February 02, 2010
Noted American fashion designer and Friends guest star Ralph Lauren is back once again to design the clothing that Team U.S.A.'s Olympic athletes will be sporting for the Opening Ceremony. Inspired by designs worn during the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Olympics, these outfits are so American they basically play Bruce Springsteen songs.
Down jackets, turtlenecks, knit caps, and the ubiquitous slim-leg trousers make up the kits that will be worn by every athlete from the lithe Tanith Belbin to the decidedly un-lithe John Shuster. I'm guessing the pants will look better on some people than others, but in general, the traditional look is really nice.
There's a lot more than just the Opening Ceremony outfits though. Ralph Lauren has produced an entire line of clothing that the competitors will be wearing around Vancouver. Shawl-collar cardigans, hooded sweatshirts, and down vests make up the collection. It'll cost you a pretty penny, but it's all available online.
Belbin is excited to wear the gear, telling USA Today, "It's great to have such an interestingly designed collection. I know that's something that all the winter athletes were jealous of when we saw the Beijing Games. We wanted to stand out and look really well put together." Easy for her to say. She'd look good in anything.
More pictures after the jump.
I don't know that I 'get' the pants tucked in to socks look, or why this guy is sitting on a mountain in just track pants and a jacket, but it looks alright. The glasses are a little orthopedic, bro.
Seems like this guy could be an extra in an Andre 3000 video.
"Oh, you know, just hangin' out and planting some flags in my new Ralph Lauren gear. I'm a little cold, but I can warm my hand up in my pocket."
Do you like these outfits? Are they too American? Are they not American enough? Let us know in the comments.