It was a global fashion face-off when over 200 nations marched in the Parade of Nations last night, during the Opening Ceremony of the London Games. The international fashion show merged culture and style with garb ranging from the tracksuits, bold country colors and berets that we’ve come to expect, in additional to some sartorial surprises.
From the plain and simple to the loud and garish, A Glam Slam broke down the Opening Ceremony’s best-dressed, worst-dressed and everything in between. Check it out:
Republic of San Marino: Italian designer, Salvatore Ferragamo, developed the fashions for the Republic of San Marino. Chic, belted, white sheath dresses for the women and sharp suits for the men landed them among the evening’s best-dressed. The ladies topped off their classic style with crossbody bags and peep toe heels with bows.
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Northwestern unveiled new on-field fashions for the upcoming football season. The Wildcats, who were previously outfitted by Adidas, will be sporting Under Armour uniforms come September. The move marks the company’s first outfitter agreement with a Big Ten institution.
Fans have long been anticipating the team’s new look. Maryland’s now infamous Under Armour uniforms debuted last year, prompting many to prepare for another round of garish gear. Instead Northwestern will be styled in a more simplistic design with some unique aesthetic features, namely the large stripe across the chest and back of the jersey. According to the Northwestern release:
The focal point of the jersey is a prominent stripe, a symbol of the University’s football legacy that recognizes the school as the originator of this design element. Known throughout the football community as the “Northwestern Stripe,” this feature will be … Read More »
To celebrate both of their 50th Anniversaries, the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) has teamed up with the New York Mets to create a special range of limited-edition merchandise. Designers and CFDA members Billy Reid, Yigal Azrouël, Rogan Gregory for Loomstate and Scott Haan and Jeff Halmos for Shipley Halmos developed the new Mets fan fashions.
The Mets x CFDA collection includes a variety of designer baseball threads including jerseys, tanks, track jackets, hoodies and baseball tees. Prices range from $60 to $125. Items from the unique collaboration are available exclusively at Citi Field and on Edition01.com, with net proceeds benefiting the Mets Foundation and the CFDA.
According to The Cut, the collection’s ads also feature a range of New Yorkers who were photographed at their workplaces, dressed in the new gear. Check it out below and for additional photos, … Read More »
In less than a week, sports and fashion will meet on the grand stage. Athletes will proudly march on behalf of their countries to start the London Olympic Games. Before the competition begins, they will go for gold on the fashion front with their national refinery on full display. Top designers like Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Giorgio Armani, Prada and Cedella Marley are among those who have been tapped to create team kits.
The Opening Ceremony’s Parade of Nations is an international sartorial showcase, often full of winning looks and fashion faux pas. Uniforms are meant to express a team’s identity but some designs have already been marred by fashion controversy. By now fans are familiar with Team USA’s Ralph Lauren fashions and the “made in China” debacle that followed. And Team GB supporters were critical of McCartney’s Olympic uniforms and her interpretation of … Read More »
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John Daly is no stranger to outlandish on-course styling. Though today’s golf fashions continue to evolve with bold colorways, unconventional designs and garish accessories, Daly still managed to add some sartorial shock factor to the course at The Open Championship.
The Open has brought out a range of unique trousers across the board, but it was Daly who has stirred up the most fashion buzz. The golfer made a major fashion impression in the early rounds of the tournament, stepping out in patterned pants inspired by the Norwegian Flag and the British flag. Daly is outfitted by LoudMouth Golf, an apparel company known for their vibrant use of color and uniquely wild designs. Daly’s “Norway Flag-A” trousers can be found here and his “Union Jack-A” trousers are available here.
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Venus Williams is known for her controversial on-court fashion choices, always working to raise the style stakes of the game. While Olympic tennis returns to Wimbledon for the upcoming London Games, the all-white dress code has been scrapped. The new rule provides players like Williams an opportunity to add some patriotic flair to their Olympic fashions. In celebration of the London Games, the tennis player is releasing a limited-edition collection of gear inspired by her own 2012 Olympic fashions. The new styles will be part of her EleVen label.
“I hope it will help me channel my favorite superhero and manifest another gold medal,” said Williams.
Venus cited Wonder Woman as her style inspiration which is evident in the red, white, navy and gold color scheme. The special collection includes a dress with a navy bodice, black and white piping and intricate red … Read More »
Natalie Coughlin will make her third Olympic appearance at the upcoming London Games, where she’ll work to add to her total of 11-Olympic medals. Ahead of her efforts, the swimmer has launched a women’s activewear line with O’Neill, the world’s leading surf, snow and youth lifestyle brand. The limited-edition capsule collection, dubbed the “Natalie Coughlin Collection,” was designed exclusively by Coughlin and inspired by her life as an athlete.
“Being a competitive athlete not only requires intensive training year-round, but also traveling and living in easy-to-wear clothing,” says Natalie Coughlin. “My collection for O’Neill 365 is designed for the active woman searching for fashion-forward pieces that are comfortable, sophisticated, functional and able to be worn all day.”
Natalie’s signature line offers a range of styles meant for pre and post-workout activities. The collection is priced from $48 to $90 and is available now on oneill365.com and from … Read More »
Fans are used to seeing athletes in uniform but each year the ESPY Awards provide us with a glimpse into their personal fashion choices. The biggest names in sports trade in their dirt-stained jerseys, beat-up cleats and helmets in favor of bespoke suits, couture dresses, bold accessories and designer bling. Athletes and their stylists put a lot of thought and preparation into outfits worn off-the-field, court and ice and this night is no exception. While some sportsmen kept it simple, others continued to push fashion boundaries which made for an interesting sartorial showcase.
Here’s a breakdown of the fashions from the 2012 ESPY Awards:
The ESPYS “Best Female Tennis Player” was also one of the evening’s best-dressed females. Maria Sharapova looked statuesque in a dusty blue gown from J. Mendel, with daring cut-out details to further accentuate her frame. … Read More »
Michael Vick is the latest sports star to dabble in clothing design. The Philadelphia Eagles QB is launching a sportswear line dubbed “V7.” Other NFL players have had success with their clothing ventures, most recently, Giants’ Victor Cruz and Bears’ Nate Collins. The two developed a line of men’s and women’s apparel under the Young Whales brand.
Vick’s focus will be more athletic-inspired, with a collection of men’s gear that will feature two styles of shorts, both loose-fitting and compression, as well as graphic tees and compression tops. Items will also include taglines such as “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish” and “Vicktory.” According to Philly.com:
Vick designed V7 with the help of celebrity clothing-line mogul Ruby Azrak, best known in the fashion industry for his work with Russell Simmons’ Phat Farm gear. He also collaborated with his longtime business … Read More »