Rio Olympics 2016: The six designers behind competing teams' uniforms
The Summer Olympics is happening soon and all eyes will be on Rio as athletes compete to take home the gold. But for those of us who couldn't care less about medals and record times, the summer games can be a bit of a snoozefest. Yet there is a silver lining: seeing the Olympians bedecked in sporty uniforms for your gym get-up dos — and often times don'ts. For starters, the biggest global sportswear brands have geared up for the sporting event with Rio-themed collections, but six big-named designers take it up a notch by dressing up teams they're rooting for.
1. STELLA MCCARTNEY IS #TEAMGB
What: Joining forces with Adidas, the British eco-fashion maven is called back for the country's new coat of arms. Taking a deconstructed Union Jack as the uniform's theme: red, blue, white, giant Gs and Bs, Team Great Britain means serious business.
Who'd wear it IRL: A bona fide supporter of Stella McCartney and her country, the health-conscious Rosie Huntington-Whiteley will definitely sizzle in the abs-baring crop top.
Who'd be great next: Burberry might not be the sportiest option — but trench coats for the closing ceremony outfit would be a terrific show-stealer.
2. POLO RALPH LAUREN IS #TEAMUSA
What: Classy in patriotic stripes is what it's all about for the American athletes. From white jeans, navy blazers to blue boat shoes, Polo Ralph Lauren decks them in old-school preppy garms.
Who'd wear it IRL: Country-club loungers toasting to their golfing success — although eye candy swimming Olympian Ryan Lochte might still rock 'em out of pools.
Who'd be great next: Freshly helmed by fashion's darling, Raf Simons, Calvin Klein would be an interesting choice of venture. Headlines would be what else, but "I compete in #mycalvins".
3. LACOSTE IS #TEAMFRANCE
What: Felipe Oliveira Baptista made sure the uniforms are "very clean cut and very precise." Lacoste may not parade couture-level track suits, but its marine blue trench coats, thermal zip-up sweaters and ankle-baring white pants are as practical as they can get.
Who'd wear it IRL: RiRi is well-famed for her love for tracksuits, but then again, she'd probably put a glam spin on these with eclectic shades or the most bad-ass stilettos.
Who'd be great next: Vetements, duh. Wouldn't it be cool to see the Olympians in oversized sweatshirts with a "How to be French" explainer on the back?
4. H&M IS #TEAMSWEDEN
What: Sweden is having a field day with its H&M uniform which is part technical fabrics, part recycled polyester, yet somehow manages to still be cool. It does help that it's a tad evocative of Queen Bey's sportswear line, Ivy Park, but injected with an Ikea yellow-blue cheeriness.
Who'd wear it IRL: Boxing enthusiast Gigi Hadid on a post-workout Starbucks run.
Who'd be great next: Acne Studios-rendered pastel pink sweatshirts and grey joggers #FTW.
5. DSQUARED2 IS #TEAMCANADA
What: Twins Dan and Dean Caten really pushed the envolope, what with the regal blazer zip-ups and shirts in patriotic red and white apropos to the country's flag. No Olympic opening ceremony gear has ever looked this street-fitting.
Who'd wear it IRL: With a cap and generously long-hemmed shirt, The Biebs do come in mind. Plus, he's an Ontario-native too.
Who'd be great next: Erdem Moralioglu and his craze for floral would be another wild card the Canadians might want to pull.
6. CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN IS #TEAMCUBA
What: Of course, this is the collaboration that has made headlines as of late. The French shoe maestro and long-time athlete friend Henri Tai teamed up for the sleekest red-white attires and of course, kicks.
Who'd wear it IRL: We're saying yes to David Gandy. Because he practically looks chiselled in anything.
Who'd be great next: Chanel's Cuban major hurrah last May can surely be translated to Olympic-certified tweed and ruffles, no? Well, a girl can dream.