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Models always have that angry look, it seems.

CNOSF apparently decided to part ways with longtime sponsor Adidas. Bad enough for it already lost FFF to Nike but since regained France's rugby federation. What's going to be the Lacoste medal stand look?

Lacoste France 2014 Jeux Olympiques d'Hiver fashion vid

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JOC Reveals Official Clothing for the Sochi Winter Olympics


The Japanese representatives will wear navy training jackets at commendation ceremonies and press conferences. On the back of the jacket, the gold-lettered "JAPAN" is printed.

The athletes can easily adjust temperatures by the detachable down jacket inside.


At the opening and closing ceremony, the Japanese Olympians will wear hooded white long coats that will keep them warm in the cold Russian city.




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That's true. Totally exchangeable and forgettable - looks like one has seen those uniforms a dozen of times before. But it's quite a tradition in Japan to avoid bolder fashion statements in the Olympics, isn't it? I just remind of the traditional "red and white" combination the Japanese athletes wore at opening ceremonies for decades (also in London 2012).

Japan's fashion statements in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 were a little bit too bold, however:



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Olympic Team USA uniforms get Made in USA label


NEW YORK (AP) — Team USA will now wear the Made in the USA label. Every article of clothing made by Ralph Lauren for the U.S. Winter Olympic athletes in Sochi, including their opening and closing ceremony uniforms and their Olympic Village gear, has been made by domestic craftsman and manufacturers.

During the 2012 games in London, it was a flashpoint in the media and among Washington politicians that much of the U.S. apparel was made overseas, especially in China.

Ralph Lauren Corp., which has been making most of the athletes' clothes since 2008 when it took over from Canadian clothier Roots, got the message.

"We have worked incredibly hard as a company to go across America to find the best partners to help us produce the Olympic uniforms at the highest quality for the best athletes in the world," said David Lauren, the company's executive vice president of advertising, marketing and corporate communications.

They used more than 40 vendors, from ranchers in the rural West to yarn spinners in Pennsylvania to sewers in New York's Garment District for the closing ceremony outfits unveiled Tuesday. The ensemble includes a navy peacoat with a red stripe, a classic ski sweater with a reindeer motif and a hand-sewn American flag, and a tasseled chunky-knit hat.

(Individual clothes for competition are made by different, mostly athletic-gear brands, depending on the sport, technical aspects and sponsorship deals. Those outfits didn't seem part of the earlier overseas outcry, but some companies, such as The North Face, which is making the freeskiing uniforms, have committed to U.S. manufacturing, too.)

Figure skater Evan Lysacek, who won gold in Vancouver in 2010, said the ceremonial uniforms make the athletes stand a little prouder.

"As an athlete, the clothing means even more than you'd think. The training, the sacrifices, the lifestyle, which is not glamorous and can be grueling and trying at times, all seem to come together in the moment when you realize you are part of the Olympic team," he said. "The moment you put on those first pieces of the American team clothes, you feel like it's real."




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Is that Lysacek? He looks like a grinch there.

Re US outfits, well, if they don't look particularly stylish, it's because they're made at cost...and Ralph Lauren doesn't even break even being the Official Outfitter of the US Team. I'm sure if the USOC allowed him to make a little profit, he could come up with even BETTER outfits.

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US Luge unviels the "Racer" design, major winner of a fan vote, for Sochi today.


These were the four finalists below. Winning one is second left:


I guess it's OK. But black is the absence of color. I think a cobalt blue would've been so much nicer.

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Giorgio Armani Continues Partnership With Italian National Olympics Committee


Giorgio Armani and the Italian National Olympics Committee, or CONI, are continuing their partnership, with the Italian designer supplying the entire sports kit and formalwear ensembles for Italy’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In addition, Armani will outfit the Italian youth teams at the Youth Olympic Games and European Youth Olympic Festivals for the next three years.


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The Netherlands:





Fall 2013 – Suitsupply is getting into the Olympic spirit with a new capsule collection that captures the European fashion brand’s twin passions: craftsmanship and creativity. The colorful-yet-wearable take on traditional tailoring is built around an exclusive tweed check inspired by the Dutch national colors — as well as the deep orange turrets of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square and classic Russian paintings. “The collection has a definite Dutch feel with a twist of Russian luxury”, says Fokke de Jong, CEO and founder of the Amsterdam-based brand.

The collection consists of a blue knit wool jacket, a slim denim shirt, a check waistcoat, gray flannel cargo pants, and a bowtie — all of which go perfectly together or with Suitsupply’s rich, luxurious Fall/Winter collection. There are also several chic women’s pieces in the mix, including a cocktail dress made from the exclusive tweed check; a classic crop jacket; and a tailored check jacket, which pairs perfectly with a white oxford shirt, navy cardigan, and jeans. “While these pieces aren’t made to skate or ski jump in,” says de Jong, “this collection combines well with gold, silver and brass and is more than appropriate for collecting our medals.”




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