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Ralph Lauren Olympic Uniforms Unveiled, Adventures in Argyle

We are more than ready for a day’s dose of Friday Fun, we thought we would start with the Team USA Olympic uniforms unveiled this week.

Ralph Lauren Courtesy Photos

We have already seen what Olympic and Paralympic team members will wear in the Olympic Village, but these are for the dressier closing ceremonies, not quite as formal as the Opening Ceremonies, but a notch above the Village uniforms. Here is how the Ralph Lauren designs are described at BlackBook:
…the American fashion designer opted for crisp monochromatic white in breezy silhouettes that would work just as well in the Hamptons.

For women, the look features a white button-down with both the team and classic RL Big Pony logos on the chest, paired with a flowing midi skirt cinched with a striped belt. Men will wear a cotton shirt emblazoned with the aforementioned logos, along with white pleated slacks fastened by a striped silk belt. Dapper.

Dapper is a good descriptor.

Jeff Zelevansky for USOC via Inside the Biz

Above you see more of the Ralph Lauren styles on Team USA athletes, the group was on the Today show yesterday as part of the Road to London celebration, the closing ceremony uniforms can be seen on the far right.

Below, a better look at the just-unveiled styles. The term “Gatsbyesque” also comes to mind.

Peter Kramer/NBC Today Show via Selectism

Here is how Vanity Fair described the look:

Wonderful news for sports fans, sartorial enthusiasts, and those elegant and careful enough for white clothing: Ralph Lauren, official outfitter of the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic team attire, unveiled sketches of this summer’s closing ceremony ensembles for the London Games.

They’re comprised of “luxe white cotton sport shirts” and a skirt/pleated white trousers, each held up with a necktie-silk “sporty repp-stripe” belt in red, white, and blue, and paired with matching scarf (unseen) tied at the neck, according to the fashion house.

As a refresher, here is what athletes, coaches and other Team members will wear in the Olympic Village.

Polo Ralph Lauren Courtesy Images

Some may remember the 2008 uniforms for both the opening and closing ceremonies, we showcased them in this post.

Via Guest of a Guest

Coincidentally (cough-cough), Ralph Lauren launched its direct-to-consumer marketing of the Olympic merchandise yesterday  As much as yours truly engages in whineathons of epic proportions on the topic of Mr. Lauren’s logo occasionally chides the company, we must admit some of the styles are wonderful. In particular, this one is sure to peak the Cute-o-Meter in the red zone.

Polo Ralph Lauren Infant Tank Dress

That is the Olympic Tank Dress for Infants, and it couldn’t be any more darling. How precious is that hat? (Sadly, it does not come with the dress.)

There are official Team USA items in almost every merchandise category, we will take a more in-depth look at the offerings at some point in the future. We’ll leave the topic for now with the Polo Ralph Lauren limited edition pins.

Polo Ralph Lauren

All three pin styles are available now, they are $10. There is a nifty 1-minute video on the Polo Ralph Lauren site as well, if feeling a little blasé about the upcoming events, this will get your blood moving.

Polo Ralph Lauren Website

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We share another sports-themed tidbit, this one involving golf apparel.

Loudmouth Golf

If guessing Loudmouth Golf, you are correct. We hadn’t shared any of their looks lately (speaking of Olympics, remember these Loudmouth pants on the Norwegian men?!), and thought these would definitely qualify as an Adventure in Argyle.

Some may remember the brand hurtling into the limelight when worn by golfer John Daly, the line has certainly expanded since Mr. Daly was first spotted in the company’s blinding vivid apparel.

Loudmouth Golf

Below we see Mr. Daly and other Loudmouth fans in Augusta at the Masters just a few weeks ago. (To see an amazing story about seven Swiss golfers who love Loudmouth *and* the Masters, click here to visit the Augusta Chronicle’s story on the Flying Swiss Golfers’ Club.)

