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Tell me who’s not excited about the Olympic Games 2012 coming right up in London? For all fashionistas out there who are also crazy about sports, games and fitness, I’m sure you give more than 2 hoots about it – like me! I’m definitely very anxious to see which fashion labels are running along the Olympic fever
Top fashion labels roped in to dress the Olympians this year include Giorgio Armani, Prada, Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren and more – this Olympic year some national teams are set to wear designer threads for sport.
Sportswear brands adidas, Fila, Puma and others have upped the style stakes too: we’re pleasantly surprised by their stylish takes on sporty fashion.
Still, it’s hard to find anything less contentious than national uniform designs: opinions range from unadulterated admiration to a flood of criticism. And all that the teams generally want is simple, comfortable attire they can wear with pride. Here. Are. The. 8 team kits!
Unveiled in March, the Stella McCartney designs upped the sartorial stakes with a distinct graphic print inspired by the British flag. While these drew flak for taking the red out of the Union Jack, I really dig the reinvented design. The kit’s cool blue hues are easy on the eyes and the strategically-placed stripes keep the team outfits lean and stylish, not outlandish.
Triple jumper Phillips Idowu, fashion designer Stella McCartney and Heptathlon athlete Jessica Ennis at the official British team kit launch.
High-street brand Next clads the athletes in more conventional outfits for their off the field attire: The Union Jack makes an appearance only as a subtle gold foil print on the women’s formal wear. Sleek as they may be, can you shake off its uncanny resemblance to flight attendant uniforms?
Preppy chic dominates again this year for the American team. The polo shirt and cream pants combination is summer-ready wear; plus, it looks as American as you can get with those large logo placements.
Nautical inspiration reigns for the team’s formal wear: athletes don buttoned-up blazers with cream pants with matching accessories covered in red, blue and white stripes. While some feel that the berets make the attire appear more French than American, it’s a nice way to top off a polished (though conventional) look. However the fact that the uniforms were mostly produced in China while the American textile industry has been steadily losing jobs for the last couple of year has seen these particular uniforms become a topic in Washington as the politicians range themselves for or against; it’s an election year after all.
The funkiest team kit of the lot; with the team attitude to match. These exuberant designs were the work of Cedella Marley, the eldest daughter of the late reggae icon Bob Marley. With the vibrant Jamaican shades of green, yellow and black, it’s a sporty, stand-out look. Another nice touch: the team’s casual wear features Bob Marley-inspired prints and a photo graphic of Jamaica’s first Olympic champion, Arthur Wint; how’s that for national pride.
Cedella Marley designs the team wear for Jamaica’s Track & Field team
Instead of suiting up, Marley opts for denim and cargo, and it works well: The military-inspired design also makes the men’s uniform look stylish, not stuffy.
Subtlety seems to be key for these almost monochrome numbers. The Italian colours of red and green are conspicuously missing: you’ll find those hues only on the team insignia and on sock trimmings. The only sign of the Italian flag? Placed on the edge of the sleeves. Super understated but at least it does look like attire that real athletes would wear.
This year, not one but two fashion houses are dressing the Italian athletes. As the official sponsor for the Italian sailing team, Prada has designed sleek, streamlined numbers solely for these athletes. Cool blues reflect the aquatic nature of the sport and again, the Italian shades of red and green are conspicuously absent.
This well-cut, sailor-esque formal wear is a chic mix that makes athletes look smart and stylish. Cheering the choice of doing away with all-too-prim skirts, the female athletes don pants instead, with striped tees, red scarves and yes, fedoras too. There’s even bags designed for the athletes: sleek white envelope satchels, slim enough to tote just mobile phones and a few essentials; even the super-stylish guys get a bag!
