August 9, 2016
Our fashion blogger, Maame Brewoo, enjoyed watching the Opening Ceremony for the 2016 Olympics last Friday and rounded up some details on the uniforms she loved the most. Here’s the fashion story behind each of her four favorites!
The moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived—the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro! As millions of people around the globe tuned in to watch the opening ceremony, they saw not only the best athletes, but also the astounding work of world-renowned fashion designers. From the classic silhouettes of Ralph Lauren to the spunky style of H&M, it is without a doubt the Olympians will look fearless and ready to compete. Here are some of the most noteworthy uniforms from the opening ceremony:
1. USA – Ralph Lauren
If there’s one word that describes the style of team USA’s uniform, it is none other than “preppy.” Known for simplicity and classic pieces, Ralph Lauren kept its signature style in these outfits. The completed look consists of: a single-breasted navy wool blazer, a wide-striped long sleeved shirt, white pants, boat shoes, and a handcrafted bracelet.
2. Cuba – Christian Louboutin and Henri Tai
Better associated with his classic red sole heels, Christian Louboutin took up the opportunity to help design team Cuba’s opening ceremony outfits. In collaboration with Henri Tai, a former professional handball player, the outfits for the athletes were nothing short of fabulous. For the men: a white collared shirt, a bright red blazer embroidered with the Cuban flag, knee-length black slacks and high-top sneakers. And for the women: a white collared shirt, khaki-colored blazer also embroidered with the Cuban flag, black calf-length slacks, and kitten heel sandals.
Team Australia rocked the opening ceremony stage with its ultra preppy attire designed by Sportscraft, an Australian lifestyle brand, and comfortable shoes by Toms, a philanthropic shoe brand. Blazers rule once again, and for the Australians, green seersucker with an embroidered coat of arms badge is the way to go. Paired with the blazer: white button-down shirt, white toms, white skirts and silk scarfs and for the female athletes, white shorts and a horizontal striped yellow tie for the male athletes.
4. Sweden – H&M
Team Sweden caught everyone’s attention at the opening ceremony with a bright number: eye-catching, yellow outfits for the women and blue hues for the men. H&M, originally a Swedish brand, designed these uniforms with comfort, and a hint of spunk in mind. Decked out in stylish jackets, skirts, shorts and fun knee-high socks, Team Sweden broke away from the rest of the teams by opting out of the traditional blazer look– and they look great doing it.