March 8th, 2011

Nike’s New France Away Kit: One Stripe Too Many?

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It was announced way back in 2008 that Nike was going to be designing the French National Team’s kits from 2011-2018 and we totally forgot about it waited with baited breath to see the results.

The home kit was unveiled in January and while it is simple and nice, it is not nearly as tight as the Adidas kit Les Bleus sported during the 2010 World Cup. In the eyes of millions and millions of Kickettes around the globe, this is a potential fail.

Nike released photos of the French NT 2011/12 away kit today and we are just plain conflicted. The photos were shot by the legendary Karl Lagerfeld (he of Chanel, Fendi, and his own line), but he did not have a hand in designing them.

The stripes make it look a little bit like a gondolier’s outfit. Or perhaps this is a nod to the iconic French Breton stripe? The Nautical look is kind of in right now, but it doesn’t exactly scream “rugged hotness” or inspire us to want to tear it off of the ripped bods that will be wearing them.

Help us, Kickettes. Have a look at the video below (en français, of course) and tell us if this is one to skip or pre-order. Or does it not matter because Yoann, Florent & Co. can make anything look hot?

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43 Responses to “Nike’s New France Away Kit: One Stripe Too Many?”

  1. Free Nikes says:

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  2. canada says:

    Yes, it is a simple design but a brilliant one as people around the world identify the marine stripes with France. So much classier looking (as is their new home kit) than the brash designs of the past. Très chic. J'adore!

  3. Adriana says:

    I seriously don’t like it when Nike designs the jerseys. I always prefer Adidas jerseys with it’s stripes. I don’t like these new jerseys that much an I think that the French kits in South Africa where really great.

  4. jen says:

    so fashion! so french! love it.

  5. chay says:

    i quite love this new kit and think karim will look great in it. It will accentuate his lovely nose! All the rest of you girls can take yoann, karim and his nose are mine! :-D

    The only gripe i have is that it's nike–screw nike! they should have stuck with adidas, regardless of the breton stripes or not (diehard adidas fan here).

  6. Maya says:

    They’re going to look like mines out there. Who’s going to take them seriously?

  7. Ava says:

    I like them!

  8. Marie says:

    Yoann can make breton stripes look good, he IS Breton. Kisses from Brittany, France

    • JulieFromParis says:

      Tu es de Bretagne? La famille de mon mari est de Concoret à côté de Paimpont. Un grand bonjour de Paris.

    • Nessa says:

      La marinière is not only from Brittany. France navy wear it since the XIX century and JP Gaultier popularized la marinière on the 80's

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  10. Maria!! says:

    as an adidas worker i really don’t like it lol

  11. clarityamongconfusion says:

    I love the Breton stripe! Very French, clean and classy.

  12. diana says:

    The Nike dude took it a little too far…I mean it looks great, it just doesn't look like a football kit.

  13. Tabby the Saucy Aussie says:

    Anything baby lashes wears is delicious and even if the outfit is ugly it will just inspire us all to tear it off his incredibly ripped and sexy body in less than a second :P

  14. Isabella says:

    This is a motherfucking FRENCH present, bitches! appreciate!

    I really like it.

  15. Denisea says:

    I love the new kit!

  16. omg!!! its not ugly but….. some people think that Karim Benzema is a bit chunky as he is ( to me he is perfect) but with horizontal stripes??????????

    • Femz17 says:

      Lol my sentiments exactly!! They're all going to look too…chunky.

      But I do love blue and white. It does look a bit tooo plain though.

  17. Winnie Mata says:

    more like 30 stripes too many. ew.

  18. jackie says:

    I love it….and it does look very french

  19. C16 says:

    I LOVE THIS!!!! I need it in my life… *sigh
    But I'm biased because I love stripes and Karl Lagerfeld.

    Just imagine Yoyo Gourcuff werking the sh*t out of this kit!!!! HOT!

  20. emari says:

    I liked it, along with the home kit.
    It's original, very french.

  21. Melanie Gedeon says:

    yaaay that i understand french !
    i find its one of those kits that you could wear casually.
    i love that inside the shirt it says
    "nos differences nous unissent"
    basically meaning our differences unite us.
    but its nice and simple :)

  22. Ayo says:

    I actually don't mind the stripes. I think they'll help make the french team look different from the other teams without a doubt, but I do think they'll make the men's hot bods look better too!

  23. @AgnesWonka says:

    I think it's very classy and cool!

  24. Lily says:

    This was the best they could do? It's just a stripped shirt with some symbols on it. Karl should have designed it.

  25. mochara says:

    Yoann Gourcuff can make a binbag look sexy. I'm not worried about this kit!

  26. tralalalala says:

    does this one look like a jersey or like a normal t-shirt???????!!!!!!!………….boooring

  27. hhhhh says:

    all new kits are looking cheap
    i doesnt mean that they look ugly but they look toooo basic

    some kits look like cheap polo shirts or others just like normal t-shirts………..not very creative

  28. snowy says:

    Well with football kits I figure you've got to be thinking not just of the pros but the tubby fanboys who wear them threadless every day in the pub and the supermarket. So with that in mind ….. maybe the designers were thinking stripes = slimming?

    (I actually think it looks great, really distinctive).

  29. Crackers says:

    Breton stripes on Yoann…chic AND I'd tear them off him anytime!

    Also, I might be in a minority but I like Les Bleus home kit, the polo neck is stylish in its own way – very suitable for France.

    • lorena_yGp says:

      Another one over here :-) )) when I first saw home kit on Yoann……OoH LA LA :-) ))

      • Crackers says:

        I should amend my statement to "chic, but not chic enough to stop me tearing them off Lashes"!

        And Lashes in home kit….PHWOAR!!!! *fans self*

  30. JulieFromParis says:

    HAHA Funny how Diarra and Blanc both said that its the kind of shirt that catches the eyes… but judging by the tone of their voices you're not sure it's for the better :) Va falloir assumer les gars!!

  31. Nessa says:

    It's France captain Alou Diarra not the other…

  32. IrishBlue says:

    I'm thinking of the striped prison uniforms from years and years ago?

  33. Bri says:

    I agree with you kickette, immediately made me think of Bretagne (in my humble opinion the best part of France). I like it. Prefer the home kit, but you know lashes will be rocking this as well.

  34. Amy says:

    It immediately made me think of the Breton stripe, which to me seems iconically French and chic to boot. I like it.

    I am inspired to tear off whatever Yoann wears.

  35. blake2108 says:

    I could design a nicer kit in 5 minutes with my eyes closed.

  36. Nessa says:

    I love it this is a " marinière" it's a french symbol !! Yoann in marnière !!! Can't wait