You may have watched the torch carried to Rio de Janeiro. You may be following your favorite Olympic athletes. You may be hosting an Olympics party at house house. You may be the
Olympic super fan, but do you realize that Olympic uniforms have represented a veritable who’s who of fashion over the decades?
A recent article in Remezcla details Cuba’s Olympic uniform this year, designed by Christian Louboutin. Did you think his designs stopped at red-soled stilettos? Think again! Cuba’s Olympic uniform features a fitted red or tan jacket, emblazoned with the Cuban flag with kitten heels or hi-top sneakers. The designer says he was inspired by Cuban athletes and athleisure trends.
This is not the first time a top designer has outfitted an Olympic team. In 1980, Levi Strauss designed Team USA’s suede and shearling jackets and white cowboy hats. Ralph Lauren designed the American team’s nautical-inspired skirts and hats in 2012. Georgio Armani dressed Italy’s 2012 team in seriously sleek black and white uniforms.
Who will Team USA be wearing this year? They went for Polo Ralph Lauren again. Debuted on The Today Show, each team member will wear a red, white or blue Polo button down shirt, khaki chinos and boat shoes for the quintessential American prep look.
Who knows whether Olympic team style gives an edge in the international competition? One thing is certain. The Olympic games have far more to offer than sweat and sports. It’s the fashion event of the year!
As nations around the world gear for the highly-anticipated grand stage for athletes around the world, they are making an effort to ensure that their athletes portray an impressive picture to the world. Apart from ensuring that the athletes are adequately trained in their respective disciplines, countries like Cuba have called upon the support and expertise of world-leading fashion designers such as Christian Louboutin, a renowned French designer. This is in a bid to ensure that Cuba’s Olympic team looks the part during the Olympics’ Closing Ceremony.
The Designs for Cuba’s Olympic Team
The outfits designed for the closing ceremony were made through the collaboration of Christian Louboutin, who is known for his signature red-soled heels, and Sporty Henri. On his Website, Christian Louboutin asserted that he came up with the particular designs to welcome back the athletes to the human world after their performance. He likened the athletes to superheroes, as they are deemed to put on a special gear that allows them to defy various forces of nature such as time, laws of physics and gravity to outperform their competitors.
The team outfits boast of a fitted jacket characterized by a Cuban flag on top of the breast pocket. The designer also made sure that the clothes rhyme with the spectacular bodies of the athletes by tailor fitting them. He also included complementing shoes such as hi-top sneakers for men and kitten heels for the women.
Cuba, a Caribbean Island, appears to be drawing enormous interest from the fashion world with various designers heading to this island for inspiration. Similarly, Louboutin credited the island as his primary source of inspiration for the outfits.