Those Wacky Figure Skaters & J. Crew Spring

Hello-Hello and happy snow day. The Consort minions handled clearing a path to the castle, the sun is shining and it is beautiful. We wish it were so everywhere, as we mentioned in a comment over at Vogue on the Range, there is no rational explanation for the snowfall seen in many parts of the country… and are about to see again.

We begin today with a topic we shall visit frequently in the next few weeks.

The Vancouver Olympics kick off on Friday and we must confess to a level of anticipatory excitement here at the Prepatorium.  We have an addition to our many uniform updates (most recent Polo Ralph Lauren post here, USA Hockey & Snowboarding uniforms are here.); this is the oh-so-cool look Under Armour created for our bobsled team.

Courtesy Photo via WWD

That definitely has an über-tech style that we love.

US athletes picked up their official Ralph Lauren uniforms on Tuesday. Below we see the Gold Medalist in Pairs Figure skating, Jeremy Barrett, being outfitted.

Matthew Stockman/Getty

Next, his partner Caydee Denney tries on her uniform.

Matthew Stockman/Getty

While not uniformed on the ice, fur is flying about figure skating costumes, pun intended. After gold medalist Johnny Weir wore this outfit at the US National Championships in January…

PHOTO: AP

… the folks at PETA and other organizations requested/demanded the athlete switch to faux for his Olympic performances.  Mr. Weir initially refused but has since indicated he’ll be in faux fur. (Let’s make a little side agreement to avoid the entire topic of fur on skating apparel, shall we? It will go easier for all of us.) For more on the faux vs. real tempest, click here.

Fashion site Refinery 29 has a fascinating look at “Johnny Weir’s 8 Craziest Fashion Moments” you may find entertaining.

Sundance Photos via Refinery 29

Boring is not a word we use in describing Mr. Weir.

Continuing the focus on mens’ outfits in Vancouver, we look at Vera Wang’s designs for US Silver medalist Evan Lysacek.

Rick Bowmer/AP

As a former skater Ms. Wang knows what works on ice, and what doesn’t; below, one of her sketches for the skater.

Courtesy Image via WWD

Another Wang creation for Mr. Lysacek.

Photo: AP

Full disclosure: TP skated for years, and ‘back in the day’ we never really used the word “costume,” it was always “dress”. However, we have no recall whatsoever on how we referred to the mens’ apparel.

We leave the topic for now, confident there shall be more fodder in the days ahead. Below, the Olympic rings near Medal Plaza.

Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

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Next, a look at spring fashions from J. Crew.

Courtesy J. Crew

Many readers are familiar with the latest catalog, shot in Portugal. Some things we like (the khakis), others (the jeans), not so much.

JCrewaholics included the jeans in their “Questionable Items from J. Crew New Arrivals” post.  Below, more styles from the spring catalog.

And a few more.

We like the Sperry Topsiders above right, but the only ones we see on the site are men’s.

We do like the Gingham Checkered Shirt, as well as the Swing Coat.

Some of the new flats are appealing.

We shall probably pass on the zippered effect, although it looks eminently wearable.

Overall the palette is more muted than we anticipated, and a spot of vivid color would be a welcome addition.

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We close with a few Pretty in Pink items, the first a look at Sarah Jessica Parker’s ad for her new fragrance, SJP NYC.

Courtesy Photo via Nitrolicious

Until next time!

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4 responses to “Those Wacky Figure Skaters & J. Crew Spring

  1. LPC

    Skater Evan looks a tad bit like Don Draper…

  2. I am so excited for Friday night’s opening ceremonies! And then all those wonderful days ahead of us to cheer our teams on to victory!! Love the Olympics!! Weir – no words really 😉 xoox

  3. Amy

    I love the new JCrew line, though I agree that more color would be welcomed!

    Love your posts on the Olympic uniforms, keep ’em coming!

  4. oh my goodness!!! that first picture of the bobsled-er (proper term?)….he looks like a Power Ranger! Now, I know that absolutely no one would ever guess that I have a six year old son.

    Re the official logo for the Olympics…I think it is so *cute* I don’t know if that was the intention…perhaps not now that I think about it, but it sure is adorable. It looks like a feisty little robot.

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