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Eventer55
Jul. 10, 2012, 05:10 PM
Not sure if this can go here, but I'm thinking of the Eventing riders. How do all of you feel about the "attire" shown on Eventing Nation. I'm not crazy about it and I don't think it looks like "eventing attire" I guess I just don't like it. . .

I hope I change my mind.

RacetrackReject
Jul. 10, 2012, 05:20 PM
What is on their heads? Is it a beret? Don't get me wrong, I'm glad it's not a cowboy hat (AGAIN), but who decided that we must always have a hat of some sort? I don't think that anyone on the team has hair that some serious styling couldn't help.

Divine Comedy
Jul. 10, 2012, 05:26 PM
That is the attire to be worn by all US athletes during the Opening Ceremonies. Are we sure that is what the US Eventing team will be wearing during the jogs?

I hope not, because it's pretty fugly looking to me.

JER
Jul. 10, 2012, 05:32 PM
The US Olympic outfits always seem to fall somewhere between Love Boat and Sea Org.

I know it's just my opinion but I don't think either 1970s Aaron Spelling TV or Scientology is a good template for Olympic uniforms.

That gigantic logo would be offensive if there wasn't so much awfulness competing for one's attention.

But, hey, it could be worse. You could be representing Spain (http://www.roundtownnews.com/rtn-news/costa-blanca-this-week/item/37091-fashion-experts-criticize-the-spanish-olympic-uniform.html).

Robby Johnson
Jul. 10, 2012, 05:39 PM
The US Olympic outfits always seem to fall somewhere between Love Boat and Sea Org.

Diet Coke really stings the nasal passages, JER! :D

Robby Johnson
Jul. 10, 2012, 05:40 PM
With that said, however, I actually really like them.

They have some style and tailoring about them, which should accentuate an athletic body.

vineyridge
Jul. 10, 2012, 05:59 PM
Yachting, anyone?

Ibex
Jul. 10, 2012, 06:03 PM
Bobby socks and a Beret? OMG... :eek:

Liebe-ist-Krieg
Jul. 10, 2012, 06:05 PM
Eh, the men look ok.

Hate the long skirt with the blazer for the women, don't see how that will be flattering for anyone. Either the blazer needs to be shorter and more tailored, or the skirt should be pencil-esque and hit at or above the knee. Slim fitting white pants for the women would be fine too.

Whatever they are wearing on their heads looks ridiculous.

He he, just looked at Spains, much worse :lol:

FLeventer
Jul. 10, 2012, 06:11 PM
Hate the womans look. UGLY out of 1945. The white shoes throw me off as well on all the outfits.

Robby Johnson
Jul. 10, 2012, 06:16 PM
http://msn.foxsports.com/olympics/story/united-states-opening-ceremony-uniforms-unveiled-berets-are-back-071012

I stand by my like. The slight military look says "I'm here to win."

RAyers
Jul. 10, 2012, 06:22 PM
I stand by my like. The slight military look says "I'm here to win."

Either that or they worked for IBM in the 1980s.

Carolinadreamin'
Jul. 10, 2012, 06:27 PM
Whoever said that at least it's not as bad as Spain's is right. Just. Not. Right.

I saw a comment on Facebook that our athletes may as well be holding a French baguette to go with those Berets!

ShearConvenience
Jul. 10, 2012, 06:49 PM
Opening ceremonies outfits just seem to be bad as a general rule. Always. But hey, it's Ralph Lauren so it must be some high fashion we just don't understand.

Equibrit
Jul. 10, 2012, 07:18 PM
Blame Ralphie; http://www.oregonlive.com/olympics/index.ssf/2012/07/london_olympics_berets_return.html

Heinz 57
Jul. 10, 2012, 07:18 PM
Are those double breasted jackets on the men? Oy. That, I can overlook, because at least they don't look uber-sloppy like the woman's outfit. Are those athletic shoes with socks under a poufy skirt? Really?

Where's the poodle?

WHY CAN'T WOMEN WEAR PANTS? And why does the womens outfit look like a 12 year old school girl?

Liebe-ist-Krieg
Jul. 10, 2012, 07:25 PM
Opening ceremonies outfits just seem to be bad as a general rule. Always. But hey, it's Ralph Lauren so it must be some high fashion we just don't understand.

I'm fairly certain no one, including the designers themselves, understands high fashion.

As evidenced by this:
http://house-of-fabulous-fashion.blogspot.com/2009/11/crazy-hairstyles-charlie-le-mindu.html

or this:
http://omgeemag.onsugar.com/Models-Walk-Bald-Beards-Patrick-Mohr-Show-9093384

or this:
http://picocool.com/fashion/crazy-couture-from-gianni-molaro/

gahawkeye
Jul. 10, 2012, 07:29 PM
But what does the rain gear look like? Surely Ralph wouldn't have forgotten an umbrella or overcoat... after all, it has been known to rain over there a bit...

ACMEeventing
Jul. 10, 2012, 07:31 PM
Oh well, I guess it's better than the ridiculous cowboy hats. But that Ralph Lauren logo . . . sheesh!

I wonder if KOC has a closet full of Olympic outfits. Kind of like bridesmaid dresses, you don't really ever get to wear them again (no matter what the bride says).

Equibrit
Jul. 10, 2012, 07:38 PM
Nike's offerings;http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mkm45fkheg/summer-olympic-uniforms-track-field/#gallerycontent

#8 is labeled for USA Equestrian - looks like Star Trek gear. None of it looks special.

