American fashion designer Ralph Lauren has been rather stylishly designing the Team USA Olympics uniforms for quite some time now but who and what exactly are the other Olympic teams wearing?
Ralph Lauren saw Team USA in navy blazers with matching berets (which are totally amazing!) and striped red, white and blue scarves on the women in their white skirts, which male athletes sported white trousers and navy ties…
The job of creating the Team GB (with athletes from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) uniforms went to designer Stella McCartney, who created the performance kits, podium suit and villagewear, while the most unlikely white and gold tracksuit uniforms worn during the Opening Ceremony were created by Next – we didn’t see that one coming!
Stella McCartney reportedly collaborated with Adidas to design the “village wear” to be worn while not in competition, taking inspiration from the Union Jack but she said that she deconstructed it to make it “more delicate and feminine” for the female athletes. She also favored a palette of white with shades of blue to include navy, cobalt and turquoise.
The uniforms worn by the Czech Olympic team are literally a work of art, with the design being based on the painterly work of artist Frantisek Kupka’s abstract painting “Fugue in Two Colors,” which appeared on the bicycle shorts worn by the women during the Opening Ceremony.
But the Brits in particular appreciated the touch of humor displayed by the Czechs in wearing gumboots and umbrellas in anticipation of sudden showers…
The Italian team’s monochrome navy uniform with pale blue shirts and navy striped scarves and ties are by Giorgio Armani, while their sailing team will sport a waterproof blue kit made for them by Prada.
Meanwhile, the tiny European republic of San Marino on Italy’s Adriatic Coast, due east of Florence, had their uniforms designed by Salvatore Ferragamo.
Hermes has reportedly designed the riding jackets for the French equestrian team, while Adidas was curiously put in charge of all other requirements.
Interestingly, Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel has created an Olympic-themed Womenwear collection called “Team Karl” for London’s department store Selfridge’s even though word has it that he won’t be watching the games himself (despite Karl’s buff bodybuilding past!).
The Australian team’s mostly green and white uniforms have been designed by Sportscraft, with shoes by Volley, while their athletic uniforms are by Adidas.
The German team’s blue is for boys and pink is for girls uniforms were made by Adidas as well, while not particularly patriotic of the Vaterland, the matching plaid scarves were a lovely touch!
Team Jamaica’s rather remarkable uniform in it’s flag’s colors of black, green and yellow have been designed by none other than Cedella Marley, who is the daughter of legendary singer Bob Marley, in collaboration with Puma.
Canadian Olympians will be wearing uniforms made by the Hudson’s Bay Company, including the Khaki trousers, paired with red and white patriotic jackets.
Uniforms for both the Spanish and Russian teams are by Russian sportswear company Bosco, with the Spanish athletes wearing the red and yellow colors of their flag, while the Russians sported a choice of red or blue jackets with their white trousers and white straw boaters.
Controversy surrounded the New Zealand Olympic team’s uniform as much as it did the American uniforms made in China or the Spanish uniforms made by Russians for that matter, with the New Zealnad firm Rodd and Gunn getting the designing contract but it was designed by Czech designer Irena Prikryl, who apparently works for Rodd and Gunn in New Zealand, and on top of it all, the uniforms were made of Italian textiles, and manufactured in Italy, Turkey and China!
Take a look at these Olympics uniforms as worn by their athletes and flagbearers in my slideshow… Enjoy the Olympics!