

    The project, called Make Kids Happy, is organised by Adidas and luxury shopping site LUISAVIAROMA and will result in an Ebay auction of the one-offs on Monday 16th June, with all proceeds going to Gol de Letra Foundation.

    Speaking to us exclusively this morning, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana said,”Our ball combines the elegance of the hand-drawn polka dots from Messi’s jacket, with the characteristic pattern of a Sicilian fisherman’s net. We have brought together two worlds that are very special to us: soccer and the land that never fails to inspire us. We hope that the Foundation Gol de Letra can help as many Brazilian children as possible with this ball, and we would like to thank Luisaviaroma for thinking of such a great initiative.”

    Domenico and Stefano are now heavily involved in World Cup proceedings, having also designed suits for the Italian team. “Those three colors [of the Italian flag] make our hearts beat faster on the field, and makes us proud to be Italian,” they said.

    Browse through the images below, and let us know which is your favourite @marieclaireuk.

    Mary Katrantzou’s design:

    Roberto Cavalli’s design:

    Missoni’s design:

    Marni’s design:

    Etro’s design:

    Pharrell Williams’ design:

    Dolce and Gabbana’s design:

    Gareth Pugh’s design:

    Balmain’s design:

    Rick Owens’ design:

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