London 2012 Olympics fashion latest


London 2012 Olympics fashion latest

Get the best Olympic fashion and beauty news, gossip and trends under one stylish and irreverent roof. Today: Ryan Lochte’s styling tips and the best Olympic ink…

31 JULY 2012

PART OF OLYMPICS 2012 FASHION HOT TOPICS

Team USA gold medal winner Ryan Lochte Photo: EPA

Tuesday, July 31…………………………………………………..

RYAN LOCHTE: STYLIST?
The Team USA gold medal winner (above) has already scored a Vogue cover, so appropriately, Women’s Health asked the buff 27-year-old a fashion-related thing or two. Mr Lochte thinks personal style is: “really important – it’s how your personality comes out. I don’t have a set style, but I try not to dress like everyone else.”
Meanwhile he thinks women look hottest in: “One of my long-sleeve button-down shirts and that’s all. The second sexiest thing: white jeans.” Excuse us while we picture the scene: us + Ryan + his chlorine-scented shirt = oh, it’s all too much…

OLYMPIC INK
Taking part in the Olympics is obviously an achievement to be proud of so it comes as no surprise that some athletes want to show off permanent reminders of their membership to this elite club. Tattoos of the Olympic rings are ubiquitous at London 2012, especially amongst swimmers who have more opportunities than most to show off their body art…

Clockwise from top left: Scott Dickens of Canada (EPA); Alexa Komarnycky of Canada (AP); Unknown (AFP); Jahyn Vittorio Parrinello of Italy (Getty); Dana Vollmer of the USA (AP); Khatuna Lorig of the US (Reuters).

FANCY A CUPPA?
Franziska Goltz of Germany got into the British spirit, nodding to the nation’s favourite tipple – a lovely cuppa – by wearing a crocheted tea cosy hat in her Laser Radial class race at Weymouth yesterday – in German colours though, natch.

PHOTO: Reuters

IF CHERYL COLE WAS A CHEERLEADER…

Looks like the girl troupe cheering on the women’s preliminary round group B basketball match (Britain vs Canada) looked to pop starlet Cheryl Cole for sartorial inspiration. Their pink trimmings and monochrome hotpants were a blatant riff on the Bertie Basset-style get-up Chezza was captured in back in May. We hope the spectators had sunglasses and girls – remember that fashion mantra: if in doubt, go without – especially when it comes to what Cole is sporting. PHOTO: AFP

Monday, July 30…………………………………………………..

CINCH IT IN
We told you earlier this month to ditch those crop tops and stock up on waist-cinching belts instead for autumn/winter 2012, and it appears Canadian weightlifter Annie Moniqui paid heed to our advice. Although we wouldn’t necessarily recommend sporting a leotard with said belt we do admire Moniqui’s effort. Full marks.

PHOTO: AP

SCRUNCHIES: STILL GOING STRONG
We thought this was the 2012 Olympics… not 1992… but yes, young gymnasts looking for a bit of ‘pizzaz’ are still turning to ruched bits of elasticised material favoured by Hillary Clinton to make themselves ooze class. This behaviour is almost forgivable for an impressionable and bendy teenager but at 31, tennis player Serena Williams should know better than to take a gold one to Wimbledon.

PHOTOS: AFP/ EPA/ PA/ REUTERS

PATSY & EDDY DO THE OLYMPICS
In by far the best interview to come out of the Olympics yet, watch Absolutely Fabulous ‘ Eddy and Patsy talk McQueen shoes, alternative (illegal) uses for the torch and quaff Champagne straight from the (irresponsibly branded) bottle with Channel 4’s Paraic O’Brien. “I was thinking how much more fun it would be if they let people drink in the Olympics, because what ruins sport for me, actually darling, is that everyone’s so well hydrated” is just one of the many gems. Enjoy…

BAD SPORTS
No sooner had poor old William Shakespeare been gifted a new titfer as part of the London 2012 ‘Hatwalk’ (see below), then some ungracious swines pinched it. Grazia, who organised the decorating of 21 London landmarks with hats by the nation’s finest milliners, are appealing for witnesses, and hopefully the safe return of Emma Fielden’s creation.

PHOTO: Getty

WHAT TO WEAR TO THE OLYMPICS #1
No mistaking where snazzy spectator, Dana Kerstein, was off to this morning. If anyone knows where we can procure such a fabulous pair of Elton John-esque bins, please do share. One is off to the hottest ticket in town – AKA France v Russia in the women’s basketball preliminary round – and these beauties would be just the ticket.