Team GB got Adidas and Stella McCartney; http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/article/TMG9160263/Stella-McCartney-unveils-the-Team-GB-Olympic-kit.html

Carolinadreamin'
Jul. 10, 2012, 07:47 PM
Nike's offerings;http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mkm45fkheg/summer-olympic-uniforms-track-field/#gallerycontent

#8 is labeled for USA Equestrian - looks like Star Trek gear. None of it looks special.

Oh yuck. Brown? I don't get it.

KateDB
Jul. 10, 2012, 08:03 PM
Spain's looks like bad airline flight attendant wear!!!
I like the USA men's wear, but I'm not hot on the women's blazers. I agree they should have been shorter and more tailored and form-fitting...afterall they are athletes!

If no one has noticed how TIGHT KOC is, it's amazing. She has worked really, really hard to be super fit and she looks like it too (not that she ever carried an extra ounce previously)!

edited to add that I'm not impressed by the Nike uniforms for USA Equestrian. Talk about frumpy.

FitToBeTied
Jul. 10, 2012, 08:20 PM
Are they re-casting Gilligan's Island? It looks like Mr. Howell has a new crew.

Equibrit
Jul. 10, 2012, 08:34 PM
That's all Ralph Lauren ever does isn't it. Takes classic old sportswear designs and slaps the RL logo on it.

Foxtrot's
Jul. 10, 2012, 08:36 PM
With bodies like these athletes have it would be pretty hard to make any of them look bad. Quite liked them - womens' blazer could hav been designed a bit better.

tabula rashah
Jul. 11, 2012, 08:27 AM
Who cares what they are wearing?! I would totally parade myself in a string bikini of raccoon fur in the opening ceremonies if that's what they asked me to do. They made it to the freaking Olympics- I'm pretty sure that's the important part:)

VicariousRider
Jul. 11, 2012, 08:34 AM
The RL outfits are so frumpy for the women... blerg.

While a bit boring, this dress (http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12761199&cp=12817133.12828681&view=all&ab=viewall&parentPage=family)from his Olympic collection is a LOT more flattering, IMHO... I could do without the scarf, however.

Maybe too casual, but why not just one of his iconic polo dresses (http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12761195&cp=12817133.12828681&ab=ln_nodivision_cs1_u.s.olympiccollection&pg=2&parentPage=family)? Again, much more flattering.

But can we PLEASE get rid of these helmets (http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1268&bih=583&tbm=isch&tbnid=c-2jgPQ3uWGcOM:&imgrefurl=http://tntsportsagency.photoshelter.com/image/I0000JKD_ivNnXd4&docid=u98VkLh2GFIPaM&itg=1&imgurl=http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000JKD_ivNnXd4/s/750/750/TNT3767.jpg&w=499&h=750&ei=wG_9T6fMF6qY0QHP-KTDBg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=318&vpy=200&dur=1827&hovh=275&hovw=183&tx=166&ty=242&sig=107686882397291225638&page=1&tbnh=180&tbnw=174&start=0&ndsp=12&ved=1t:429,r:7,s:0,i:99)??? They look like those airbrushed redneck patriotic decorative license plates (http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1268&bih=583&tbm=isch&tbnid=zuR4JP2w30qVOM:&imgrefurl=http://www.wholesaleautoplates.com/servlet/the-4366/American-Flag-with-Eagle/Detail&docid=WNBuJ7I2DT2I_M&imgurl=http://www.wholesaleautoplates.com/catalog/SM71Large.jpg&w=363&h=185&ei=LG_9T6nOBKbb0QG0ipHkBg&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=337&sig=107686882397291225638&page=4&tbnh=87&tbnw=171&start=58&ndsp=24&ved=1t:429,r:22,s:58,i:335&tx=59&ty=28) to me. YUCK.

ETA: How about THESE (http://www.millbryhill.co.uk/clothing-footwear-532/clothing-for-the-rider-623/horse-rider-jodhpurs-breeches-647/harry-hall-union-jack-31210.htm) in white with the Stars and Stripes??? I LOVE these! And this is what they would be wearing on the podium. :winkgrin:

Jealoushe
Jul. 11, 2012, 08:50 AM
Looks like Canadians are going black... http://www.thestar.com/sports/london2012/article/1224649--london-2012-canadian-track-team-shows-off-sleek-new-uniforms

Here are the showjumpers;

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150959421573264&set=a.10150896361328264.419731.84154833263&type=1&theater

tle
Jul. 11, 2012, 08:52 AM
http://msn.foxsports.com/olympics/story/united-states-opening-ceremony-uniforms-unveiled-berets-are-back-071012

I stand by my like. The slight military look says "I'm here to win."

Agree, with the exception of the skirt. NOTHING military about that. BLECH!!

That said... I too would wear a bikini if they wanted me to! Better to be nicely dressed, but WTH... it's the Olympics. :D

Renn/aissance
Jul. 11, 2012, 09:02 AM
The men's is fine. The women's... I don't know what anyone was thinking. Nor do I know what Nike was thinking. I like what Stella McCartney did for the Brits though!

bambam
Jul. 11, 2012, 09:10 AM
The US Olympic outfits always seem to fall somewhere between Love Boat and Sea Org.

:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:
The men's is fine -minus the beret - although a bit boring, but the womens? yuck.
Of course they will wear anything asked because its the Olympics but should they really be asked to wear something so unflattering for one of the biggest moments of their lives?

axl
Jul. 11, 2012, 09:23 AM
While a bit boring, this dress (http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12761199&cp=12817133.12828681&view=all&ab=viewall&parentPage=family)from his Olympic collection is a LOT more flattering, IMHO... I could do without the scarf, however.

Maybe too casual, but why not just one of his iconic polo dresses (http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12761195&cp=12817133.12828681&ab=ln_nodivision_cs1_u.s.olympiccollection&pg=2&parentPage=family)? Again, much more flattering.



I think either of these would be a great improvement.

lmlacross
Jul. 11, 2012, 09:24 AM
I must be in the minority with Robby, but I quite like both the men's and women's looks. While the skirt does have a fluted hem, it has a tailored shape and is knee-length-- not really "long." I also think that the tailored blazers and scarves are sharp.

I also have no issue with the return of the Olympic beret (it admittedly evokes France, but the all-American baseball cap just seems a little too casual for the occasion).

Saskatoonian
Jul. 11, 2012, 09:27 AM
WHAT is with the women's outfit? What year is this, again? I draw the line at skirts to begin with - this is the Olympics, not going to church with your grandmother - and that skirt is particularly horrible.

Renn/aissance
Jul. 11, 2012, 09:31 AM
I must be in the minority with Robby, but I quite like both the men's and women's looks. While the skirt does have a fluted hem, it has a tailored shape and is knee-length-- not really "long." I also think that the tailored blazers and scarves are sharp.

I also have no issue with the return of the Olympic beret (it admittedly evokes France, but the all-American baseball cap just seems a little too casual for the occasion).

The skirt is in styling contrast with the shape of the blazer. A more substantial fabric in a pencil length and cut would be in better keeping with the blazer and with the men's cut. Perhaps with a flat shoe, no bobby socks. The current skirt looks frilly and distracting and unprofessional. I don't mind a skirt in lieu of a trouser pant- if I had legs like some of these ladies I'd want to show them too. :P

PrinceSheik325
Jul. 11, 2012, 09:40 AM
To be honest, the Ralph Lauren uniforms are a lot more flattering that what else is going on out there (have you seen Hong Kong? It's like a bad copy of Mr. Lauren's designs). My only problem is that everything about them (save the gigantic pony) screams, "VIVE LA FRANCE!"

Can't wait to see what Armani and Prada have cooked up for Italy. I wonder if their riders will get Ferragamo tall boots?

Robby Johnson
Jul. 11, 2012, 10:06 AM
I like the fluting of the skirt, as well as the double-breasting of the men's blazer, as it softens the line: critical if you're going to try to pull off a beret. The skirt, as well, is a bit more functional offering more movement than a pencil skirt would. A pencil skirt with this look, IMO, would be too Britney Spears "Toxic" video: flight attendant.

I believe the London setting somewhat requires a more conservative, "buttoned-up" approach as that is what history/tradition (Savile Row comes to mind) has defined, but it's somewhat paradoxical as some of the most watched UK fashion designers of the past 20 years have been anything but (Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen, to name two). In recent years Burberry has hit the mark by modernizing the traditional aesthetic into long-term wearable pieces. Stella is also a wavering anomaly - it's either hit or miss. I usually love her, but I will never forgive her for what she did to Kate Hudson in 2001: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/29/kate-hudson-stella-mccartney-2001-oscars_n_1118578.html. (Sorry Stella, it wasn't just the hair. It was a horrible concept up top akin to a lampshade at a bordello in a color I can only describe as "flu".)

I do, however, like the idea another poster suggests regarding authenticity to one's own country while respecting the occasion. Berets (other than green) don't really occupy a place in American clothing history. Anytime someone wears one there is usually a comment or suggestion the person is attempting to appear edgy/global, etc. This is why a Kangol hat comes to my mind as an alternative, but it also brings up subcultural references that would appear even more costume-y on most Olympic athletes.

Ralph Lauren, for obvious reasons, is synonymous with "Americana" fashion, but I personally feel like Calvin Klein, Dianne von Furstenburg, or Proenza Schouler would deliver amazing options most Americans would be proud of. (Especially DVF, whose prowess with textile development and execution would probably give red/white/blue a "revolutionary" twist.)

Kryzlstoff
Jul. 11, 2012, 10:10 AM
Canada looks nice in black!

Why are we dressed up like French Flight Attendant Barbie circa 1940? Yeesh.

Bravo to the athletes who made it to the Olympics, but I don't like the get-up.

JP60
Jul. 11, 2012, 10:11 AM
Either that or they worked for IBM in the 1980s.
Hey, I almost resemble that remark. :lol: Okay, maybe not directly IBM, but the "uniform" of the time was pretty close. Nothing like running cables under false floors in a suit. At least one could take off the jacket while crawling.

JER
Jul. 11, 2012, 10:12 AM
New Zealand's men's jackets (http://news.sportslogos.net/2012/06/30/new-zealand-unveils-2012-olympic-uniforms/gunn/) are straight out of The Prisoner (http://www.crimetime.co.uk/features/prisoner.html). It's enough to make you start yelling 'I am not a number. I am a free man!'