Via Loudmouth Golf Facebook Page

In fact, Loudmouth actually has an Olympic presence, below we see Team USA athlete Steven “SteveO” VanderWerp at yesterday’s Road to London event, he is in a Loudmouth hoodie.

Loudmouth Golf Facebook Page

It has been such a long time since we visited the Loudmouth site, we didn’t realize they were now making Kids’ clothing for the course.

Loudmouth Golf

There are Boys and Girls choices for those interested in a… well, let’s just say those interested in making a vibrant style statement.

Loudmouth Golf

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Finally today, we leave you with something near and dear to our iceberg of a heart.

The Prepatorium

That is Silly Tilly on the left and Tiny Tilly (there’s a word we’ve never used in relationship to Tilly before) on the right, an amazing gift from a dear friend.  The remarkable likeness was created by gifted artisan and sculptor David Lynn of Nova Blue Studio Arts, LLC (or here on Facebook).

Nova Blue Studio Arts, LLC

Mr. Lynn outdid himself on the details, they are perfect, right down to Tilly’s pink and green harness. (He worked from photos our friend provided him.)

Tilly’s Mini Me

While this has nary a link to anything preppish, it does put a smile on our face, we thought it fit under the Friday Fun umbrella. (And we thought it might make you smile too.)

Have a splendid weekend!

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Opening Ceremonies & Most Popular Polo Ralph Lauren Item?

Hello-Hello!

Matt Dunham/AP

Welcome to a special Saturday edition of the Princess blog.

It was night filled with spectacular lighting and breathtaking visuals.  We gasped when the snowboarder exploded from the Olympic rings.

Cris Bouroncle/AFP/Getty

And adored the bear.

Jerry Lampen/Reuters

It was also a night marked by sadness.

AP

The Georgian delegation had eight athletes competing in the games as of Friday morning.

Leon Neal

The group was only seven strong last night, and a world away a family mourns.

The sense of loss was clearly shared.

Tony Gentile/AP

And marked in several ways at the Opening Ceremony.

Mike Blake/Reuters

Perhaps the parade of nations was not as exuberant as in previous years, but the evening still held excitement and joy for many.

Some nations send large delegations, like Britain.

Amy Sancetta/AP

And Russia…

Charlie Riedel/AP

While others are not so big, like South Africa.

Amy Sancetta/AP South Africa

And Pakistan.

Mark Baker/AP

The oldest athlete led Mexico’s delegation, 51-year-old Hubertus Von Hohenlohe.

Mark Baker/AP

Bermuda’s shorts surprised…

And we loved the pants worn by the Czech Republic.

Cameron Spencer/Getty

A crowd favorite: Jamaica’s Errol Kerr.

Charlie Riedel/AP

The American delegation was welcomed warmly by our Canadian neighbors.

David Gray/Reuters

Team USA was led by Mark Grimmette.

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Mr. Grimmette is participating in his fifth Olympics, a jaw-dropping accomplishment.

The NY Times was live-blogging the event; here is a snippet from Inside the Rings, a NY Times Olympic blog:

“A huge roar from the crowd came as the United States delegation walked in, looking dapper in red jackets and white pants from Ralph Lauren. Mark Grimmette, a luge athlete, is waving the American flag as he leads the group. — Juliet Macur”

David J. Phillip/AP

“But this year, the march was a little more decorous, if still joyful — although a few still snapped some souvenir shots…. American officials have worked in recent years to instill in the athletes a sense of dignity of the moment. — Katie Thomas”

Snowboarder Shaun White reveled in the moment.

Sandra Behne/Bongarts/Getty

As did fellow snowboarder Kelly Clarkson.

John Gichigi/AP

The Polo Ralph Lauren uniforms looked good.

Jamie Squire/Getty

Right down to the boots.

Chris O'Meara/AP

For those interested in the Team USA opening ceremony uniforms, a reminder that most of the components are available for purchase at the Polo Ralph Lauren site, in Women’s, Men’s, Girl’s and Boy’s sizing.

