Instead, both the character played by Tenoch Huerta and the jersey drew inspiration from Aztec mythology.
“For this season’s home jersey which will be worn on football’s biggest stage, we wanted to capture the spirit of the nation with a design that is deeply rooted in the culture of Mexico,” said James Webb, Senior Product Designer at Adidas in a statement. “The head and feathered headdress of Aztec deity Quetzalcoatl is displayed with pride on the shirt which features a completely new crest.”
Namor’s costume in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is also inspired by Quetzalcoatl, known as “the feathered serpent”, but has the added bonus of wings at the ankle. This might have helped Mexico avoid a draw with Poland in the first round.
Denmark: The Good
The three jerseys made for the Danish team in the World Cup are stand-outs more for what they leave off than any elaborate design features. The solid red, white and black jerseys by Hummel are protest flags against the human rights record of the host nation.
The logos and accents have been made monochromatic to avoid unwanted attention.
“At Hummel, we believe that sport should bring people together, and when it doesn’t, we are eager to speak up and make a statement,” said kit supplier Hummel in a statement. “That’s also why the new Denmark jerseys for the upcoming World Cup have been designed as a protest against Qatar and its human rights record. We don’t wish to be visible during a tournament that has cost thousands of people their lives.”
It’s just another example of Copenhagen cool sweeping the world.
Tunisia: The off-side
Tunisia, it’s me, not you. Up close the jersey features details inspired by ancient Carthaginian armour but from a distance all that I can see is the logo of Italian sports brand Kappa. The silhouette of a naked man and woman supporting each other reminds me of the mudflaps championed by politically incorrect truckers in the eighties, which unfortunately made its way onto T-shirts and belt buckles.
Belgium: Not hot
Some of the world’s best fashion designers come from Belgium, such as Raf Simons, Ann Demeulemeester, Martin Margiela and Kris Van Assche. None of them were involved in this shirt from Adidas.
The palette has fast food energy but it’s the flaming sleeves that have us thinking of the flame shirt made famous by US shirt Guy Fieri and old hot rods.
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