Designed, apparently by the new number two.

bambam
Jul. 11, 2012, 10:35 AM
well all these pics of other teams are at least making me feel better that the US won't have the worst outfits there ;)

lmlacross
Jul. 11, 2012, 10:36 AM
The skirt is in styling contrast with the shape of the blazer. A more substantial fabric in a pencil length and cut would be in better keeping with the blazer and with the men's cut. Perhaps with a flat shoe, no bobby socks. The current skirt looks frilly and distracting and unprofessional. I don't mind a skirt in lieu of a trouser pant- if I had legs like some of these ladies I'd want to show them too. :P

I'm totally with you on the Keds-and-bobby socks look. Too "little kid" for me and not flattering. However, I think the lighter, fluted skirt works to soften and feminize the blazer. I feel like a pencil skirt would have made the whole ensemble a little "flight attendant."

Heinz 57
Jul. 11, 2012, 10:45 AM
Frumpy, that's the word I was looking for earlier. Very frumpy looking. That "ceremony dress" linked to on the second page is much, much better (although without the awful shoes!).

AirForceWife
Jul. 11, 2012, 10:58 AM
Someone said the military look! I love the uniforms minus the women's skirt, throw her a pencil skirt and a nice pair of slightly rounded white pumps and it'd be perfect! What's there now is about half of my mess dress uniform and I'm pretty sure the rest is out of a 12 year old's closet!

RiverBendPol
Jul. 11, 2012, 11:57 AM
That skirt was a hit on the 1940's tennis courts of the rich and famous...Not so much now. And the ankle sox? Please, give me a break, ankle sox are not becoming to anyone over the age of 6. Funny the fellas are wearing white bucks...Are we really TRYING to go back to the '40's? O well, no cowboy hats is a plus I guess.

JER
Jul. 11, 2012, 12:12 PM
Here's Canada (http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Photos+Best+designed+Olympic+uniforms/6912857/story.html?cid=hot_photo).

And GB (http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Photos+Best+designed+Olympic+uniforms/6912857/story.html?cid=hot_photo), looking formal. This wouldn't be comfortable in warmer temperatures.

Australia (http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Photos+Best+designed+Olympic+uniforms/6912857/story.html?cid=hot_photo) is sad. I mean, seriously, someone 'designed' this look?

Jealoushe
Jul. 11, 2012, 12:21 PM
OMG Italy....people of walmart jogging pant look. Seriously, ARMANI designed this? Fail....

The aussis look like they work for the best western...

this is too entertaining.

RAyers
Jul. 11, 2012, 12:24 PM
Australia (http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Photos+Best+designed+Olympic+uniforms/6912857/story.html?cid=hot_photo) is sad. I mean, seriously, someone 'designed' this look?



I believe it is from the AC/DC Bonn Scott Years collection at JCP.

baxtersmom
Jul. 11, 2012, 12:39 PM
I believe it is from the AC/DC Bonn Scott Years collection at JCP.

*snerk*

baxtersmom
Jul. 11, 2012, 12:40 PM
The Germans and the Jamaicans look great. Those being countries with a fabled history of excellence in clothing design and all.

Foxtrot's
Jul. 11, 2012, 12:40 PM
I'm trying to not be the Negative Nancy here
Olympic uniforms are so much more than 'outfits' such as one would see at a fashion show or on the street. They represent the country, sports and something about the country - take Jamaica - the green and yellow - not everyday wear on the street, but really outstanding for what it was designed for.
China is predictable - just red with China on them. Korea used models for their ad - now what's more gorgeous than a fit and healthy athlete. Canada has to keep the bar high - since Nagano we have had a bit of a reputation with Olympic gear being very tradable.

Each country has to come up with something distinctive to separate it from the other countries and I just know they will look magnificent at the ceremonies, on the podium or on the track.

FrittSkritt
Jul. 11, 2012, 12:42 PM
I really like Canada's track uniforms -- the red/white/black combo is really nice. I wonder if they're going to change the collars on the Canadian team equestrian jackets, though? (I always get confused since theirs are also blue, like the US's, although I think ours has the white piping.)

PhoenixFarm
Jul. 11, 2012, 12:58 PM
I would like us to agree as a species that we are going to stop trying to make the neckerchief happen. I don't care who you are, and what it's paired with, but that bright scrap of ugly immediately reduces the wearer to oompa-loompa status. Just, gah, I can't even look at it long enough to come up with more adjectives of hate.

I don't hate the look, but I don't love it. The bobby socks and keds are confusing, as are the berets. But the Olympics have a long and storied tradition of ugly. On the flip side, it must be a rather herculean task wot try to crystalize your entire culture in to a set of sporty separates that fit the weight lifters and shot putters as well as the gymnasts and swimmers.

bornfreenowexpensive
Jul. 11, 2012, 01:01 PM
New Zealand's men's jackets (http://news.sportslogos.net/2012/06/30/new-zealand-unveils-2012-olympic-uniforms/gunn/) are straight out of The Prisoner (http://www.crimetime.co.uk/features/prisoner.html). It's enough to make you start yelling 'I am not a number. I am a free man!'

Designed, apparently by the new number two.


OMG you are soooo right!!!


The outfit for the closing for USA looked better than the opening.

Simkie
Jul. 11, 2012, 01:03 PM
The outfits are blah, but I think I'm more offended by the huge Ralph Lauren polo logo. Really? Yeah, we know you designed this stuff, but do you really have to leave your logo all over it?

catosis
Jul. 11, 2012, 01:09 PM
Oh God, why?

Overall these outfits are not so intolerable that the athletes should burn them upon completion of the games, but why the Northern prep school look combined with 1940's naval attire? It's just a strange combination and the whole ensemble reads as extraordinarily kitschy. Also, I feel like the woman's outfit is very flight attendant-y.

