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We decided to save the Kolkata Knight Riders' uniform review for last seeing as how they play in the IPL 2012 finals today. This is the last such review in a series of posts in which we analyze each IPL team’s uniform. VJ Andy and Guylife’s own Harsh Kalan have a no-holds-barred, no-detail-left-uncovered look at this season’s IPL team uniforms.
VJ Andy: You probably know VJ Andy from his wildly successful Channel V shows like Dare to Date, Date My Folks, U R Fired, Get Gorgeous, among several others. What you probably don’t know is that he also has a fashion/costume design background, with credits for work on films including Tashan, Bachna E Haseeno and Ghajini.
He has also worked for some of India’s top designers, including Suneet Varma, JJ Valaya, Rahul Gandhi, and Rohit Sharma. You can connect with this multi-talented youth icon (he started his career as a choreographer!) at @iamVJAndy and on facebook.
Harsh Kalan: Harsh Kalan is a writer and freelance graphic designer based in Mumbai. Along with writing for Guylife, he has been designing logos and identities for a gamut of brands for several years. He is, however, most passionate about sports, and follows the IPL avidly--both for work and fun. You can connect with him on Twitter at @harshkalan.
Harsh: The Kolkata Knight Riders have been playing in purple and gold for the past couple of seasons. This, of course, is not that much of a deviation from their original black and gold theme. However, the big news this season for KKR was their brand new logo that looks more like a Knight Rider--whatever that means--than their previous one.
The first time I saw the original KKR uni back in 2008, I instantly likened it to a black silk saree with gold lining. Well, now it looks like a purple silk saree with gold lining! This might be because I’m not used to seeing gold too often on a sports field--unless we’re talking about legendary gold-sporting teams like the Notre Dame Fighting Irish or the New Orleans Saints.
Name And Number: While I’m not a big fan of any variation of gold on a sports jersey, I do think the gold player names and numbers bode well for this uni. In fact, this uniform needs classic elements like names and numbers just to set it apart from--you guessed it--a purple and gold silk saree!
Helmet: This is hands down the best looking helmet in the IPL--and possibly cricket! Unlike previous years, when RR went with standard royal blue domes, this year’s helmets have a very cool matte/metallic finish. The golden logo stands out on this helmet and the whole thing looks simply amazing! Despite sponsor mentions on the leading side and back, this dome is the boss!
Helmet: For some reason there are two distinct shades of gold--one dark and one light--used in the helmets of KKR players. I personally prefer the lighter shade, and I think the whole team should stick to it. Other than that, there’s the sponsors’ logos on the leading side and the back that add to the chaos.
Cap: KKR’s cap is a pretty strange-looking one. It has a sole gold panel on the right hand side. It also has a bit of gold lining on the left on the visor. This just makes the cap weird (not in a good way!). Plus there’s the usual sponsor slots on the leading side and the back--can’t do without those!
Pads: Before KKR, I had never seen gold leg guards, and I wasn’t so sure if pads could be dyed gold. Of course, now I know better! And although I am not too fond of this uniform, I think the pads are the silver (or should I say, golden) lining on it!
Miscellaneous: I quite like the ‘NOKIA’ wordmark on the chest as it goes well with the overall look of the jersey--much like sponsors on soccer shirts. Even the secondary sponsor (the one on the back) is bearable since the Matrix logo looks screenprinted,and not like a mere sticker.
However, the Rose Valley logo on the top right front is something that clearly needs to be worked on. It’s totally creeping on to the KKR badge on the left.
Key Change: Just the logo.
VJ Andy: It's either very well-fitted or perhaps the KKR players are just fit?! One way or the other, there's no denying that the branding is well-placed and the 'skinny' fit of the pants is great!
My only concern is that with all the major hang-ups we Indians have with our 'ebony' colored skin, perhaps the choice of aubergine for colour may not be the best for some of our more 'sun-soaked' handsome players! The gold on the other hand is fabulous! I like that we are embracing gold as masculine, though one might expect this more out of the southern states. I love the gold leg guards as well, even if it does vaguely remind me of what a cricket drag show might shape up to look like!
Guylife Rating: 5.5/10
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