“Our Olympic heroes will be headed off to London this month — looking as if they’re decked out for a Hamptons lawn party. Ralph Lauren yesterday unveiled the preppy parade uniforms that Team USA members will wear at the July 27 opening ceremony, stirring an uproar over pricey duds fit for a regatta. The outfits include blue blazers, cream-colored trousers, white skirts — and berets.”
Ralph Lauren does it again: designing uniforms ahead of the trends.In Color Portfolio Spring/Summer 2013 we see Nautical colors with an all American/Preppy sensibility that is the RL signature. Colors are reminiscent of Regattas and long Summer days in spent enjoying a day on the water in Nantucket , a good old American County Fair or a spectacular 4th of July Fireworks display.
Color Portfolio (Thinking In Color) SS 2013
There has been some criticism and controversy about the beret as being too “French.” That said, we are seeing a travel influence on the trends for the season with an international/eclectic mix of ethnic mixes influencing the looks and details of fashion. In today’s world, mass communication, aesthetic influences from everywhere, diversity of taste in fashion from every country around the globe, means multicultural fashion is in vogue. Add to this the melting pot that comprises what it is to be from the USA, and it makes sense thatthe uniforms for the USA team would also be designed with an international touch.