Fair warning: it appears one of the most popular items may be sold out.

Polo Ralph Lauren

The Fair Isle Knit Hat is no longer on the PRL website but everything else seems to be available. If interested in purchasing what our athletes will wear in the closing ceremonies, sooner might be better than later. Below, the Shawl Collar Cardigan.

Polo Ralph Lauren

For more on the uniforms, click here to see our post detailing the designs.  The PRL site is loaded with other Olympic content, including athlete profiles.

As tradition dictates, the last team into the stadium is the Host nation.

David Gray/Reuters

The Canadian team was a sea of red, greeted with an enormous ovation.  Their uniforms are created by the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Courtesy Hudson's Bay Company

Waiting to enter the arena.

John Gichigi/Pool/Reuters

Growing up across the river from Canada afforded us the luxury of visiting regularly; multiple excursions later in life to Toronto, Montreal and other parts of the country have sown a deep respect and affection for our neighbors to the north.

David J. Phillip/AP

Last night only enhanced these perceptions.

Seeing #99 with the torch was splendid.

And that little mechanical crisis hiccup detracted not at all from the evening.

Jae C. Hong/AP

From beginning to end…

David Gray/AP

It was a night to remember.

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*SPOILER ALERT* Closing Ceremonies Photos, Team USA’s Polo Ralph Lauren Uniforms

Bill Frakes/Sports Illustrated
Photo: Bill Frakes/Sports Illustrated

SPOILER ALERT

***Today’s post features photos and editorial copy of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Closing Ceremonies***

SPOILER ALERT

Phil Noble/Reuters

Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters

EPA/Nick Bothma
Photo: EPA/Nick Bothma

AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan

AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan

Hello-Hello! We hope everyone is enjoying themselves this day, where here in the Great Midwest the beastly humidity has left us after providing a welcome downpour for the gardens and grounds. With the Olympic Closing Ceremonies over and done (not counting tonight’s taped broadcast on NBC) we thought it might be a good time to do a few updates.

But first, a few more of the spectacular images from the Closing Ceremonies of the Beijing Summer Games.

Aren’t they just fabulous? The photos actually make us want to watch even more than originally planned this evening. There may be no spontaneity in these ceremonies as produced by the Chinese, but we have also previously noted they do pageantry on a grand scale, resulting in remarkable spectaculars that leave one breathless.

It seems Team USA’s Official Polo Ralph Lauren Closing Ceremony Parade uniforms worked out just fine, a great look for the athletes and officials. We share a few photos of them below.

A Tielemans/Sports Illustrated

Photo: A Tielemans/Sports Illustrated

Photo: A Tielemans/Sports Illustrated

Of course if you are looking for your own piece of the Olympic Polo pony, here are a few of the items waiting for you at the Polo Ralph Lauren website, starting with the Men’s Closing Ceremony Sneaker, described by the company as “classic canvas sneakers in white with red and blue lateral stripes.”

PRL Men's Closing Ceremony Sneaker

PRL Men's Closing Ceremony Sneaker

As the company wrote in their news release about the uniforms:

“Reflecting Ralph Lauren’s trademark sporty sophistication and refined sensibility, the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Closing Ceremony outfits feature timeless Polo knits tipped in bright red and royal blue piping and chino Bermudas in crisp white, all adorned with the iconic Polo pony and the 2008 U.S. Look of the Team logo.”

Now if you are looking for one of the shirts, here is a sample, the Ladies’ Olympic Closing Ceremony Polo.

Perhaps you prefer a look at the entire Ladies Olympic Games Collection, with a little time to peruse things at your own pace. Of course, there are identical items for your future Olympians, like a pair of the Olympic Games Shorts for Sizes 2T to Boys 7.

With the seasons changing, snuggly clothing can suddenly become appealing, like the Olympic Games Fleece Hoodie in Girls Sizes S-XL.