After dressing German athletes in Winter Olympic kits for 17 years, Bogner now turns its hand to designing for the Summer Games. The fedoras and the jacket colours may be a tad more summer-appropriate but the weatherproof jackets, though slim-cut, look like they’re from the wrong season; the athletes look like they’ve just descended from an Alpine retreat. Colour choices seem to hark to traditional pinks for women, blues for men divide and the German flag colours are almost absent (save for the fedoras). But at least this team kit still looks contemporary: look at the next photo of the New Zealand team to see what I mean.
The boucle jacket looks fine, the white piping a nice touch. Yet the dress shapes remain stuck in the post-war forties: fern prints deck the motherly knee-length dress, which also sports an awkward bow on top. The men may look dapper enough in their blazers and grey suit but we do wish that the women were dressed more like the Olympians that they are, rather than prim-looking housewives cheering their men on.
Whether you are an avid sports fan or not, the upcoming summer games in London is surely registering somewhere on your radar.
The good news is, there is a way to be part of the Olympics fever without having to stake out in front of your television set or be glued to all the sports updates online.
Maybe a few Olympics-themed gear, think footwear, t-shirts, jewellery and tote bags, that will let you feel like you’re part of the three-week frenzy in London???
Show your Olympics spirit with these specially-designed Gap t-shirts, tank tops and tote bags that incorporate the British flag in a not too overt manner. Available from Gap Wisma Atria, Gap VivoCity and Gap Centrepoint.
All items shown retail at $40
Made from sterling silver and lacquer, this version of the signature Solange Azagury-Patridge hotlips ring has been decked out in the London flag; perfect for celebrating the London 2012 Olympics in style.
If you only want to commemorate the London 2012 Olympics in a tiny way, do so on your wrist, with these Olympics charms from Pandora. Add one (or all) on to your current collection of charms, they are cute enough to wear even after the Olympics fever.
From left: Silver with multi-coloured murano glass, $56, Union Jack bus, $76, Medal silver dangle(front and back), $67
Quirky Olympic-themed t-shirts are a rare sight, which is why Lee Cooper chose to tone down the atheletic vibe of typical Olympic-themed memorabilia, instead opting for t-shirts that are pure fun – like the Medallion t-shirt, which looks like you’re a winner in every sport.
Available at Lee Cooper boutiques and BHG, OG, Isetan and Metro department stores.
All ready to show your support for team sports? Go for the highlight of Everlast’s Olympics range; the gold-foil graphic t-shirt that supports the American boxing team. If low-key is more your style, pick up a couple of the 100 per cent cotton t-shirts in green, pink or black emblazoned with the “Let The Game Begin” phrase.
Available at all Everlast boutiques and major department stores.
All t-shirts shown retail for $24.90
What better way to celebrate the Olympics in style than a new pair of running shoes? Head straight to New Balance for their Summer 2012 Commemorative Pack which features the classic New Balance 574 and 420 models in punchy shades of the British flag, red, white and blue.
Available from New Balance stores.
The U420 model retails for $99, while the ML574 model retails for $115.
Here’s one for avid watch collectors. Omega has been the official timekeeper for the Olympic Games for 25 years now, and back in 1948 during the first London Olympics, the Omega Seamaster watch was launched. This relaunch of the Seamaster watch is meant to commemorate that; which is why only 1,948 pieces have been produced. A real Olympics treasure like no other.
Prefer something with a more feminine touch? Bally’s well-loved Bally-rina has been worked into their Olympics range, first into the Athena high-tops – hidden behind the back zip – and also into the Hanoe fabric tote. Who said atheleticism isn’t adorable?
The Bally-rina collection will be available in store and online.
A screenshot of the “2012 Olympics Nail Art ” video by pixiepolish.
The 2012 Summer Olympics kick off in London July 27, but if you’re a beauty junkie who’s more interested in checking out the rhythmic gymnastics teams’ makeup than their leaps and pirouettes, why not show your enthusiasm with an Olympic-inspired manicure.
When it comes to selecting your Olympic-themed manicure, there are an array of tutorials to offer inspiration and technical aid via YouTube. Here is a selection of some of the best!