Foxtrot's
Jul. 11, 2012, 01:10 PM
That's where I have difficulty - but Olympics = money = trademarks = commercialism = profits = Olympics, and so on.

If I can keep it separate in my mind, adhere to the Olympic ideals (there's a joke) and enjoy these young people putting their all on the line I can fully enjoy the Games. The athletes believe in themselves and what they are doing and hopefully enjoying the journey because there is only one Gold medal in each competition.

Sigh - idealist that I am.

sophie
Jul. 11, 2012, 01:34 PM
Looks like the French were spared the béret ;)

Adidas (http://afcos.forumactif.com/t483-londres-2012-equipe-de-france-les-uniformes)did both opening ceremony and sports uniforms.

wendy
Jul. 11, 2012, 01:36 PM
maybe we should revert to the original olympic uniform- what nature gave you.

fair judy
Jul. 11, 2012, 02:05 PM
i think they are classic and timeless. maybe next year those who don't like them can lobby for the "tart" or "goth" look. perhaps the women can wear FMP stilettos in leopard and the gents will sport flip flops. and be certain to show those rear end cracks, too.

this is as silly as the conversation on the H/J forums in regards to the very standard nantucket pinks with seersucker blazer worn by the handler of the BIS model horse.

i could do without the huge RL logo, and also would have liked to see them made in the USA.

JER
Jul. 11, 2012, 02:10 PM
Looks like the French were spared the béret.

Those trench coats make them look like flashers on the Metro. A true celebration of French culture!

baxtersmom
Jul. 11, 2012, 04:04 PM
i think they are classic and timeless. maybe next year those who don't like them can lobby for the "tart" or "goth" look. perhaps the women can wear FMP stilettos in leopard and the gents will sport flip flops. and be certain to show those rear end cracks, too.

Because everyone who doesn't think "America" is encompassed or well-represented by the Ye Olde WASP Yacht Club Shoppe-look is obviously gunning to have Lady Gaga design the uniforms instead. :rolleyes: It might be remembered that there are a few other Americas and histories of costume that could be appropriately incorporated into a "classic and timeless" uniform.

Simkie
Jul. 11, 2012, 04:41 PM
Those trench coats make them look like flashers on the Metro. A true celebration of French culture!

SNORT! Damnit, JER, you owe me a new keyboard!

(I rather liked the coats...but not as much now... :lol:)

Robby Johnson
Jul. 11, 2012, 04:50 PM
I want to have the entire ensemble of France and Germany looks. I also LOVE the other US looks from Ralph Lauren. Of course, I think a lot of it has to do with the models. ;)

Robby Johnson
Jul. 11, 2012, 04:55 PM
I took away from the description that the RL logo would be replaced by the USOC patch. I suspect the prototypes are just branded RL because, you know, branding.

I love the sketch:

You know you love the navy tennis dress. CUTE!

http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/6912901.bin?size=620x400s

But y'all, Russia? ZOMG! This textile looks like a human brain.

http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/6912901.bin?size=620x400s

Foxtrot's
Jul. 11, 2012, 05:18 PM
Russia always has that patterned style - it is who they are - the Winter Olympis in Vancouver 2010 were very wild, and stylish. I like the vive la difference.

barnworkbeatshousework
Jul. 11, 2012, 05:20 PM
I'm supporting Team USA at the Olympics, but I'm sorry, Ralph Lauren, those outfits and the debut image remind me of an album cover for the band, Devo, while the song "Beautiful World" plays in the background.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56u6g0POvo0

JWB
Jul. 11, 2012, 05:25 PM
Are the Eventers even getting to participate in the opening ceremony with competition starting first thing the next day? I guess it also doesn't matter what they wear for the jog either since it is closed :(

Equibrit
Jul. 11, 2012, 06:17 PM
Those RL uniforms are only fit for a bunch of blue hairs playing lawn bowls

Hilary
Jul. 11, 2012, 07:35 PM
The little blue dress with the USA on the chest is really cute! Why are they not wearing that?

OverandOnward
Jul. 11, 2012, 10:56 PM
The U.S. slacks, skirt & blazer are ok with me ... but little white socks? To be fair I think both the men and the women should have to wear those, or nobody does. :winkgrin: :D

My one reservation is that "the outfit" needs to be tailored, made for the body of each person that wear it, or I don't think they are going to look that well. I don't know if that will happen. What is seen in the photo might not be what it looks like in the parade. But. It is still infinitely better than the baggy-pants disaster they were wearing in the 2008 Olympics.

Will the eventers be wearing the opening ceremony attire at the jogs?



But, while we're at it ... have you seen the London Olympic mascots yet? o.m.g. (it's not the first image but the 2nd one in orange and blue)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1279736/London-2012-Olympic-mascots-Meet-Wenlock-Mandeville.html

sophie
Jul. 12, 2012, 02:49 AM
But, while we're at it ... have you seen the London Olympic mascots yet? o.m.g. (it's not the first image but the 2nd one in orange and blue)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1279736/London-2012-Olympic-mascots-Meet-Wenlock-Mandeville.html

Hahaha!
I never understood the whole mascot thing, anyway.
The Olympic rings are not enough?

sophie
Jul. 12, 2012, 02:51 AM
Those trench coats make them look like flashers on the Metro. A true celebration of French culture!

LOL!

Oh well...at least they'll be nice and comfy in England's inclement weather...I want one.

