Hello-Hello and welcome to a sunny, shiny new week!
Did everyone watch last night’s Closing Ceremony in Vancouver? We have received a number of inquiries about Team USA’s Polo Ralph Lauren uniforms for the event.
The photo of our Bronze-Medal team from short track skating helps show the look. Below (L) Apolo Ohno and Lindsey Vonn wait backstage before entering the stadium, on the right, Shani Davis.
This image from a previous post on the uniforms better shows the Shawl Collar Cardigan.
That item is now sold out in adult sizes, but if looking to put Muffy or Porter in one of the Closing Ceremony Cardigans, they are still available in Children’s sizes, as are the Opening Ceremony Puffer jackets. .
But if seeking most of the popular styles, including the hats for both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, prepare for disappointment. Still available? Items like the Men’s Tie and Opening Ceremony Knit Sweater.
The uniforms from PRL and Nike have mostly been met with praise by the athletes. Gold Medalist Hannah Kearney wrote about her Olympic experience for MTV:
“The 104 pieces of Team USA clothing and swag that we received from Nike and Ralph Lauren upon our arrival in Vancouver, along with an Olympic ring (which I paid good money to upgrade to white gold and diamonds), make excellent mementos.”
“… is being criticized for putting his oversize Polo logo on the chests of the US Olympic athletes instead of the stars and stripes.
Some of the 165,000 members of the patriotic Daughters of the American Revolution — who control some of the most exclusive country clubs in the nation — have even talked about organizing a ban on Polo merchandise in the pro shops in those clubs.”
This turns out to have been (essentially) a tempest in a teapot; a DAR spokesperson says there is no such boycott. In this story Team USA receives high marks for the uniforms:
“The iconic American designer succeeded in creating an uber-preppy look during the opening ceremony…He went more “casual” than those of the Beijing games, if one’s definition of casual is the East-coast old money look.”
An interesting side note: many of the Polo Ralph Lauren uniform pieces were made in Vancouver. This Seattle Times story has more on that angle.
We thought Team Canada looked outstanding.
All weekend we have been readings friends’ Tweets and blogs and Facebook mentions about spring fever; we appreciate knowing we are not alone in our strong desire for warmer climes. (TPP is here on FB and here on Twitter.)
Nor do we harbor any intention of calming the fever, rather we hope to inflame it via some springy styles.
While the dress wouldn’t do a thing for us, the pants are darling. Below left, the Roscoe Jacket and on the right, the new Slip On Sneaker, with a touch of nautical style.
We are waffling on it for reasons we can’t quite figure out…hhhm.
We close with this Pretty in Pink & Green shower curtain, discovered over at the Pink & Green Scene.
With that sunny image we say goodbye until next time!
Shani Davis: REUTERS/Jerry Lampen
Apolo Anton Ohno & Lindsey Vonn: AP Photo/David J. Phillip