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Euro 2012 final: style watch

July 2, 2012

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It was a night of triumph and tears when Spain beat Italy in the Euro 2012 final. But it was also a night for a subtle dose of sartorial excellence

Never mind that Spain won 4-0, there were tears from player-of-the-tournament Andrea Pirlo or any records that were set, last night’s Euro 2012 final provided a wealth of style details to amuse the non-footie-inclined. As well as the usual haircut and tattoo curiosities – Buffon’s use of bobby pins to hold back his hair and Balotelli’s slightly less-than-sharp mohican are worth noting – the sidelines brought interesting distraction, often on a Balotelli theme. See the inevitable Italian fans dressed up as Super Mario (originally spotted at the Germany match but just as endearing here) but also the Giles Deacon-worthy specs and on-trend striped jersey of Italian number nine’s adoptive father, Francesco (above, centre).

More famous faces brought their own interpretation of sideline style. While Iker Casillas’ girlfriend, TV presenter Sara Carbonero got top marks for making Chris Kamara-worthy head phones look chic by teaming them with fuscia pink lipstick, injured Spanish players David Villa and Carlos Puyol showed off-duty footballer style still leaves much to be desired. Diesel and DSquared continue to be labels of choice, apparently, though Puyol wearing his lanyards cross-body, ala Louis Vuitton’s spring/summer 2010 show, gives some hope. The duo could do with taking inspiration from Nikolay, the eight-year-old son of Belarus president, Alexander Lukashenko. Dressed in a striped linen jacket, and with a blonde choir boy haircut, he showed a natural ability to channel Gatsby chic way beyond his years.

The party atmosphere after the cup was handed over to Spain, who formed a great backdrop for further fashion footnotes. If Balotelli (him again) made a petulant protest by leaving the laces of his boots untied as he collected his medal, most other points of interest came from the victo rious Spain squad. Sergio Ramos and Cesc Fabregas both changed into T-shirts to pay tribute to absent friends including 23-year-old Sevilla midfielder Antonio Puerta, who died of cardiac arrest on the pitch in 2007, and Miki Roque, who died of cancer last month. On a lighter note, the Spanish players showed themselves to be a dab hand at pitch-side styling. See Sergio Ramos’ self-styled photo op with a matador cape, or Gerard Pique, who customised part of the goal net into a scarf for a look that wouldn’t be out of place in the Christopher Shannon collection.

In the mix was an emerging style icon, out for Suri Cruise’s crown as the princess of pint-sized chic. The two-year-old daughter of Fernando Torres, Nora, stood out among the play ers’ children – dressed in a navy blue lace tutu skirt (very Valentino), Spain number nine shirt and flowered baseball boots, she was quite at home checking out Daddy’s office, and even tried for a goal. We find our style icons in the most unlikely of places – and sometimes in the most unlikely of people – but you’d have to say the emergence of Nora was worth sitting through the match for. Read More

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