Renn/aissance
Jul. 12, 2012, 08:46 AM
Models or not, I think the Koreans are winning the style race here... although I like the French outfits too, flasher trench or not ;)

trubandloki
Jul. 12, 2012, 08:48 AM
I too like the trench coat look.

Not so much of a fan or the US outfits. The neck scarf totally tops off the ugliness.

ise@ssl
Jul. 12, 2012, 09:07 AM
I love the US uniforms. Bravo so a professional, conservative look. The berets are a nice touch. And it's great the Ralph Lauren donates his time and talent and fashions to the team. I went on his site and all the other 2012 Olympic pieces are available to purchase and I don't find any of them fit the critical comments posted here.

alicen
Jul. 12, 2012, 09:16 AM
The Korean uniforms have a lot of verve going for them - not so sure how a 105 kg + weight lifter will pull off the look, but hey, you can't suit all of the people all of the time.

baxtersmom
Jul. 12, 2012, 10:10 AM
The Winter athletes have it so much better...

http://www.timesunion.com/olympics/slideshow/U-S-Olympic-uniforms-through-the-years-45761.php#photo-3176807

Man, is the white pants/ blue jacket thing tired yet? Been done a few times...

Catie79
Jul. 12, 2012, 01:00 PM
Either that or they worked for IBM in the 1980s.

I just choked on my soda here in my IBM office and have had several of my fellow IBMers check on me. Hysterical laughter is frowned upon at Big Blue.

Equibrit
Jul. 12, 2012, 01:12 PM
Errrrrrrrrrrrrrr - Americans or Australians ?; http://images.theage.com.au/2012/05/03/3268797/art_w_uniform_0405-420x0.jpg

Foxtrot's
Jul. 12, 2012, 01:17 PM
The photo does not show it but the Australians will be wearing a dark version of their green.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 12, 2012, 01:30 PM
And but of course .. where else would our USA "Ralph Lauren" clothing be made? China - again just like in 2008! (http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-capitol-hill-joins-criticism-of-made-in-china-us-olympic-uniforms-20120712,0,1586224.story)

vineyridge
Jul. 12, 2012, 01:57 PM
New Zealand's men's jackets (http://news.sportslogos.net/2012/06/30/new-zealand-unveils-2012-olympic-uniforms/gunn/) are straight out of The Prisoner (http://www.crimetime.co.uk/features/prisoner.html). It's enough to make you start yelling 'I am not a number. I am a free man!'

Designed, apparently by the new number two.

They all look like Mennonites to me.

JER
Jul. 12, 2012, 03:43 PM
The photo does not show it but the Australians will be wearing a dark version of their green.

Oh. I thought the idea was to make it look like an Australian had finally won the Masters.

('Green jacket remains great barrier for Aussies (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-04-03/sports/ct-spt-0403-masters-bits--20120403_1_scott-and-jason-day-aussies-green-jacket)')

skydy
Jul. 12, 2012, 04:11 PM
Screams "Flight Attendants!" or "This is your Captain speaking", to me..

Foxtrot's
Jul. 12, 2012, 06:06 PM
I agree with Glimmer - made offshore takes away from the rah rah patriotism the OG inspires. Roots in Canada did it right.

I guess I'm with the small minority here - the uniforms will look fantastic in their setting at the ceremonies, with the hoopla and teams marching in, all different, with the music and emotion of these young people living their dreams and the culmination of all their work and ups and downs.

skydy
Jul. 12, 2012, 07:08 PM
I'm sure they'll look fine at the actual event. :)

Equibrit
Jul. 12, 2012, 07:39 PM
Meh - just burn 'em. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/congress/burn-em-democratic-leaders-outraged-us-olympic-uniforms-are-made-in-china/2012/07/12/gJQAhsymfW_story.html

Foxtrot's
Jul. 12, 2012, 07:58 PM
Trading is a popular past-time!

skydy
Jul. 13, 2012, 12:52 AM
Oh no!! I've just seen the "Olympic mascots" for 2012.

Oh, my eyes! my eyes! (or, in the case of the mascots, my eye..) :eek:

why? why? why?

Is it only me? Why is there always a surreal creepiness about the "mascot"? I just don't get it..

I am now confirmed in my belief ( I have suspected this for many years now) that the mascot for the Olympic games is designed by the firm that designs the emergency preparedness cards for the airlines..
(please refer to the card in the seat pocket in front of you to locate the nearest emergency exits ).

FitToBeTied
Jul. 13, 2012, 05:49 AM
I wonder what would happen if athletes refused to wear the opening ceremonies uniform?

Eventer55
Jul. 13, 2012, 06:25 AM
I wonder what would happen if athletes refused to wear the opening ceremonies uniform?


First of all, I didn't know this thread would take on a life of it's own:eek: Secondly, my husband came home last night to tell me the uniforms are made in China!!!! Ugh is all I can say and my first reaction was "I would refuse to wear it!" As an eventer and an American I want, no demand we not sell out as a Nation. :no:

GreyStreet
Jul. 13, 2012, 06:33 AM
Why should we expect any differently just because it's the Olympics? The majority of our clothing is imported. I do agree it's highly ironic for our Olympic athletes to be marching into opening ceremonies proudly attired in outfits made in China - but until our clothing industry stops outsourcing production to cheaper factories overseas, well...

FRM
Jul. 13, 2012, 07:23 AM
Congress is now grandstanding their "outrage" that the uniforms were made in China. Oh please. When was the last time they wore something made in America. When was the last time any of us wore clothes made in America? Where can you even find clothes made in America?

tuttifruitti
Jul. 13, 2012, 08:37 AM
USA made(completely) at diamondgolfshirts.com. Great for riding, too!

