Olympic Fashion

The Olympic Uniforms: 2012

My beautiful home city of London is playing host to the Olympic Games this year (news for those living under a rock) and the city is full of sports lovers from all over the world. Despite the whole sports thing, it seems like the beauty and fashion industries have made a point to get involved, as well. Though I have never watched The Games before, even I found myself excited and live-tweeting through the entire Opening Ceremony. I must have type-vomited over 50 tweets; not a topic left unturned – naughty MP comments, Mr Bean, Opening Ceremony fashion…

I have to say, each country’s uniforms were a riot all on their own. This year, the looks ranged from preppy to pretty, boring to controversial. The biggest fuzz was made about the US Team uniform: white trousers and skirts with a navy blue blazer designed by Ralph Lauren. Minimalist, patriotic, and a bit of a snooze. Though the Ivy League-looking ensemble didn’t tick the style boxes, the big controversy was actually down the the fact that these patriotic uniforms were “Made in China”.

When it came to my home country, the Opening Ceremony outfits for Team GB were a little bit “Jimmy Saville” (long live the high shine shell suit). The saving grace came from Stella McCartney’s competitive uniforms and Next’s  formal wear. A noticeable departure from gold lamé, the formal wear is a dapper blend of navy professionalism and flight attendant chic. After all, as an Olympian there is nothing better than throwing on a watch from Panterai and being able to have a “Flight Captain” costume party outfit for years to come. Bang for your Olympic buck!

Fashion done right

The motherland of fashion, France, did everything right with their uniforms. White shirts and trousers, deep navy blazers, and red shoes (they completed the tricolour). In true Parisian style, they worked with something very elegant, simple and stylish. You would never expect that these understated ensembles were designed by Adidas. Not to say they abandoned their sartorial empire – on the other hand, the incredible french label Hermès is responsible for the nation’s equestrian outfits. You simply can’t top that! Once again, I am taking a look at Chrono24.com to complete the look (with an Audemars Piguet, sweetie darling). Something about sportswear and shiny timepieces…

While Italy also added a designer touch to their uniform – sup, Armani – there is only one country that qualifies to take the cake in the Fashion Olympics. That country is Cook Islands. With their floral headbands (a la Lana del Rey) and Jonathan Saunders-inspired batik prints, these guys are obviously going for the sartorial gold.

What has been your favourite style moment of London 2012, so far?

designer sale

The majority of us – post-recession and all – don’t get the opportunity to splash out on designer gear. Even if we wanted to, it provides somewhat of a social issue to throw a £3,000 jacket on the credit card.

This is why I love sales. Always an advocate for high-end designers, sales provide me with a beautiful bridge between budget and luxury talent. One of my absolute favourite things to buy on the high-end (as mentioned in my book) are mix-and-match pieces. The kind of special pieces that provide somewhat “classic” shapes, have a little je ne sais quoi, yet work in a varied selection of outfits. Cost per wear, and all that jazz.

Thankfully, this designer sale season has a lot of things on offer.

My Personal Style Edit (above):

– It is a rare and wonderful thing to find a Burberry trench coat on sale, considering they are the most fabulous and well-constructed trenches in the world. This one is a steal, and almost a perfect replica of Audrey Hepburn’s (or should I say Holly Golightly’s) coat in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. You can find Burberry at farfetch.com

– Bodycon may be something of a trend, but a dress that nips in your every inch will be a favourite for years to come. The colours make a statement, and a dress like this – with so much detail around the bodice – will even work as a top under business layers. I chose the Herve Leger Scuba dress at Shopbop.

– The kind of jewellery that your great-great-great granddaughters will love to inherit? Pieces like this Oscar de la Renta necklace at The Outnet. Day…night…sleep…shower…I don’t think I could take it off!

– As much as I love statement shoes, a lady can’t go wrong with a fantastic black heel. My-Wardrobe have these Pedro Garcia peep-toes online for a complete STEAL!

– Last but not least, Stella McCartney at Net-a-Porter. Conversation pieces are the classics that no-one can forget.

leighton meester

This week, Leighton Meester was back on the set of ‘Gossip Girl’ and spurring on the very ‘nowyellow trend of Spring 2012 while filming with co-star Ed Westwick in New York City. Her lemon-hued coat was worn over a floral-print dress from Peter Som‘s Spring/Summer collection.

To toe the look, Leighton was dressed in maroon Mary Jane pumps by Miu Miu and a matching cross-body handbag from Stella McCartney. Finished with a bun and pearls, this is a total go-to for ‘colour meets ladylike’.

leighton meester prada

Probably my favourite look from Leighton Meester as of late was the ensemble she wore to attend a screening of ‘The Woman Dress’. The film was a short, directed by Giada Colagrande, that was part of a series of films that explore women’s love affair with Miu Miu. Leighton’s Prada Spring/Summer 2012 dress was a divine choice for her shape, and an unexpected choice for a Miu Miu event.

The version she wore had a deeper plunge and an altered print to the runway version, but the lemon-coloured skirt was untouched. I think I actually prefer this bodice to the runway version.

leighton meester amfar

For the beginning of Fashion Week, Leighton attended the amfAR New York Gala wearing a Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2012 dress. This dress was one of my favourites of the season, so I am ecstatic that Leighton ended up wearing it on the red carpet. Critics, however, seem to have quite a problem with her hair at this event.

A garment perhaps a little too fashion-forward for such soft, feminine curls? The Louis Vuitton sequined bag she carried was gorgeous, but I may have to agree, the hair and shoes weren’t as edgy as I would hope for with the styling of this dress.

leighton meester vera wang

On her way to Vera Wang’s show for Autumn/Winter 2012, Leighton wore a Stella McCartney A/W 2010 Coat, green printed Vera Wang V-Neck Dress, yellow Giuseppe Zanotti Cutout Suede Sandals, and the Bvlgari Serpenti handag. Street style at it’s best – the ‘girly curls’ really work here.

Ab Fab
It’s finally time! After what seems like a seven year wait – oh…it has been seven years – Absolutely Fabulous is coming back to television! Though the Christmas specials were announced earlier in the year, it has just been confirmed that Stella McCartney and Emma Bunton (that’s Baby Spice, to us) will both be making cameos, as well.

“It’s not exactly my idea of fun, but it’s Ab Fab, and how can you say no to Ab Fab? I’m sure I’ll be terrifying, but, you know.”
– Stella McCartney

Stella’s part will supposedly take place in a scene where Patsy and Edina visit a Stella McCartney store, while Baby Bunton will be playing a friend of Edina’s perpetually suffering daughter, Saffron.

Check out Edina getting social in the trailer, sweetie darling.