Fashion & Football on the same playing field

Marchesa Football


Fashion and football are of two worlds that rarely have anything in common, and yet here they are sharing an article. Perhaps they have more in common than we realize, as the two routinely share timing, between September kick offs and spring collections, and February Super Bowls and fall runway shows.

The second week of February marks a pinnacle for each sect, both worlds headlined by spectacles of epic proportions.

Superbowl 50 will kick off the big week with a faceoff between the Carolina Panthers, led by Cam Newton and his celebratory dab and the Broncos and their veteran QB Peyton Manning. 

Then, three days later, after jerseys are retired until next fall, New York will welcome the premier of Fall/Winter 2016 fashion week.

February is generally a month defined by love, fashion and football, usually each theme mutually exclusive. Fashion and football may have found a happy compatibility within the age-old adage of opposites attract. The love affair has been perpetuated by a collaboration between the NFL and the CFDA, the respective reigning associations of American football and fashion. 

The two worlds have engaged in a more deliberate blending as the NFL and CFDA collaborated on a fundraising benefit to make football fashionable. Fifty beloved designers, including Cushnie et Ochs, Alice + Olivia, Rachel Zoe, Marchesa, Tiffany & Co. , have created bespoke footballs in honor of the 50th Super Bowl. 

The footballs will be auctioned off on with proceeds donated to the NFL foundation.

Fashion and Football (Tommy Hilfiger FW15)
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