JP60
Jul. 13, 2012, 08:49 AM
Congress is now grandstanding their "outrage" that the uniforms were made in China. Oh please. When was the last time they wore something made in America. When was the last time any of us wore clothes made in America? Where can you even find clothes made in America?
We can start here (http://www.americansworking.com/clothing.html), move on to here (http://www.allamericanclothing.com/), and finish with stuff for women (http://madeinusaforever.com/womensclothing.html) and even for men (http://madeinusaforever.com/mensclothing.html). There were more, but while the textile industry is gutted, there are manufacturers in the USA that could have been hired to make these outfits.

This should have been a no brainer. We're not talking about clothing an entire population, just a few hundred people. Imagine the pride some US worker would have knowing that their work was on display to the world. Imagine that even though the outfits look...different...folks watching would be glad that our athletes are wearing "Made in the USA" (even if their training may not always be;)).

I feel this actually is a big deal. It shows just how far over the Olympics and OC have gone towards turning it into a business, not an event. had I not known maybe it would not have mattered, but whether now or after, it is a slap in our face. There is no question we shop in a global community and as regular consumers we'll buy first for what we need, then what we can afford. I try to buy local on outward till it may read "Made in China", but when it comes to something that represents our country....shame on the OC and shame on them for supporting RL. There are many other American designers that would not have made that big a mistake.

I would rather see our athletes enter the stadium wearing their own clothes as protest (which may ironically be not made in the USA) then those "uniforms". Even better, us Americans donate clothing that *is* made here and let them wear what they want....That would be American.

(A question was asked on the news this morning, could new outfits be even made in the US in time? I would have thought the answer a simple yes, but even this designer did not have faith that an American factory or people could do the job in time...that is just sad).

tangledweb
Jul. 13, 2012, 10:17 AM
Australia (http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Photos+Best+designed+Olympic+uniforms/6912857/story.html?cid=hot_photo) is sad. I mean, seriously, someone 'designed' this look?

Australia's is always tragic. In their defense making something attractive green and gold is a tough call, so I would not hold your breath waiting for the break out year.

With America's red/white/blue scheme the ugly is entirely self inflicted.

I love the Love Boat and Sea Org comparison. That's the funniest thing I've read today.

lmlacross
Jul. 13, 2012, 11:05 AM
. . . feel this actually is a big deal. It shows just how far over the Olympics and OC have gone towards turning it into a business, not an event. had I not known maybe it would not have mattered, but whether now or after, it is a slap in our face. There is no question we shop in a global community and as regular consumers we'll buy first for what we need, then what we can afford. I try to buy local on outward till it may read "Made in China", but when it comes to something that represents our country....shame on the OC and shame on them for supporting RL. There are many other American designers that would not have made that big a mistake. . .

I would rather see our athletes enter the stadium wearing their own clothes as protest (which may ironically be not made in the USA) then those "uniforms". Even better, us Americans donate clothing that *is* made here and let them wear what they want....That would be American.



It's not claim that the outfits could/should have been manufactured here that I take issue with (this certainly could have been written into the USOC's contract with RL, and would have been nice), it's the hypocrisy and grandstanding of our congresspeople by which I am nauseated. Good of them to become so furious on so late a date as to prevent anything from actually being done. Certainly, this could have been anticipated. How many Olympic teams have been clothed before? And in garb manufactured where?

If congress is so vehemently opposed to clothing items from China being worn by those who represent our country, then perhaps we should examine their closets to see how many American-made items they contain. Certainly there are fewer congresspeople than olympians, and they also represent our country. The outraged congresspeople also purchase their wardrobes with taxpayer dollars-- the USOC did not.

vineyridge
Jul. 13, 2012, 11:47 AM
Or the US government could consider helping with funding. :)

Robby Johnson
Jul. 13, 2012, 12:03 PM
We can start here (http://www.americansworking.com/clothing.html), move on to here (http://www.allamericanclothing.com/), and finish with stuff for women (http://madeinusaforever.com/womensclothing.html) and even for men (http://madeinusaforever.com/mensclothing.html). There were more, but while the textile industry is gutted, there are manufacturers in the USA that could have been hired to make these outfits.

This should have been a no brainer. We're not talking about clothing an entire population, just a few hundred people. Imagine the pride some US worker would have knowing that their work was on display to the world. Imagine that even though the outfits look...different...folks watching would be glad that our athletes are wearing "Made in the USA" (even if their training may not always be;)).

I feel this actually is a big deal. It shows just how far over the Olympics and OC have gone towards turning it into a business, not an event. had I not known maybe it would not have mattered, but whether now or after, it is a slap in our face. There is no question we shop in a global community and as regular consumers we'll buy first for what we need, then what we can afford. I try to buy local on outward till it may read "Made in China", but when it comes to something that represents our country....shame on the OC and shame on them for supporting RL. There are many other American designers that would not have made that big a mistake.

I would rather see our athletes enter the stadium wearing their own clothes as protest (which may ironically be not made in the USA) then those "uniforms". Even better, us Americans donate clothing that *is* made here and let them wear what they want....That would be American.

(A question was asked on the news this morning, could new outfits be even made in the US in time? I would have thought the answer a simple yes, but even this designer did not have faith that an American factory or people could do the job in time...that is just sad).