PHOTO: AP

BROOKLYN’S IN TOWN…

PHOTO: Reuters
Who’s that pretty little thing, with her chic, stripy shirt effortlessly paired with a star-print scarf? Why it’s Brooklyn Decker, Swimsuit Illustrated cover girl turned bona fide actress, watching hubby Andy Roddick play Slovakia’s Martin Klizan. We love the arm party she’s sporting around her wrists and tortoiseshell sunnies – Decker is the ultimate antithesis of a footy WAG.

ALL UP IN RYAN’S GRILL

PHOTO: EPA
Our latest crush, Ryan Lochte, is seriously jeopardising his hunk credentials with his love for diamond ‘grills’. The American gold medal winner (which he scooped on Saturday after winning the men’s 400m individual medley) has a fondness for accessorising his teeth. Patriotically sporting a stars and stripes design, the 27-year-old tried to take to the podium with his grill, but was banned. Burn…

A GLASS EYE?

PHOTO: AP
So there is a serious reason why French basketball player Tony Parker was wearing goggles when his team faced the USA on Sunday. A month or so ago, Parker (who you may remember as Eva Longoria’s ex-husband) was enjoying a night out in Manhattan when a fight broke out between R&B stars Drake and Chris Brown who were seemingly involved in a love triangle with Rihanna. Parker was caught in the crossfire and shards of glass from a broken bottle damaged his left eye. The goggles are supposed to protect him from any further injury but we think they are also a pretty stylish accessory, adding a hipsterish, geek-chic vibe to the sporty kit. The referee doesn’t seem to like them though…

DO THE HATWALK

PHOTO: AP
To Trafalgar Square , where a bicorn hat-sporting Lord Nelson kicked off Boris Johnson’s ‘Hatwalk’ initiative in style. Curated by milliner extraordinaires Stephen Jones and Philip Treacy, the London 2012 Festival showcase sees 21 established and emerging millinery talents recreate headwear for some of the capital’s most famous hat-wearing statues – including King George IV and Shakespeare.
The hats will be in place around London for the next four days, and life-sized copies of the pieces are on display in BT House at BT London Live in Hyde Park until August 12.
FYI: Nelson’s dashing has been updated by Sylvia Fletcher and Lock & Co (the very same milliners that created the original) to include a Union Jack and Olympic flame.

PEDICURE EMERGENCY
Poor Chinese gymnast He Kexin’s feet look like they could do with a week of pampering at a luxury spa. The tape binding her ankles is so tight it’s cutting into her flesh like razorblades, and while all hope of pretty pieds might be long gone, a lick of paint might take the edge off of her long-suffering toenails. Yet another reason why we’ll never make Olympic athletes.

PHOTO: Reuters

HEADY, STEADY, GO….!

How’s this for a warm-up hat? 100m backstroke swimmer Yuanhui Fu of China put the fun in poolside chic as she arrived for her race in this unmissable design, which came complete with chin-dangling pom-poms. PHOTO: EPA

WHEN ART IMITATES SPORT

Just how adorable is the customised piece of kit sported by South Korea’s Hyeonju Choi? The 27-year-old toted her bow with a body shield adorned with a thick-fringed cartoon character toting a bow and arrow with calm pride. PHOTO: EPA

WHEN ONE HAIRCLIP IS NOT ENOUGH

Why wear one hairclip on the court when you can wear 25? We’re thinking perhaps this clip-crazy lady from Turkey’s volleyball team has some sort of lucky ritual around the colours and placement of her hair accoutrements. Either that or she got a buy one get 10 free deal at Accessorize on her way through Heathrow. PHOTO: AFP

SAUNDERS FOR SANDE

Although we were captivated by Emeli Sande’s stunning voice during her surprise performance of Abide With Me , we couldn’t help noticing her elegant turquoise dress. Jonathan Saunders, the man behind the understated creation, was understandably excited to be part of the Opening Ceremony. “It was a real pleasure to work with Emeli Sande” said the designer, adding that Emeli is “somebody who is very sure about what she wants which is not heavily embellished or girly. We ended up with something appropriate and cool.” PHOTO: AFP

FASHION’S FINEST HIT STRATFORD
Perhaps it’s the lure of the new Westfield shopping behemoth, but London’s previously unfashionable postcode of E20 had a surge of glamour on Friday night as supermodel Lara Stone and designer Stella McCartney dropped in for the Opening Ceremony. Of course, Stella was officially there in her capacity as Team GB kit designer, and daughter of the closing act. Unofficially she was there to tell as many people as possible that she did not, repeat DID NOT design the Team GB Opening Ceremony uniforms. GOT IT?!