Overall a very nice presentation for Team USA by the Polo Ralph Lauren folks, classic and elegant with a timeless ease that is tough to replicate. The Princess thinks it was a smash hit almost across the board, with the exception of the Logo from H***, but we’ll actually behave ourselves this evening and leave it at that. (We know, you are stunned and amazed…it’s fun being a good Princess once in a while!)

A short paragraph in one of the NYTimes online stories wrapping up the Beijing Summer Games grabbed our attention, enough to make us stop, pause, re-read, pause again and reflect for a moment before going back to the rest of David Barboza’s story .

“India, a country of one billion, won its first gold medal. And Togo, a West African nation of 6 million people, won its very first Olympic medal, a bronze in the kayak.”

That made us think for a few minutes; we like this, especially when it nudges us to perhaps contemplate re-adjusting our perspective on the world just a bit.

We’ll close with a few more photos, including Team USA Basketball and their Gold Medal moment.

Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

AP/Charlie Riedel

AP/Charlie Riedel

Kobe Bryant gets a kiss from his daughter Gianna Maria-Onore as his wife Vanessa watches.

AP/Dusan Vranic

Photo: AP/Dusan Vranic

AP/Eric Gay

Photo: AP/Eric Gay

Rehearsals for the Closing Ceremony…

REUTERS/Donald Chan

Photo: REUTERS/Donald Chan

AP/Oded Balilty

Photo: AP/Oded Balilty

Below we see soccer great David Beckham, singer Leona Lewis and guitarist Jimmy Page (you remember…Led Zeppelin) posing before they take part in the Closing Ceremony for the 2008 Olympic Games.

Clive Rose/Getty Images for London 2012

Yao Ming walks toward the stadium to attend the Closing Ceremony.

REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Photo: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Photo: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

Photo: REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

Al Tielemans/Sports Illustrated

Photo: Al Tielemans/Sports Illustrated

Bill Frakes/Sports Illustrated

Photo: Bill Frakes/Sports Illustrated

Simultaneous to the ceremonies in Beijing, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps greets a crowd of 40,000 at a party in London; people are watching those same closing ceremonies on a massive screen erected outside Buckingham Palace. The party celebrates London’s role as host city for the 2012 Games.

AP/Akira Suemori-Pool

Photo: AP/Akira Suemori-Pool

Below, President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai among the heads of state attending the ceremonies, followed by Sweden’s King Carl Gustaf (R) and Queen Silvia.

REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Photo: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Photo: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

There were any number of images from the Ceremonies….

AP/David Guttenfelder

Photo: AP/David Guttenfelder

Guitarist Jimmy Page, front, soccer star David Beckham, back left, and British pop singer Leona Lew.

AP Photo/Matt Dunham

AP Photo/Matt Dunham

Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

Phil Walter/Getty Images

Phil Walter/Getty Images

Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Julian Finney/Getty

Julian Finney/Getty

REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Al Tielemans/SI

Al Tielemans/SI

Team Canada’s group is in a celebratory mood in their ahhhh…vivid uniforms.

Shaun Botterill/Getty

Below, Belgian athletes with some of the performers and volunteers at the Closing Ceremony.

REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Team Canada is still in a party mood!

AP/Luca Bruno

AP/Luca Bruno

The Polish team is clearly having a good time….

REUTERS/Issei Kato

REUTERS/Issei Kato

AP Photo/Kevin Frayer

AP Photo/Kevin Frayer

Above we see USA’s Andra Manson (holding the flag) and Canada’s Karina LeBlanc. Below Yao appears wistful…

AP/Luca Bruno

AP/Luca Bruno

AP/Luca Bruno

AP/Luca Bruno

AP Photo/Luca Bruno

AP Photo/Luca Bruno

AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty
AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan

AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan

REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

REUTERS/Dylan Martinezpreppy clothing, preppy clothes

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Summer Olympics Fashion Focus, Ralph Lauren Team USA Opening Ceremony Uniforms Reactions, and Who Was “Preppy” Dressed Team?

