With the London 2012 Olympic Games in full swing, each athlete is bonded to their teammates through the pride of their country and the support of the nation.
Throughout the spectacle of the Opening Ceremonies on July 27th, we waited to see our favorite athletes in their uniforms during the Parade of Nations.
Top designers, including Stella McCartney, Prada and Ralph Lauren took on the task to represent their countries through common apparel that would encapsulate their heritage and look forward.
Inspired by the styles presented by many of our favorites we asked Michelle, glasses designer and superstylist, for the top eyewear brands to compliment the range of themes, from athletic to preppy, at the Olympic Games.
Ralph Lauren’s name has been synonymous with American fashion for over 40 years. With the uniform for Team USA he combined the patriotism synonymous with Red, White and Blue and matched them with crisp lines and classic details. With Mariel Zagunis as flag-bearer, athletes, including LeBron James were all smiles as they represented their nation. This clean style would be best paired with eyeglasses that exude a similar look such as designs by Calvin Klein eyewear.
Adidas was charged with the task of matching the French team’s naturally chic aesthetic with the sporty look expected of them at the Olympic Games. Tailored jackets and crisp lines in black and white with only a touch of red were well paired with athletic footwear. The pieces would tie together nicely with semi-rimless Ltede glasses for a cool and confident style.
The athletic and nostalgic look of the Canadian Parade Uniform, designed by the Hudson’s Bay Company, was inspired by the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montreal. Marcel Aubut, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee noted that there “is great comfort in the knowledge that our Olympic heroes are outfitted in quintessentially Canadian clothing and that they can wear their uniforms with pride throughout the duration of the Games.” Pairing the sporty look with eco-friendly frames by Evergreen eyewear would tie this look together.
Inspired by this year’s favored vibrant colors, Germany’s athletes provided a sartorial pop to the parade. The look was finished off with white pants and wrapped scarves that would work well with Kam Dhillon glasses in semi-transparent hues.
One of the most highly anticipated designs was Stella McCartney’s pairing with Adidas that resulted in color blocked patterns inspired by the Union Jack. Both sleek and functional the design pairs well with the Hardy eyeglasses brand.
With a pool of exceptional talent to choose from, Italy was able to attain the sponsorship of Prada for their sailing team and designs of Giorgio Armani for the official uniform. The Oakley eyeglasses line adds the final touch to this strong athletic design.
Puma’s uniforms for Team Jamaica were designed by Cedella Marley, daughter of Bob Marley, and proudly worn by greats such as Usdain Bolt. The pride of the nation was demonstrated in the gold and green of its flag on structured tops and bright skirts and pants. Confidence would be exuded with an equally fashion-forward pair of Derek Cardigan eyeglasses.
Kent and Curwen went with a vintage and classic look pairing blazers and ties with fitted slacks and knee-length skirts. The style works perfectly with Perspective eyewear.
The Kiwi’s uniform was deemed one of this Olympic Games best with collegiate style blazers with white piping and neutral colors. Taking a leap from the trend, the uniforms included flared, patterned dresses inspired by its 1948 team. Gray transparent Joseph Marc eyeglasses continue the neutral but striking pallet.
Sportscraft again harkened back to a previous era with their fresh take on the preppy casual look, pairing them with Australia’s popular Dunlop volleys that were custom-made for the event. The Derek Cardigan eyewear brand offers a perfect match to the look.
One of the few countries to encourage a carefree look, Switzerland paired rugby patterned shirts with cargos and tracksuits for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Ray Ban eyeglasses continue the sporty trend.
A pop of orange provided the perfect exclamation to cable-knit v-neck sweaters, white blouses and striped ties. An alternate option allowed athletes to color block a blue minimalist dress and orange trench. A pair of frames from Paul Frank eyewear would complete the look with a final pop.