Exclusive: Football fan Robbie Williams celebrates the launch of his latest fashion collection with a very stylish kickabout
20:02 GMT, 31 August 2012
Take That star Robbie Williams is a legend to many, but in his eyes he will never hold a candle to his grandfather Jack Farrell.
Jack 'the Giant Killer' Farrell was a Stoke-on-Trent native with a notable wardrobe who lived a hard life but lived it well.
Thirty years after Jack began teaching a four-year-old Robbie what it is to be a man Robbie has honoured his late grandfather and mentor with a fashion label in his name that he says reflect the values of a great man.
Now in its third season, the label is designed for 'guys who like a ‘bit of snap’ in their clothing' and has a strong British feel. But it doesn't look like Rob will be turning in to to a snobby fashionista
anytime soon – to celebrate the launch of the third collection Rob and
his friends dressed up in their Farrell finery and headed to a playing
field for a cheeky game of 5-a-side.
Football fan Robbie Williams took to
the pitch to create a film to launch
the latest Farrell clothing collection
Filmed in London’s Acton on a cold Sunday morning, Robbie teamed up with four friends, including model Sid Ellison and singer Olly Murs, to take on a local side.
Eager to kick off the football season in style, the Farrell boys not only out styled the opposition, but won the match 3-1.
There is – of course – a fashionable reason for playing a game of football dressed in pea coats and button down shirts: the latest collection has a military feel is inspired by the historic football match that took place between the British and German armies in 1914 when soldiers stopped and declared an unofficial truce, to play a match on Christmas day.
VIDEO: Watch Robbie and his team cruise to 5-a-side victory in style
But watching the video fans get the
sense that it is more about Robbie and his friends having a laugh and
looking cool than anything too luvvy.
Robbie said: ‘I got to hang out with lads I like, playing a game I love, all whilst wearing a brand that I’m really proud of’.
And on the day of the shoot back in
May Olly Murs tweeted to his followers: 'Great afternoon in the sunshine
with @robbiewilliams doing a shoot for his clothing label… 'Farrell'
LEDGE Stuff!! Proper cool!!”
The Farrell range was created in tribute to Robbie's grandfather Jack Farrell
It features clothes with a 'bit of snap' and a British twist
Singer Olly Murs was part of Robbie's winning 5-a-side team
Unusually for a celebrity 'designer' Robbie is actually involved in the creation of everything in the range, but this is the first time that the pop star has turned clothes horse for the brand.
Talking at the launch of the label he said: 'I''m into clothes but not necessarily
fashion and I think this is reflected in the collection.
'I was inspired by the clothes that I've always worn and loved. I worked with a great team of experienced people who helped me
to bring my ideas to life. I enjoyed choosing every detail – from the
lining, to the buttons to the cut.
'It was always important to Jack to look smart. It's
something I have carried with me throughout my life – my style has
always been pretty consistent really. I like to be comfortable but I do
enjoy being a British gent and dressing up a bit.'
The 350 midnight blue Frock Coat (left) features grosgrain collar detail and the 300 Control Trench (right) comes with a removable red wool melton liner
The Farrell collection is available at Selfridges and House of Fraser and from www.farrell.com
VIDEO: Hear from 'designer' Robbie about the collection…