PHOTOS: Twitter

OPENING CEREMONY FASHION VERDICT
The Opening Ceremony provided the greatest stage on earth for many of the designers behind the Olympic uniforms on Friday night. Here’s our verdict on the fashion hits and misses:


Labels at the ready: the tiny team of San Marino (top left) were elegantly kitted out in cream Salvatore Ferragamo crepe dresses – but what one earth were the team carrying in those handbags? The Italians’ (top right) blazers and stripy ties meanwhile – courtesy of Giorgio Armani – had a distinctly high school feel to them. A gold medal for ‘Absolute Preppiness’ went to Team USA , who, in ankle socks and white brogues, looked cookie-cutter cute. PHOTOS: EPA

…Meanwhile Team GB were outfitted by high street retailer Next for their Opening Ceremony Elvis tribute, erm we mean parade, and not by kit designer Stella McCartney. So embarrassed was the designer by the possible discrepancy (who can blame her?) she issued a statement clearly explaining as much. PHOTO: EPA

JAMAICA
Artistic merit: 9.9
Execution: 10

Frankly, Usain Bolt could make anything look cool, but his military-inspired Puma jacket just floored the opposition. PHOTO: Getty

COOK ISLANDS
Artistic merit: 9.5
Execution: 9

The girls from the Cook Islands were likely blissfully aware that they were rocking this season’s hottest accesory trend – the flower crown – but we loved it. PHOTO: Reuters

NETHERLANDS
Artistic merit: 8.5
Execution: 8.5

Shades of Raf Simons’ tenure at Jil Sander here with the royal blue jackets and orange trousers. PHOTO: EPA

CZECH REPUBLIC
Artistic merit: 4
Execution: 3

What the? Seriously, we know it rains a lot in London, but wellies?! Back to fashion school. PHOTO: AFP

BULGARIA
Artistic merit: 8.3
Execution: 8.8

Gingham blazers and coordinating flat caps? Not a look for everyone, but the Bulgarian boys more than pulled it off. PHOTO: AFP

GERMANY
Artistic merit: 3
Execution: 3.5

It’s most satisfying to report that not only are we ahead of Germany in the medal table, we narrowly beat them in the Opening Ceremnoy fashion stakes too. No mean feat considering how terrible Team GB looked in their Elvis shell suits. Germany might want to rethink the pac-a-macs before Rio 2016… PHOTO: AP

BERMUDA
Artistic merit: 9
Execution: 9.5

One of the best turned out team of the Opening Ceremony, how swish did the Bermuda boys look in their red shorts, knee socks and shiny shoes? Very. PHOTO: AP

EL SALVADOR
Artistic merit: 8
Execution: 6.5

El Salvador’s dip-dyed ‘jackigans’ stood out from the crowd but the girls could have gained more ‘execution’ points i they’d dip-dyed their hair to match a la Prada’s autumn/winter 2012 models. PHOTO: AFP

JAPAN
Artistic merit: 5
Execution: 5

Chicken or fish? Oh, I’m sorry, you’re not Virgin Atlantic air hostesses, you’re Olympians… PHOTO: Getty

IRELAND
Artistic merit: 6.5
Execution: 7

Ireland could perhaps have put a tad more pizazz into their outfits, but on balance the green baseball jacket and grey trouser combo was very on trend. PHOTO: PA

DENMARK
Artistic merit: 7.9
Execution: 9.5

Denmark’s ladies looked like they had been dressed by COS, the Scandi high street favourites who know a thing or two about delivering stylish separates with clean and simple lines and minimal fuss. Mind you, most of these girls could have turned up in a paper bag and still look incredible. PHOTO: Reuters.

HONG KONG
Artistic merit: 7.5
Execution: 7

The Hong Kong team were reminiscent of Wimbledon officials in their smart white blazers. Not the most exciting uniform, but sometimes it’s best not to try too hard and stick with classics. PHOTO: Getty

SPAIN
Artistic merit: 5
Execution: 7

The pink bobbed wig might have seemed like a good idea at the time, and he did wear it with gusto, but you’ve got to wonder what this Olympian will think of his fashion statement when he’s an old man looking back on the glory days of his career…PHOTO: Reuters

Friday July 27…………………………………………………..