“SPORT HAS THE POWER TO CHANGE THE WORLD, IT CAN GIVE HOPE WERE THERE ONCE WAS DESPAIR.”

Nelson Mandela

Hello and a Happy Saturday to everyone! We hope your day is splashed with the lush sunshine and gentle winds we’re enjoying, a graceful transition after all the excitement of the Opening Ceremonies yesterday. Did you enjoy watching last evening, or did things reach a point where they went on … and on… and on…? Perhaps it is just us and advancing years wishing things moved a little more quickly. Wait. Isn’t that a trait of the younger generation? Now our feeble minds are completely confused. We’ll just move on. (Or did you do what we did earlier in the day and find a feed online and watch it in real time and then again on ‘regular television’?)

Team USA enters the stadium for the Opening Ceremony, 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics

Team USA enters the stadium for the Opening Ceremony, 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics

In this post we’ll focus primarily on the “fashion” aspects of last night’s Opening Ceremony. Of course we have a few tidbits to share about the Ralph Lauren Olympic Games Parade Uniforms, along with critiques of those Team USA uniforms, and a few others! (Oh dear… here she goes.)

Before we do anything else, let’s start with some wonderful photos of Team USA, looking *very* snappy IOHP in their official Polo Ralph Lauren Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Parade Uniforms. Our thanks to the good folks over at Polo Ralph Lauren for the photos. The first is our favorite, a glimpse inside an extraordinary moment shared by Lebron James and Kobe Bryant as he adjusts Mr. Bryant’s tie before the athletes enter the stadium.

Team USA Kobe Bryant and Lebron James
Team USA Kobe Bryant and Lebron James

Don’t try telling the Princess that the athletes weren’t excited by the evening’s events; some were clearly overwhelmed to the point of tears. And who wouldn’t be? Many have worked their entire lives simply for the opportunity to put on the uniforms we have chattered on about endlessly of late, and walk into the stadium in Beijing (to what turned out to be thunderous cheers from the 91,000 assembled there!).

As indicated in yesterday’s column, The Princess thought our delegation looked very good, and we’re thrilled to see an upgrade from the much-too-casual attire of the last Olympics, with everyone in shorts and the like. It’s just not done.

The blazers over the cream trousers were outstanding, although it appeared a few of the women had their scarves improperly tied or misplaced; the beastly heat may have contributed to this, for if one felt warm and sticky about the neck the scarves were no doubt pushed around a bit. Overall this was a far more appropriate look, with an understated elegance that sent a subtle message of quiet confidence and determination. But in all of the commentary from writers, Team USA isn’t the group referred to as “preppy.” Read on to see who was crowned with that appellation. BTW, if you were hoping for one of that select group of 200 Ralph Lauren Olympic Parade Collection Blazers that went on sale immediately online and at a few stores after the Opening Ceremony, sadly, we must disappoint you, as they are all gone. We’re imagining they went rather quickly.

U.S. Team Enters Stadium 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics
U.S. Team Enters Stadium 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics

For those who haven’t heard the tale, former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw helped broker the uniform deal, an agreement that was not put to bed until *very late* in the game for a such a massive job. The uniforms were being sewn (in China) until the last moment, almost every one tailored specifically for each individual athlete.

Alex Badia, DNR Magazine Fashion Director, is happy to see the return to a more polished look, as he told USA Today:

“I know that it’s a sporting event,” but for the opening ceremony — “probably one of the best fashion runways ever” — the teammates should be more dressed up, he says. “Nylon has never been a friend for parades.”

Lopez Lomong leads Team USA in the Olympic Summer Games Opening Ceremony
Lopez Lomong leads Team USA in the Olympic Summer Games Opening Ceremony
Team USA at Opening Ceremony 2008 Beijing Olympics

Team USA at Opening Ceremony 2008 Beijing Olympics

We are privy to at least one athlete’s thoughts on the uniforms thanks to USAToday, in this story from journalist Olivia Barker.

