If there is one word that seems to be on every football shirt collector’s lips right now it is ‘iridescent’ – the showing of luminous colours that appear to change and move when looked at from different angles.
We have Barcelona and Nike to mainly thank for this buzzword, with the release of their parma-violet away kit featuring an iridescent sponsor, club crest and logo. As is so often the case with a slight deviation from the design norm, opinion has been split about the new design, but after seeing it on the pitch at the weekend in a friendly, its popularity appears to be growing with fans, one of whom appears to be concept designer, @skulldesigns_.
They have created a gold Barcelona concept kit that combines elements of a legendary Barça shirt from the 2000s with those new iridescent features. Let’s take a closer look at the design!
The traditional colours of Barcelona are as well known as any club, with a Blaugrana home shirt backed by away and third kits often making use of orange in tribute to their former Dutch heroes, or a yellow and red design inspired by the Catalan Senyera flag.
But back in 2001, Barcelona and Nike flipped the script with a Champagne gold away shirt, which were apparently helped along the design journey by Bolo Zenden. This design, along with a slightly less flashy attempt from 2003-04, seem to have inspired this concept, with the champagne colour making up the base colour of the jersey, which is made to stand out further thanks to an embossed hoop pattern.
The truly eye-catching features in this gold Barcelona concept kit, though, come from the splashes of colour littered throughout. The collar and sleeve cuffs bear that classic red and blue of the Camp Nou team, creating an especially nice effect on the overlapping collar.
On the main body, meanwhile, we see examples of the iridescent features everyone has been talking about. These are undoubtedly difficult effects to display in a concept design, so props to @skulldesigns_ for pulling it off!
What do you think of the new Barcelona away shirt?
Everyone thought the Barcelona home shirt would be the main talk of Catalan shirt collectors, but the surprising away shirt has changed that a little. While it might be a bit different to what we are used to, that is not always a bad thing (remember when we first saw dazzle camo?).
Tell us what you think about the iridescent design in the comments below!
Who is @skulldesigns_?
@skulldesigns_ is an Argentinian designer, who adds extra technical elements into concept designs, such as with the iridescent features on this shirt. Keep track of future designs via Twitter.