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At this year’s 2016 Summer Olympic games, it won’t just be the athletes competing for international fame.
Designers including Ralph Lauren (U.S.A.), Stella McCartney (Great Britain), Lacoste (France) and H&M (Sweden) will be doing their countries proud by outfitting athletes in patriotic ensembles. (Giorgio Armani is slated to design Italy’s ensembles, however they have yet to be revealed.)
Once again, Polo Ralph Lauren has got the U.S.A. covered (literally) for the opening and closing ceremonies. Classic white-and-navy stripe tees will be layered under red, white or blue button downs and paired with pristine white shorts, a striped belt and a wrap bracelet for a look that could double for a Fourth of July backyard BBQ. Not preppy enough for you? Fret not, Ralph Lauren added boat shoes!
And for diehard Team U.S.A. fans, the entire look is now shoppable on Polo Ralph Lauren’s website. The collection will cost you a pretty penny (those boat shoes retail for $350), but it’s worth it because America, right?
Lacoste is outfitting the French Olympians in polos too, but their version is a bit more minimalist — a look the French do best. Instead of shorts, French athletes will rock a navy windbreakers, skinny white trousers and matching plain-white sneakers during the opening ceremony.
Over in the U.K., Stella McCartney unveiled uniforms (designed in collaboration with Adidas) which will be worn by Team Great Britain’s athletes and paralympians. The designs feature silhouettes of a lion holding a torch. Classic.
Sweden tapped national cheap chic treasure H&M to design its blue-and-yellow unis, which was previewed by swimmer Sarah Sjostrom and appear muted and less bright than the colors of its flag. But then again, we expect nothing less than a streamlined cool design from the country that brought us Ikea.
The Italians kept it classic in pieces from Armani’s EA7 line, including polos with striped collars and elegantly simple tees. For their Opening Ceremony look, the athletes will roll up in luxe black tracksuits with “Italia” written in gold across the back.
Dean and Dan Caten, the Canadian twins behind DSquared2, gave our great northern neighbors a cool uniform that could also double as chic streetwear a la Drake or Justin Bieber. The back vent details and massive maple leaves, give Canada fashion bragging rights at the very least.
Last but not least, Christian Louboutin will be outfitting Cuba for the games. The prolific shoe designer teamed up with Henri Tai of Sporty Henri for the uniforms, which are composed of khaki, red and white pieces. The real standouts, naturally, are the shoes. Sandals with a block heel as well as sneakers — each featuring the country’s lone star — round out the look.
Brazilian swimwear designer Lenny Niemeyer is giving the host country’s athletes a fresh look for the games. Niemeyer is known for her luxury bikinis, which have been worn by Lady Gaga and Nicole Richie, and most recently collaborated with Best Western to design the luxury hotel Premier Barra on the beach in Rio. The designer also had the honor of carrying the torch ahead of Friday’s Opening Ceremony.
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