First-time Olympian Andrew Campbell, 24, a sailor from San Diego, is “thankful” Lauren and the USOC decided to hark back to “a really clean-cut, classic American look” devoid of any “silly cowboy hats or berets.” Having spent his private high school days in ties and slacks, Campbell is accustomed to such polish. “With that USA team patch on your chest with those white rings underneath, it’s a pretty powerful symbol,” he says, referring to the blazer.

Below, more photos, including Jason Kidd and the Men’s Basketball Team.

Team USA's Jason Kidd Opening Ceremony
USA Basketball Team
Team USA Men’s Basketball Team

TP is surprise by some of the negative comments on the Lauren-designed uniforms. In a multimedia fashion commentary the NY Times Eric Wilson criticizes the uniforms, saying they “…looked rather poorly made.” (Click here for Times Olympic Coverage, scroll down for multimedia presentations on lower left to locate Wilson presentation.)

Additionally, Booth Moore, Fashion Critic for the Los Angeles Times has this to say:

“Ralph Lauren was a good choice for the American team, though the Polo ponies embroidered on the lapels of the athletes’ blue blazers were almost as large as the Olympic rings (Lauren has never been known for his subtlety).”

Ralph Lauren Olympic Parade Uniform Blazer

Ralph Lauren Olympic Parade Uniform Blazer

Lopez Family Opening Ceremony Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Lopez Family Opening Ceremony Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

“White pants are among the most difficult things in all of fashiondom to pull off, and true to form, these didn’t flatter. A few pleats would have helped. The white newsboy caps were a nice touch, broadcasting a can-do spirit, especially on basketball player Kobe Bryant, who cocked his to the side.”

Now, we’ll move on to France with some input from Mr. Wilson at the NY Times, who thought that France “…pulled off the formal style very well…” although he didn’t mention the jacket’s fabric, a blue and white seersucker, or perhaps he did. At any rate, anyone in seersucker receives automatic bonus points from The Princess. (But there didn’t seem to be any madras last night, did there? Maybe you should scoot over to The Preppy Princess for a madras fix and grab some of the “Make Mine Madras” placemats!)

Back to Booth (feeling like a ping-pong ball yet? No? Then we’re not doing our job!) at the LA paper, who concurs strongly with Mr. Wilson:

“The French never disappoint. The men’s dove gray jackets were the most sublimely tailored of any team’s. And it was clear the women were representing the capital of fashion with the spring season’s all-important wide belts cinched around their jackets.”

France Opening Ceremony
France Opening Ceremony
French Olympic Uniforms Revealed
French Olympic Uniforms Revealed
Unknown French Delegate 2008 Opening Ceremony Olympic Games
Unknown French Delegate 2008 Opening Ceremony Olympic Games

In their live coverage during the Opening Ceremonies yesterday morning (well, it was the morning here at the Prepatorium) the NY Times Live Blogging was simply fabulous. They had a few prime comments on the Parade of Nations apparel, which we will attempt to enhance with a photo:

“…the Omani women have won the competition for wearing the most glitter, not to mention high heeled shoes.”

Oman Opening Ceremony 2008 Beijing Olympics

Oman Opening Ceremony 2008 Beijing Olympics

“We now have a leader in the race for worst fashion statement: the Netherlands, hands-down. The Dutch team is wearing gray suits with white piping, white and gray shoes that appear to come from a bowling alley and orange ties. Truly painful.”

The Netherlands Opening Ceremony

The Netherlands Opening Ceremony

The Los Angeles Times is in disagreement with their journalistic comrades to the east: “The Netherlands team looked jaunty, too, in light-colored suits with white piping and cheerful orange neckties.” Hhmmm. Actually, these reminded us of the jackets worn by traders on the floor of the exchange at the CBOT. (Chicago Board of Trade.)

Who does the LA Times really, really love, conferring upon them the ‘preppy’ term as well as the “best dressed” award? (Note: we added the underlining.)