Lord of the rings
Blending Union Jacks with the Olympic Rings, this design by pixiepolish is the ideal way to pay tribute to this year’s Summer Olympics host city. Requirements include acrylic crafting paints in blue, black, red, yellow, green and white as well as a toothpick.
Ladies lucky enough to be visiting the British capital during the Games will no doubt need to familiarize themselves with the London Underground system. Here, sweetienails offers a colourful manicure based on the city’s underground map.
And finally, one by Michelle Phan for 4th of July – Team USA nail art tutorial with matching eye makeup!
Bringing You All The Action From The London Olympics
It’s a really fruitful Saturday that started off with an iLead meeting at the usual place, where we had our briefing on our upcoming trip to Silicon Valley in July – it’s now confirmed to be 17th to 30th July!!!
I totally can’t wait, and I really wanna extend the trip by another week or so…to shop, sightsee and EXPLORE California, Los Angeles, maybe even Beverly Hills???!!!
It’s quite a lot of work done and reports to be submitted before such a rewarding trip arrives, but I guess this whole experience is all worth it. I mean, not many people have the chance to go to SV, tour Stanford University and visit Apple, Google, Youtube all at once right? Much less interact and network with the entrepreneurs and success figures there?
I’m so glad I have this opportunity to do that!
Professor Tom Kosnik is so cool to give us this interesting workshop today and introduced us a really good book – Good to Great by Jim Collins – and highlighted some important concepts we may use from it. I’m going to get this book for sure after listening to how brilliant it is.
“Why Some Companies Make the Leap, and Others
And then I got some wonderful news and contacts from Prof Kosnik himself, as well as my dear friend Jasper.
Being offered a place at Prada will be a dream come true!!!
After the meeting I had a chill-out and shoe shopping time at 313 with Charlotte. Got a pair of Substance heels I love!!!
Love Grecian dresses! Sienna Miller supposedly “used” to be the IT girl but I think she still is!
This shade of purple’s like my favourite right now – and yes of course – it complements any skin tone, any hairstyle and flatters your silhouette with its majestic hues.
These are Spring’s hottest looks – denim, candy colours, pastels, florals, nautical and prints. Always, always the most exciting and colourful season.
And most definitely, maxi dresses are back with all pomp and splendor – wear it pretty with minimal accessories and shades/a hat. Go under the sun for some play and you’ll just be the one who will get all the attention!
Easy to match and completely affordable spring style! Did I also mention how wearable and comfortable these outfits are?
Cheryl Cole’s one of those sophisticated ladies who always looks effortless chic! Uh-huh, she doesn’t need Ashley Cole on her arm to look better!
Love the sailor prom dress and spot corsage vest!
The rose printed lantern dress is AWESOME! – A hot favourite on Missselfridge.com!
Playsuits are always so easy to wear and so cute for casual day outs!
Wanted to get this whimsical Alice in Wonderland inspired dress from Forever 21 but my size (small) is out of stock on its online site! If anyone sees it in any local outlets please let me know okay??? Thanks!
Forever 21 Mesh Corset Dress
Outfit of the Day!
LOOKBOOK.nu: collective fashion consciousness.
Ending this post with Lady Gaga’s most outrageous MTV yet,
Lady Gaga ft. Beyoncé – Telephone
I had the funniest dream last night! And I simply have to remember it because it’s so hilarious!
It goes like this:
I can still remember that the dream occurred nearing the time that I woke up, because I don’t think the dream took me the whole night, more like the last 2 hours or so…
Eric, myself and a few friends (I can’t remember who) were at some community center after registering for some course (pardon the lack of clear details because it’s a dream!!!) and we were heading out to the carpark to get our car when we realized that somehow we had picked up the wrong bunch of car keys!!!
In front of us was a BRAND NEW, HUGE (BIGGER THAN A BENTLY), SHINY AND LUXURIOUS, never seen before vehicle, a car branded PRADA!! (yeah I’m fashion-obsessed!) Can you believe it???? I mean, PRADA for LG but a CAR???? And this car is a BEAUTY I must say! I COULDN’T STOP STARING AT IT BECAUSE IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL!!!