KATE WEARS KANE
It’s late in the evening/morning now, but we’re fairly sure this is the Duchess of Cambridge’s first outing in what is perhaps London’s coolest label, Christopher Kane. Her patel blue satin coat dress made her the chicest ice princess at Buckingham Palace, and the Opening Ceremony.


Kate poses with the President of Mongolia, Elbegdorj Tsakhia (left) and Erdene Elbegdorj. PHOTO: Reuters

MOBAMA WEARS MENDEL
That’s J.Mendel people, the US label which has become the red carpet’s new best friend. Accompanied by ambassador to the UK, Louis Susman, to a reception at Buckingham Palace, the First Lady looked, well, impeccably flawless, super-chic and effortless as ever. Sigh…


PHOTO:Reuters

LOOK! SWIMMING’S FUN!
The USA Swim team are the latest gaggsters to jump on the Carley Rae Jepsen ‘Call Me Maybe’ parody bus. Starring a cameo by no.1 dish Ryan Lochte, it’s worth a couple of minutes of your time just to marvel at the plane scene. Those girls sure are brave…

CHEERS BUT NO CHEERS…
These rather excited ladies from the University of Florida marching band were on hand to perform during Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move-London’ event at the Winfield House today. We’re sure their routine looks more impressive with moving pictures, but we’re not convinced by their seriously un-sexy, thick, flesh-coloured body stockings. Do all American cheerleaders wear these? If so, we feel cheated. This is NOT the image we cheerleader-light Brits have come to associate with the bouncy US sport-bunnies.


PHOTO: AFP

MICHELLE OBAMA TOUCHES DOWN IN LONDON TOWN
Mrs O is in the house. The First Lady, who is in charge of the US Presidential Delegation to the Olympic Games, immediately made her way over to Team USA’a training camp to give a rousing speech to her country’s sporting hopefuls. “I can’t believe I am here, I am beyond proud. I can’t begin to tell you how amazing it is for me to be leading the delegation,” she said. “Some of my fantastic memories growing up, and even as an adult, involved watching the Olympics on TV.” She chose a red, white and navy ensemble, causing many to comment that she “looked like the American flag”. We think that’s a crude way of saying she was patriotic in her style choice. Well done Mrs O.


Photo: REUTERS

UH OH…

OLYMPIC NAIL ART ROUND-UP
For London 2012, the athletes have found a new way to express their team spirit.Here’s a pick of our favourite Olympic manicures.

LUCKY PANTS?
Can British diver Tom Daley get any cuter? Here he is at practice today sizing up a pair of Dangermouse pants. If these are his lucky pants, you have to wonder how he fits them under those tiny trunks…


PHOTO: PA

GET A FIGURE LIKE FEDERICA?
Yesterday we were gazing admiringly at Federica Pellegrini’s perfect swimsuit figure. Could this compression suit she gamely donned after training today be the cause? Yes, alright, she probably swims about 20 miles a day, but if this sexy baby is going to give us thighs anywhere close to Federica’s, we’ll be wearing them to work by week’s end.


PHOTO: AP

WHEN IN ROME
It’s nice to see that the Italian swimming team is entering into the Great British spirit of the Olympics. Women’s 400m Individual Medley competitor, Stefania Pirozzi slipped into a Union Jack onesie, emblazoned with ‘God Save The Queen’ for training at the Aquatics Centre today. But so as not to bruise national pride, she still managed to pledge allegiance to her homeland with her Italian flag manicure.


Stefania Pirozzi at the pool. PHOTO: Reuters

TELL ME ABOUT IT, STUD
The royal blue jeans worn by the Duchess of Cambridge at last night’s Olympic Torch visit to Buckingham Palace were so good, they were electrifying! The whole look, complete with zips up the back of the legs and cork wedges, brought to mind Olivia Newton John in the closing scenes of Grease in those iconic tight black satin pants which she had to be sewn into. Is Kate about to have a Sandy moment and re-emerge in a slutty ensemble and scarlet lips, puffing on a fag? Highly doubtful, but we’d love to see her with a head of tumbling curls.