“But the British were the best dressed in an updated preppy look that combined a dark button-down shirt and pants with a white jacket, striped belt and Vans-style slip-on sneakers.”

Great Britain Opening Ceremony 2008 Beijing Games

Great Britain Opening Ceremony 2008 Beijing Games

The Vancouver Sun disagrees:

Best dressed: Now, it could be because Roger Federer was carrying their flag, but my pick is Switzerland. Formal enough, yet still casual — in red capris for the men and red skirts for the women, cream tops and beige jackets — they easily maintained their place amongst the best-dressed nations. They had nice walking sandals and their bags were appropriate for both sexes. Plus, Federer proved he looks as good in short pants as his rival Rafael Nadal.”

Roger Federer Leads Swiss Delegation

Roger Federer Leads Swiss Delegation

TP is simply not in sync with these sentiments. At all. It might start with the ‘capris’ or shorts. Nor does Mr. Booth at the LA newspaper agres:

“Meanwhile, hunky Swiss tennis player Roger Federer was reduced to wearing a cream polo shirt with a graphic that resembled a lower back tattoo.”

That seems a little strong to us. They just seem, well, all over the place and the casual shoes don’t help.

Swiss Delegation Opening Ceremony 2008 Olympic Games

Swiss Delegation Opening Ceremony 2008 Olympic Games

But let’s take things from the Times (the LA version) with a grain of salt, they proved themselves a bit snarky today:

“And carrying China’s flag, Yao Ming, in a red jacket and wide-collared gold shirt, looked as if he should be behind an Avis car-rental counter.”

Yao Ming Chinese Flag Bearer
Yao Ming Chinese Flag Bearer
Chinese Olympic Team Members Opening Ceremonies

Chinese Olympic Team Members Opening Ceremonies

Now, for no other reason than because we promised Heather in response to a comment she left on our previous post, here are two photos of the Irish delegation. Enjoy!

Irish Delegation Opening Ceremony
Irish Delegation Opening Ceremony

Eric Wilson (NYT) awards the Australian delegation his Best Dressed honor “even though they are not formal,” for being “…eye-catching..” among other attributes.

Australia Opening Ceremony 2008 Olympic Games
Australia Opening Ceremony 2008 Olympic Games

Evidently the Aussies’ own countrymen don’t necessarily agree, that’s if you believe an online opinion poll being conducted by the Australian News. As of this writing, the non-scientific poll shows 47% of respondents “Horrified” by the uniforms (on no!), with only only 28% ‘Wowed” and 24% “Indifferent” to the blue ombre creations.

Australia Opening Ceremony 2008 Olympic Games
Australia Opening Ceremony 2008 Olympic Games

But the writing in the newspaper itself isn’t exactly supportive of the look, click here for a background story on the switch from the country’s historically green and gold palette to the blue shades. Here’s a little more:

IT was out with the green and gold and in with the blue for Team Australia last night when it missed a medal in the fashion stakes.

Decked out in blue tracksuit jackets and topped with a white baseball cap, Australia’s prized athletes looked more like prized chumps.

And with that, we’re going to totter off for a bite to eat, perhaps to return later this evening, perhaps not ’til tomorrow. Either way, we hope it is a simply splendid evening!

 

 

 

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More Ralph Lauren Olympic Uniforms, Hilfiger Tests Kids Store in Las Vegas, Luke Russert is in at NBC, Maria Sharapova is Out in Beijing

Hello everyone and Happy-Happy-Happy Friday! We hope everyone is expecting to enjoy some glorious sunshine and outdoors time this weekend; we’re headed to the Big Lake but will attempt to keep posting whilst away. Can anyone believe the Olympics start in just a week? My goodness!

