Fashion leaps: Gone are the track suits for our image! USA goes preppy with the country club navy blazer and white slacks look. Ties on the guys, scarves for the gals. Athletes will sport revolutionary sports gear this year. Meanwhile, summer black, not white, hit the streets for women just walking around.
I missed the opening ceremonies with an 8.08.08 wedding, so I caught NYTimes Eric Wilson's fashion critique of the uniforms worn by each country in the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics. Ralph Lauren's crisp navy blazers for the USA Olympic Opening Parade Uniforms feature the big oversized pony logo -- visible from far away, which was the intent when he started doing sports uniforms for the U.S. Open in 2005 and wanted the logo to be seen by the tv. The Big Pony Logo? I caught it when we first moved to Manhattan. You'll see the preppy look again during the closing ceremony. Lauren expects to sell out the Opening Ceremony blazers in the retail stores. For more fashion critique, I went to a preppy fashion site for better views of the sharp, crisp, elite-looking uniforms.
Nike sports uniforms for the US Olympic Track and Field Team, left, will be as revolutionary as the new Speedo swimsuits and more records will be made (update: 24 of the 25 swimming gold medalists wore Speedos and Michael Phelps, the Most Decorated Olympian in History, is the product's spokesman and is part of the promotion for the full-bodied swim suit roll-out to the public in late August, according to AdAge. How's that for endorsements and marketing?). Nike's new Flywire track shoes, below right, for the US track and field team have very different looking track spikes and a lightweight construction. Does the technology push limits of human capabilities and make this a doped-up performance aid akin to drugs?
Black is back and women are wearing work out tights for everyday wear. Legs look good in them and besides, they are comfortable. But in the heat of summer? Wrinkle-free sporty looks are comfortable and practical.
Bill Cunningham captures the black "overnight explosion" of women wearing black in NYC the first week of August. Well, hey. Black is so basic and easy that it is a fashion essential. I wear it like a uniform. "Looks like everyone was bored by summer clothes... and they changed to black." Black leggings with black tops, big black handbags...