It looks like a cross between this
And it was definitely a convertible
PLUS PLUS PLUS, IT’S FREAKING HOT HOT HOT PINK!!!!! OMG!!!
Of course, it only occurs in my dreams that’s why I thought I had better relate it because how often do I dream of such a weird, nonsensical but nonetheless fantastical thing like this? But who knows, the REAL PRADA might be inspired by this to start investing in cars??! lol!
So right, we didn’t hesitate but got right in with a flick of a button and the sliding doors automatically opened and welcomed their “new owners”!
We drove off happily, as if there was no law against car stealing, and sped along the expressway of Singapore, maybe it was CTE I don’t know, but I just remembered so elated at our sheer luck of cruising around in a luxurious FASHION VEHICLE. I had never felt so happy sitting in a car before, it’s ridiculous.
Suddenly we came to a halt. Red light. (CTE got red light ah?!)
An ordinary looking, unimpressive Nissan 350Z stopped beside us (yeah I became so “ya-ya” or “arrogant” right) and an Indian old lady was inside. Somehow I knew it has her car we have “stolen” because she turned to look at us and gave an absolutely shocked expression and pointed furiously at us saying something in Hindi (I assume) we didn’t understand!
But she was certainly HOPING MAD and kept pointing at us accusatorily, if there’s such a word!
*No racist remarks intended, at all, just relating my dream okay!*
Suddenly, again, she whipped out her iPHONE and shouted that she wanted to call the police for stealing her precious car!
The “police” turned out to be her nephew because she started speaking in English and we heard that she was ordering him to arrest us!
When she was speaking halfway, I don’t know how it happened because she was in another vehicle, that Nissan, she dropped her iPhone between my legs!!! She demanded for me to return her phone but I refused, of course!!!
Instead, I closed my legs so that I was like sitting on the phone and pretended I don’t know or haven’t seen anything!
I have never seen anyone so angry before! But she didn’t say anything, just kept glaring silently at us, as if helpless!
Still red light.
Red light taking so long??! Like more than 5 minutes have passed!
The funny thing is that only myself seemed to be afraid of her threats of calling the police. Eric and the rest were like almost not affected by her yelling and threatening!
Then all of a sudden again, the phone rang!
We turned over to look at the old lady only to see that she has fished out yet another iPhone and the minute she picked it up she started laughing as if she had forgotten our existence and that her PRADA has been stolen by the very robbers right in front of her eyes!!!
Turns out that.
She had won FIRST PRIZE in a lottery!!!!!!!
Don’t ask me how I know, I just did.
~End of Dream!~
Abrupt ending because Eric himself woke me up – he had just arrived at my house (real, not dream!) to pass me the steamboat pot that we were going to use for our CNY steamboat feast at Jon’s house tonight.
I didn’t tell him about the dream because he was in a hurry to leave the house afterwards to go to school, but I guess he will be amused by this entry
Hope you’ve enjoyed the story! Oh no no, it’s not really a story yeah, but I really dreamt of that exactly as I have described above. Interesting huh??? You know sometimes when you really like your dream and wanna find out what happens next, you go back to sleep JUST to find out what’s the ending? Oh, the sweet sweet taste of pleasant dreams. ))
Remember to bid your loved ones good night AND sweet dreams so that they have a higher chance of getting that kind of dreams!!!
I really really really had a great day today spending time in school and catching up with friends – Shu, Geri and Jason
I’m so happy, and grateful, for such great friends!
SHU & GERI, BIGGIE THANKS FOR LISTENING TO ME! ))
♥ HUGS ♥
Will upload tonight’s steamboat pictures soon! Thanks Eric, Jon, Geanie and Apple-boy Aloysius for the great dinner tonight! ))
And I seriously do love