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Critics hate RL's US Olympic Team Uniforms

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Maximus Rex, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Well-Known Member

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    Dudes look good minus the berets.

    The chicks jacket is nice, the skirt and bobby socks blow
     
  2. Holdfast

    Holdfast Well-Known Member

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    "1980s cabin crew" is what springs to mind. I usually like RL's pastiche/whimsy when applied to uniforms (for instance, the Wimbledon ones are genius invented tradition), but this one isn't floating my boat. Still, can't imagine he'll be crying about all the free publicity...
     
  3. suitedcboy

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    I assumed there was a method to their madness in the wardrobe. Make the other teams let their guard down as who would take any team seriously that showed up in those clothes?
    The girls should sell cookies in those getups out in front of the venues while the guys not competing at any time could help little old ladies across the streets.



    Looks like bad yacht trip in the Hamptons. YUCK!
     
  4. scarphe

    scarphe Well-Known Member

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    it appears to be something il duce would like.
     
  5. HughJ

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    Why didn't they use the big logo?
     
  6. Ianiceman

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    Pretty much this. In years past I've seen the Americans turn out in scarlet red polyester blazers and white resistol cowboy hats so it's got to be an improvement over that.

    @ HF do you really like the Wimbledon kits? I'm in two minds as I like the traditional prep school look up to a point, but (unliek you!) I hate contrast collar shirts and don't really like the piping on the blazers. The older green blazers were probably more traditional looking - maybe a bit safe but probably more wearable in the real world outside of Wimbledon. The women wearing men's shirts and baggy-kneed cotton chinos or old maid skirts invariably look crap.
     
  7. joeman

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    It screams un-American..more like French army.
     
  8. lasbar

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    I thought the same thing...
     
  9. FLW

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    Good call on the girl scout reference. Didn't notice it until now.

    If this were Wal-Mart or even CK or Hilfiger, I'd get the made in China bit. But RL sources plenty of things stateside or at least in Italy. Pretty low to set your countrymen up in the shit you let go for 40% off at Macy's. Might as well have put them in a purple and green striped polo, size XXL. Save the USOC money by getting all the uniforms at Goodwill or Marshall's.
     
  10. fritzl

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    +1, they look like frogs...
     
  11. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Well-Known Member

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    I honestly don't get the thinking behind the beret. A boater maybe, but a beret?!
     
  12. lasbar

    lasbar Well-Known Member

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    That's the French Olympic costume..

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  13. Kai

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  14. Ianiceman

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    Supporting the troops?

    Or did I hear recently that the US Army is doing away with berets?

    I can see why too, as most of them are clueless as to how to wear them. Instead of being slightly oversized and louche as worn by good old Monty, I see them shrunken up to not m,uch more than the size of a yarmulke, perched on their crown with a tin-tin style peak where the regimental/rank badge goes. Looks bloody ridiculous. Go back to wearing your c**t caps now, and see how you like that!
     
  15. MyOtherLife

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    Well it could have been a lot better but a lot worse too. Pure propaganda. Business as usual. I am suprised they didn't have the gold fringe around the flag.
     
  16. PhiloVance

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    I liked Ralph's idea in 2008 with the cream colored caps. A nod to classic men's style which is right in his wheelhouse.

    Is the US connection with berets really just the green berets? Seems like a bit of a stretch . . .

    I also did not quite understand David Lauren's explanation this morning - the inspiration behind the design was Chariots of Fire? But I don't recall anyone wearing a beret in that film - certainly not anyone on the US Team. But its been awhile, maybe I'm wrong . . .
     
  17. JensenH

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    Good one! :crackup:
     
  18. Mr Knightly

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    Agreed. The 2008 flat caps looked smashing. They were sporty, classic, and definitely American. These berets are ridiculous. On the other hand, the rest of the outfit is quite nice, and I don't think the overall effect will be that odd, at least in the context of the long and absurd history of opening ceremonies outfits.
     
  19. PhiloVance

    PhiloVance Well-Known Member

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    Right. I think the bigger issue would be that no part of the outfit is actually made in the US. Assuming everything is made to black or purple label standards, the shirt, tie, slacks, and blazer are probably made in italy, and the shoes are made in england. Perhaps the beret is made by Kangol?
     
  20. papa kot

    papa kot Well-Known Member

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    I like the uniforms. The berets may grown on me, but I am on the fence.

    For those who say that berets are French, un-American, sissy, socialist -- the this to the guys pictured below.

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    Looks pretty bad-ass and American to me :)
     

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