The Duchess of Cambridge’s blue jeans; Olivia Newton John and John Travolta in Grease. PHOTOS: AFP/REX

THE OLYMPICS = THE PERFECT EXCUSE TO GO SHOPPING…

From Isabel Marant’s ‘Beckett’ wedge hi-tops (above) in red, white and blue to Proenza Schouler’s limited edition gold PSII bag, we bring you the very bestOlympics-inspired fashion buys . On your marks, get set, shop!

SAM CAM LOOKS V GLAM TO GREET THE TORCH
How great did Samantha Cameron look at 10 Downing Street last night to greet the Olympic flame? The summer 2012 look from London Fashion Week design duo Peter Pilotto was trimmed to perfection with a nude belt and her preferred shoe – a round-toed platform court (style tip from the Duchess there readers). We just wish she would push those shoulders back a bit to do this fabulous look due justice.


“Hello torch”Samantha Cameron sparkling in Peter Pilotto at Number 10, flanked by The Prime Minister and torch carrier, Kate Nesbitt. PHOTO: GETTY

Thursday July 26…………………………………………………..

PATSY AND EDDY TAKE THE FLAME
Our favourite fictional fashion duo, AKA Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders, carried the Olympic flame between the boroughs of Lambeth and Kensington & Chelsea, taking it for a trip down the King’s Road, the pair’s home turf. Patsy paired her standard issue tracksuit with some surprisingly sensible Reebok trainers while Eddy went for a pair of red, white and blue heels.


PHOTO: AP

READ: Ab Fab’s best Olympic jokes

Their part in the Olympic flame’s prolific journey comes after the special Olympic episode of Absolutely Fabulous screened earlier this week, featuring a guest appearance from Team GB kit designer Stella McCartney.

WATCH: Stella unveils Team GB Olympic kit

OLYMP-MATIC: IF GILES MADE SWIMMING CAPS


Top left: Giles spring/summer 2011; bottom: Jennet Saryyeva of Turkmenistan trains in the pool at the Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park. PHOTO: Michael Sohn/AP

TRENDING: HAIR ‘MARES
You know what they say – three’s a trend… Perusing the influx of Olympics pics that feed through to Telegraph Fashion HQ, we’ve noticed a lot of hair preening going on. As any long-haired lady will know, sport and hair generally don’t mix, and as hard as you try, that elastic hair band will wiggle it’s way out of your pony as soon a a bit of exertion occurs. Winner of the best hair ‘mare (so far) has to be Venus Williams and her face-slapping locks (although she does get bonus point for the red and blue hair, tres patriotic)…


Photo: PA

Here’s some other ladies who’ve been suffering,,,


Photo: REUTERS/PA


Photo: AP/REUTERS

DID YOU KNOW THAT VERA WANG WAS ONCE ALMOST AN OLYMPIC FIGURE SKATER?
Find out which other fashionable faces has hidden sporting talents here

WHERE DOES HE BUY HIS JEANS?!
We couldn’t help but notice German cyclist Robert Foerstemann’s MASSIVE thighs. We’re guessing he has to wear his lycra duds all the time because we doubt even High & Mighty could outfit those beasts. Maybe he should give Paul Smith a call?


Photo: AP

THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE LOOKS CHIC WHILST PLAYING SPORT
The Duchess chose a £35 dress from the Hobbs sale to undertake her first official Olympics outing to Bacon’s College in London’s Rotherhithe. Ever the good sport, she played some table tennis, football and had a go at judo, and managed to look impeccable when most of us would look a little sweaty and flustered.


Photo: AP

IN PICTURES: Kate’s fashion hits and misses

BIG MAC, SMALL FRIES PLEASE
We’d look as glum as Spanish canoeist Saúl Craviotto if we had to wear this for the next fortnight. The Spanish uniform has been designed by Russian firm Bosco, and as one fashion wag commented “looks like someone’s barfed on a McDonald’s uniform”. However, before we feel too sorry for them, let’s remember that Spain won Euro 2012 and the World Cup. You win some…


Photo: @Saul_Craviotto

PELLEGRINI GOES PUCCI-ESQUE
We’ll have to wait until tomorrow’s Opening Ceremony to get a good look at all of the team kits, many of which have been created by world-famous designers, so until then we’re keeping our eyes peeled for snazzy unofficial athlete outfits. Italian swimmer Federica Pellegrini has caught our eye with this Pucci-esque number (although we’re sure it looks all the more appealing thanks to her sporty bod).


Photo: Getty

IN PICTURES: Best Olympics-inspired fashion buys

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