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!