|Ralph Lauren Olympic Collection|
With only an hour until the official Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London begin -- which I will watch televised later this evening – it is apparent that American pride is beginning to swell.
Usually, when you hear the names Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Giorgio Armani, Prada, Hermés and Salvatore Ferragamo you think of fashion week. But not in this instance, they are the designer names who are dressing the talented athletes of the world for success.
It isn’t shocking that McCartney would be the ideal choice for Great Britain to lock down to dress the Brits as she has been designing for Addidas since 2004. Yet I believe McCartney inspired the gamut of other designers to join in on the fun.
Team USA will wear uniforms created by Ralph Lauren, whose designs have always been the epitome of classic America fashion. Lauren’s Olympic Collection includes fleece warm-ups, USA appliques and track suits.
Georgia Armani has produced the Italian Olympic team’s official gear – lustrous white and blue apparel – and recently declared that the London 2012 games would be, “the most fashionable Olympic Games ever.”
Puma has teamed up with Bob Marley’s daughter, Cedella, to design some trendy duds which will include the colors of the Jamaican flag. Yeah, mon!
Earlier in the week, there was a big brouhaha that Lauren – the American as apple pie designer – had his uniforms manufactured in China. The Huffington Post reported that lawmakers in Washington were up in arms over uniforms that were not “Made in the U.S.A.”
I agree that having an American manufacturer create the uniforms would be the most patriotic thing to do but, it is really about the games and not the duds, so I move on people.
For me, the focus on sports fashion at this year’s games certainly intrigues me, but I cannot wait to watch the extraordinary actions of athletes from across the globe as they compete for the Gold, Silver and Bronze in fashionable attire.