The Fashion Statement: Olympic Looks
Those loud curling pants. Aboriginal costumes. Ice dancing get-ups channeling Elvis. There's a lot of fashion going on at the Olympics.
The Norwegian curlers' red-white-and-blue diamond-printed pants made worldwide headlines for their court jesterness. But c'mon, they called attention to this sleepy sport. Has there ever been so much talking about curling? The pants, meanwhile, have become hot sellers. I contacted loudmouthgolf.com yesterday and they confirmed they are sold out of the now-famous Dixie-A style.
Nothing could outdo the curling pants...or so I thought. Then Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin came skating along. The Russian ice dancers broke out costumes consisting of red loincloths, some rope and white tribal markings. They took these looks out for a spin recently and offended the aboriginal culture in Australia in so doing. Before they slipped into the look again at the Olympics, the duo made nice with Canada's indigenous people. Less has been said about the nutball costumes themselves. They looked like they were stitched at the felt crafts table at junior camp. And what's with the foliage?
Canada's snowboarding uniforms were widely debated over whether or not the pants were too tight. Hey, as long as you can move in them. Skinny pants are the thing these days, after all.
The Olympics has had its share of inspiration, too. Every bit the It accessory of these two weeks are the fuzzy red mittens emblazoned with the Canadian maple leaf. Matt Lauer, Oprah and Joe Biden reportedly have them. The Hudson Bay Company-Canada's Bloomies-didn't produce enough creating a country-wide mitten frenzy and making them collectors' items.
Evan Lysacek took gold in black with snakes encircling his neck, a look that was designed by Vera Wang. If you were to describe the look to someone, it would sound positively hideous but it worked.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir's costume were simple and elegant as they clinched the gold for their final program. Yes, their moves were equally simple and elegant, but it makes you wonder whether fashion hits help you to the gold. I would argue it was the entire package that made the world fall in love with them, at the very least.
Finally, Ralph Lauren's team USA white jeans, chunky belts and navy down jackets were striking and would work on the street (pictured above). And will. You can go on the ralphlauren.com site to snap them up.