THE OPENING CEREMONY
The opening ceremony (also known as the catwalk of athletes) is where the fashion marathon takes place. Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, and Giorgio Armani have outfitted the American, British, and Italian teams respectively in the past. This year, Lacoste will dress the French team. However, it appears its designer and artistic director, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, offered a number of contemporary options in the brand’s Spring 2016 collection that could be more suited to the American and South African teams. Meanwhile, we wouldn’t mind seeing the British athletes make a stylish march around the stadium in this Union Jack number by Gucci.
Lacoste Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear and Gucci Resort 2017 Ready-to-Wear
THE WARM UP
When a basic tracksuit won’t suffice, Tommy Hilfiger and Chloé can offer athleisure pieces that are both fashion forward and race ready.
Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
Yes, padded attire is required for the sport of swordplay. However, that wasn’t the case for Moncler Gamme Rouge’s Spring 2016 collection.
Moncler Gamme Rouge Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
Hailing from the sun soaked beaches of California, beach volleyball is a sport that deserves more than a simple sports bra and bikini bottom. The official uniform is beach attire and we have our eyes on this tropical print, zip-front wet suit signed Dsqaured2.
Dsqaured2 Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
Let’s put the bedazzle gun in its holster and dress our gymnasts in minimal bodysuits courtesy of Courrèges. A subtle splash of sparkle by way of a metallic jacket is still gold medal worthy.
Courrèges Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
Leave it to tennis superstar sisters Serena and Venus Williams to break the mold on tennis attire with their head-turning, vibrant, and unconventional court ensembles. We can’t help but think this shamrock green Giulietta silhouette would complement their killer backhands.
Giulietta Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
Are you ready for Rio? The 2016 edition of the summer Olympic Games is inching closer. Set to kick off on August 5th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the highly anticipated sporting event will attract the world’s top athletes—including those from Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.
While athletes have always been assigned a strict dress code (to ensure their clothing doesn’t hinder their performances), iconic winners from years gone by still made historic fashion statements while on the field. Cue American figure skater Nancy Kerrigan’s outfit signed Vera Wang at the 1994 winter Olympics; American sprinter Michael Duane Johnson’s golden Nike running shoes at the 1996 summer Olympics; and American swimmer Ryan Lochte’s diamond grill at the 2012 Games in London. With this in mind, and before the torch is lit, we explore the winning styles that would take the gold at the summer Olympic Games (if fashion was a sport, that is).
Homepage image: Photographed by Mario Testino, Vogue, August 2016