Men will wear navy blue blazers with the Olympic team patch, along with red, white and blue neckties and white pants. Women will pair the blazers with similar-colored scarves and skirts. And everyone will be wearing BERETS!
To represent the United States at the Olympic opening games, the privately sponsored US Olympics committee hired US designer Ralph Lauren to design the uniforms. And what does Ralph Lauren do? Not only does he put our American athletes in French berets, but he had the ENTIRE uniform MADE IN CHINA!! And the Olympics committee can’t claim ignorance because Ralph Lauren did the exact same thing in 2008.
Why, given the current US economy and the high unemployment rate would the Olympics committee hire a designer known for outsourcing his work? They claim it is because of cost. Apparently Ralph Lauren is doing this out of the goodness of his own heart. I am sure there are dozens of US designers who would have happily done the same thing and kept the uniforms MADE IN THE USA!
And there is no cost break to the millions of US consumers who will want to purchase this look (well, maybe not the berets…). The cost of this uniform is out of the reach of most Americans. — $598 for the women’s blazer and $498 for the silk skirt. The men’s blazer is a staggering $795, flat front trousers $295 and nubuck shoes are $165. And that silly beret? $55!
Not only am I appalled about the uniforms being made in China and their exorbitant cost, I also don’t like the design and how it portrays Americans. Celebrity stylist Robert Verdi put it best – think “Chariots of Fire” meets American Airlines flight attendant. While Verdi said he likes the fitted white pants and the men’s shoes, the overall look was a failure. “It was a combination of things to me: rich, British private school kids . . . and Mr. Howell from ‘Gilligan’s Island.’ I wasn’t sure if they were really chic crossing guards or Olympians. It was unclear to me.”
So are you as appalled as I am? Please share your thoughts below and share this post. Let’s let Ralph Lauren and the Olympic committee know what Americans really think!!