I think their only option would've been American Apparel.

fooler
Jul. 13, 2012, 12:25 PM
American clothing manufacturing started moving offshore decades ago. Reasons for include union demands, EPA, and most importantly (IMHO) the fact that the US consumer demanded low-cost clothing.
In short how can a retailer and manufacturer make a profit AND pay a living wage when the average consumer refuses to pay more than $20 - $30 for a shirt?
I know I am part of the problem.:eek:

No doubt we will discover prior RL designed Olympic wardrobes were made in China, Mexico and even Vietnam. It is just the political climate has changed and we as a country are not happy being beholden to China - finally.

As to RL's wardrobe - it is classic RL and doesn't appear much different from any other year he designed.

Flying Ponies
Jul. 13, 2012, 12:42 PM
oh lordy, they would have been better off using the DWTS costume dept, :) might have ended up a smidge gaudy, but would have been Hand Made in the USA , lol...

Glimmerglass
Jul. 13, 2012, 01:00 PM
As to RL's wardrobe - it is classic RL and doesn't appear much different from any other year he designed.

Make that ripped off classic Brook's Brothers (http://www.brooksbrothers.com/madeinamerica/madeinamerica.tem) for whom employed Ralph back in the day ;)

fooler
Jul. 13, 2012, 01:16 PM
Make that ripped off classic Brook's Brothers (http://www.brooksbrothers.com/madeinamerica/madeinamerica.tem) for whom employed Ralph back in the day ;)

ah but the RL instead of the golden fleece makes it his. . . all his :lol::lol::lol::lol:

JER
Jul. 13, 2012, 05:31 PM
I think their only option would've been American Apparel.

This is an interesting topic.

Carhartt has a Made-in-USA line. I think Dickes does, too.

My friends have been touring garment factories in downtown LA recently, including American Apparel's. Their favorite brand is Alternative Apparel (www.alternativeapparel.com), which manufactures some items in the US but has this to say on their FAQ (http://www.alternativeapparel.com/store/Customer-Service/FAQ.htm):



Q:Why aren't more of your products made in the United States?

A: About 25% of our goods are made in the U.S., which is a high percentage compared to industry standards in our product categories. Ideally, this percentage would be higher; however, garment production in the States is not competitive for all product categories or volume levels. Additionally, many of the factories we've come across in our search for vendors in the United States have working conditions below that of the factories outside of the U.S.

mbarrett
Jul. 13, 2012, 06:20 PM
How many of US Equestrian team riders will be wearing "Made in the USA" coats, breeches and boots?

Not many, I bet.

I remember an article that quoted Karen O'Connor bragging about her new pinque coat she had made in Hong Kong during the last Olympics. The price was right and the tailors were great. I wonder if she will be wearing this particular coat, made in China, during the London Olympics?...

The whole clothing dustup is a non-issue for me.

Simkie
Jul. 13, 2012, 06:28 PM
Make that ripped off classic Brook's Brothers (http://www.brooksbrothers.com/madeinamerica/madeinamerica.tem) for whom employed Ralph back in the day ;)

And, to bring this full circle, Brooks Brothers has a prominent MADE IN AMERICA on their website right now. Seems like it would have been simple enough to get them to produce the Olympic stuff!

Glimmerglass
Jul. 13, 2012, 07:44 PM
To those who doubt there are still American clothing makers - save for the uber sleazy American Apparel (founded and control by a Canadian) which will ony hire attractive people there is this ..... Rochester, NY based Hickey Freeman offers to make Made-in-USA Olympic attire (http://rochester.ynn.com/content/top_stories/591416/rochester-s-hickey-freeman-standing-by--ready-to-outfit-u-s--olympic-team/)


"It would be something that we would be very proud to participate in. An American manufacturer that's been around for over a hundred years to be able to support our Olympians would just be something that would be great for the morale of our team as well as the morale for the Rochester community," Williams said.

Williams says there are more than 400 qualified tailors at the Rochester facility on North Clinton Avenue, and an additional 600 at HMX's Chicago plant that can produce more than 1,500 clothing items per week.

People in Rochester say it would be a shot in the arm for this community for Hickey Freeman to get that Olympic contract.

Foxtrot's
Jul. 13, 2012, 07:56 PM
NOW is the time to start lobbying for the Pan Ams and next Olympics - not two weeks before. Good luck to them. Would be great for America and them in particular.

Foxtrot's
Jul. 13, 2012, 09:22 PM
So the flap about the US uniforms hit our evening news tonight re being made in
China. And then they still couldn't get it right when they had the uniforms made in Canada a few years ago. Canada's uniforms are 85% made in Canada.

KateDB
Jul. 19, 2012, 05:24 PM
Boyd's enthusiasm never ceases to amaze me....no wonder he's voted in the top 100 sexiest Olympians!
Phillip, however, looks in pain and who can blame him in those silly white hats. I think they might be worse than the berets!!!

http://eventingnation.com/home/photos-team-usas-olympic-uniforms-and-will-coleman-getting-dressed.html

trubandloki
Jul. 20, 2012, 08:42 AM
Is it impossible to make a pair of white pants that do not look transparent? Geez. Do we really need to see every detail of the pocket that is inside the pants?

KateDB, that is a fun link. Thank you for posting it.

monstrpony
Jul. 20, 2012, 09:05 AM
Boyd could make a potato sack look good, all he has to do is smile. Geez. Phillip, on the other hand, had better keep his day job ;) --I don't think men's clothing model would be a good career choice ...