Colorado Springs, CO—The United States Olympic Committee debuted Ralph Lauren’s signature U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Closing Ceremony Parade Uniforms and casual village wear for the London 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Games during a fashion segment on this morning’s Today Show.
“Ralph Lauren takes great pride in understanding our U.S. athletes and creating a sense of patriotism through clothing,” said Peter Zeytoonjian, managing director of consumer products and licensing for the USOC. “The Closing Ceremony garments embody our national sentiment of what it means to be an American.”
Drawing on the heritage and sophistication of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and a tradition of refined American style, Ralph Lauren’s 2012 Team USA Closing Ceremony Uniforms feature exceptionally elegant silhouettes in a timeless palette of all white with touches of red and navy.
Olympic taekwondo medalists Diana and Steven Lopez revealed the men’s and women’s Closing Ceremony parade uniforms. Diana was dressed in a crisp white blouse emblazoned with the official U.S. Olympic Team logo and Big Pony logo at the chest, paired with a breezy knee-length white skirt. The look was finished with a sporty repp-stripe silk belt in red, white and navy and matching silk scarf that tied at the neck. For men, the parade uniform is highlighted by a luxe white cotton sport shirt detailed with the official U.S. Olympic Team logo and a slightly smaller navy Big Pony logo. White trousers feature a subtle pleated front and cuff, echoing an old world athletic tradition. The men’s look is also finished with a red, white and navy repp-striped silk belt.
Olympic swimming champion Rebecca Soni, 2012 Olympic gymnastics hopeful Aly Raisman and three-time Olympian medalist Tony Azevedo (water polo), modeled iconic pieces from the Ralph Lauren village wear collection including the mesh polo, Create Your Own USA polo, Olympic tank and tunic.
The USOC is proud to have Ralph Lauren as an official outfitter of Team USA, providing iconic parade uniforms and an authentic sportswear collection of commemorative pieces for men, women and children. The Ralph Lauren 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Opening Ceremony Parade Uniforms will be revealed this summer.
The Ralph Lauren 2012 Team USA Olympic Collection for men, women and children will be available starting April 18 online at RalphLauren.com. Beginning in May, the collection will be available in select Ralph Lauren retail stores, Team USA shops, select U.S. department stores and TeamUSAShop.com.
Iconic shoe designer, Jimmy Choo is teaming up with contemporary artist, Rob Pruitt for the brand’s Spring 2013 collection.
Pruitt, a New York resident, is best known for his colorful, pop art-influenced work. Just last year, the artist that actually hates being referred to a “Pop Artist” (“Pop Art belongs to the ‘60’s,” he said in a Blouin Art Info interview in May 2011) unveiled a chrome-finished, seven-foot-tall statue of the late-Andy Warhol in Manhattan’s Union Square West.
While his latest project was not at all controversial, Pruitt was not always known for tasteful art. In 1992, causing a stir, he and fellow artist and collaborator, Jack Early, shrink-wrapped posters of African-American celebrities, splashed paint on aluminum foil, and created their own soundtrack of rap music - all to pay what they believed was “tribute” to the African-American community at a Leo Castelli Gallery show. Entitled Red, Black, Green, Red, White, Blue, this extremely controversial piece caused a sudden downfall in his career, and it wasn’t until 1998, that he was forgiven. “How,” you ask? The avant garde artist offered his infamous Cocaine Buffet as a peace offering, presenting a 16-foot line of the drug at his studio in New York’s Meatpacking District.. and suddenly everything was looking up again.
Now famous for his playful glitter panda paintings, it’s really no surprise that the founder of the Guggenheim Art Awards and the brand’s creative directors joined forces. After all, the fashion house is no stranger to the art world - Choo most recently collaborated with photographer, Nan Goldin, for this Spring’s Cruise collection, as well as Marilyn Minter and Richard Phillips for previous seasons.
“We were captivated by Pruitt’s energy, his computer screen use of colour and the festive exuberance of his prints and materials; there were elements in his work that reminded us in subtle ways of the Jimmy Choo design iconography,” said Jimmy Choo creative directors Sandra Choi and Simon Holloway.
This capsule accessories collection will include handbags, small leather goods, and of course, shoes - all of which will be inspired by Pruitt’s style. The line, already dubbed as “very collectible and uniquely beautiful,” will hit Jimmy Choo boutiques and online stores in November of this year.