On a December night in 1899, one of AC Milan’s founding fathers, British expatriate Herbert Kiplin said, “We are a team of devils. Our colours are red as fire, and black, to invoke fear in our opponents”. Adidas’s focus for the new AC Milan home kit for the 2012-13 season depicts these famous words uttered just shy of 113 years ago, however, thus far it has clearly not invoked any serious fear in any opponents this season with the Rossoneri’s string of poor results so far.
The new kit design includes five stripes, three black and two red. The black and red stripes are separated by what looks like white pin stripes from a distance, but is actually the Italian flag appearing in the form of a pin stripe. Unlike many of the preceding AC Milan home kits, the polo collar returns to the jersey with “A.C. Milan” embroidered into it. Under the armpit is black as well as the trim of the sleeve. The tops of the sleeves are red. The Adidas three stripes appear in white as well as club sponsor Fly Emirates. Considering the emphasis on “red as fire” and “black, to invoke fear” as a basis for a kit, all I am seeing from a distance is an abundance of white on the kit.
I have a lot of reservations about this new AC Milan kit. Quite frankly I am disappointed. I can see that Adidas have attempted to go for a simplistic and elegant kit, however, the use of the pin stripes are excessive, make the kit look too busy from close up, and I do not think the collar suits the shirt either. For such a prestigious club hailing from one of the fashion capitals of the world, this really does not work too well. Had Adidas taken away the white polo collar and adopted a slicker v-neck such as they have done with this season’s Real Madrid’s home kit, then we would definitely have a better design on our hands.
I would give this kit a 5.7/10. There are worse out there for sure, however, this is far from the benchmark.
What do you think of this kit? Do you think Herbert Kiplin would have admired this creation? Will AC Milan invoke fear when it really matters later on in the season? Leave your comments below, or share your opinions on Facebook or Twitter.