Sometimes, life is about risks. A new job, a different hair do, letting someone else choose what to watch on Netflix. Spare a thought for Leicester City and England footballer James Maddison then, who decided to take a risk on Virgil Abloh and Louis Vuitton’s show stopping Christopher backpack in Iridescent Prism, wearing it as he arrived to play Tottenham this week.
The backpack, part of Virgil Abloh’s debut S/S19 collection for the French fashion house proved to be somewhat divisive on social media with UK newspaper The Sun picking up on the bag’s ‘eye catching design’ and robust price tag.
Footballers and high fashion have an up down relationship to say the least. When it goes well you get The Italian national team in Dolce & Gabbana, when it goes wrong you get Liverpool FC in white suits.
Regardless of what Twitter says, we back this pack. Yes it’s bright, and unusual and different from anything else you’ll wear on your back, and therein lies the point. What is Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton for if not to push boundaries? And if Maddison, a 22 year-old soon to be England midfielder can’t wear it, what hope do the rest of us have?
Pleasingly enough, Maddison had his own answer to critics, scoring the winning goal in Saturday’s match, prompting calls from ex-players and pundits for him to finally start for England, after failing to play in two recent qualifiers.
Caps aside, he’s certainly off the mark from a sartorial point of view. If you feel like following in Maddison’s footsteps and getting your hands on that version of the backpack, you’ll need to consult the murky world of The Internet. We’d suggest visiting LouisVuitton.Com instead, where you can find variations on the Christopher right now. Filling it with your football kit is optional.