When we first shared the sneak peek photos of the Ralph Lauren designed US Olympic Team uniforms on Tuesday we said we would be back with a little more follow-up and information. We’re not sure how you feel about them, but the reviews in the major fashion media seem to be positive. Words like ‘Preptastic’ and ‘Prepsterism’ were accompanied by phrases like ‘iconic as the polo symbol’ (?) to describe the navy blazers and cream trousers athletes will wear in the formal opening ceremonies. We’ve not seen as much about the white shorts and polo shirt offset by the red, white & blue belt for the much more relaxed closing ceremonies. In case you missed the original post, here’s a shot of the Opening Ceremony look for the team.

Naturally there is reaction other than that from the fashion and ‘preppy’ communities. Reuters (News Service) has been running a story about the factory in China where the uniforms are being made. They have soundbites with the manager discussing the “challenges” of creating roughly 1800 unique and different uniforms with all their nuances and variation; the gentleman is clearly stressed by the demands of the enormous task. Here is a link to the video that we can only pray will work; as you know, The Princess is more than a bit technically challenged.

The man’s stress is completely understandable in our humble opinion if the story-slash-myth is true that the intermediary for the deal was Tom Brokaw and the arrangements weren’t put to bed until December. That is more than a little late in the game (pun intended) for this sort of thing.

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On to the ‘next new thing,’ Tommy Hilfiger’s Kids store in Las Vegas.

Your young ones can ‘belly up’ to this bar and you don’t have to worry about them being served a drink. It’s a “candy bar” at the recently opened Tommy Hilfiger Kids store in Las Vegas. Right now the only Children’s section in a Hilfiger store is in Soho, so this is a new idea complete with a pinball machine, pint-sized furniture and novelties aimed at the younger set.

The retailer is testing this concept, but seems firm about the standalone denim shop and sportswear stores they’ll be opening in Las Vegas; those are concepts they plan to focus their energies on. As the company continues growing, look for a Tommy Hilfiger ‘flagship store’ opening in New York on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Isn’t that an interesting day to open store… probably very smart.

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This may be old news to many of you, but for those who haven’t heard, Luke Russert is joining NBC News. Most of America, if not the world, became familiar with the son of NBC News journalist Tim Russert following the anchor’s death in June.

Russert, 22, a May graduate of Boston College with a degree in history and communications, will cover the youth vote through the national political conventions and the general election, the network said. Russert said he would be an at-large correspondent reporting for many of NBC’s outlets, including “NBC Nightly News,” TODAY, MSNBC and msnbc.com.

Good for him. As Russert points out, he is not without media experience, having done a radio show for more than 2 years. His role as a big fish in a little pond will be changing as he shrinks to something smaller swimming in a much larger and choppier sea. TP wishes him luck.

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Speaking of that network, the NBC Olympics Grand Pooh-bahs are most likely having kittens about now. American gymnast Paul Hamm’s withdrawal is a definite ratings hit, and now there is word that Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova is also out. Both were forced to withdraw because of injuries; it seems likely Ms. Sharapova will be able to play in the US Open either.

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With the start of the Olympic Games so close, here is a great shot of No. 1 ranked Laser Radial sailor Anna Tunnicliffe (left) of Team USA. Find out why so many of the members of the US Olympic Sailing Team have been doing the major diet. Bigtime.

What is TP taking to the beach for reading material?

Well, one going in the tote bag is the newly released Party Favors, described this way:

Temple Sachet’s got style, smarts, and the party planning gene in her blood. Having grown up in New Orleans, surrounded by the pageantry of Mardi Gras, Temple learned a thing or two about how to turn a fantastic party into a money maker. It’s a skill that pays off big when her gala for the Missouri Opera turns into a Ray of Hope internship at the White House. Within weeks, Temple’s caught Potomac Fever—a hopeless, incurable addiction to D.C. for which there is only one cure: a nasty-tasting spoonful of disillusionment….

Party Favors gives a deliciously witty peek into the secretive world of political fundraising in D.C. Written by a former Director of Finance for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the novel explores the very real truth that favor means you owe, winning won’t save you, and, ultimately, you will be betrayed.

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