Tuesday, October 3, 2023

The CFDA & NFL Collaborate on range of Bespoke, Designer Footballs for Super Bowl

Ahead of the Super Bowl next month, at which Rihanna, Beyonce and Coldplay are set to perform, marking the event’s 50th year, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) have kicked off a cool collaboration with NFL that sees top designers creating their own, bespoke footballs.

The one-of-a-kind range of balls have been up for bid on the NFL’s auction-site since January 20th, with bidding set to end on February 14th – the perfect chance for anyone with a love of the sport and fashion, to grab a must-have while donating to the NFL’s foundation.

A ball by Nicole Miller
A ball by Nicole Miller

A design by accessories designer Clare Vivier

The 50 participating designers include model Liya Kebede’s label Lemlem, ethical brand Suno, plus Marchesa, Kenneth Cole and Nicole Miller, who were all tasked to play with a golden theme to nod to the Super Bowl’s anniversary.

Suno said they;

“….Covered the ball with Maasai Seed beads repurposed from Maasai jewelry from Kenya.”

Suno's design
Suno’s design

The range, though unique, follows on from 2014’s CFDA x NFL collaboration, where 48 designers created helmets that were also auctioned off, fetching up to $5,005 per piece.

A design by Tanya Taylor
A design by Tanya Taylor

Womenswear designer Betsey Johnson said of her football;

“Mine was quite a bit of work. But I think it came out wonderfully.

Betsey Johnson with her football
Betsey Johnson with her football

One of my favourite possessions are these vintage mannequin hands with shiny red nails. I had them stuck in my garden around a rose bush, but I finally pulled them out because they freaked out my granddaughters.”

After modifying them for the ball, Ms Johnson describes her design is “fashionable, feminine and woman-y.”

Tadashi Shoji2
Tadashi Shoji’s design

Lemlem's raw hemmed offering
Lemlem’s raw hemmed offering

Team SPICE love this fresh fashion take on America’s biggest sport, but tell us what you think to the CFDA + NFL collaboration for the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, then go bid on your favourite piece here.

Image source: @Cfda, @Liyakebede, @Jenmeyerjewelry, @nicolemillernyc

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