Archive for August 11th, 2008

at the opening ceremonies, asian inspiration

August 11, 2008

Best in show: The Swedes used their flag’s blue and yellow palette on a mandarin collar dress worn as a top over white pants. LOVE IT. Bonus points for the paper fan.

The men wore a similar color scheme under a blue jacket.

The French women failed at their attempt to fuse Asian and French fashion with their uniforms. (but they did so well with Vietnamese cuisine!). In this case the sashes and berets do not mix. Thankfully, the men tempered this with a classic blazer-and-skinny-pants outfit.

The Hudson Bay Company clothed the Canadian athletes in a Chinese-inspired red/white graphic polo with matching messenger bags.

A close-up of their maple leaf sneakers.

(Images by Getty Images)

I’m a milkmaid from the future. I come in peace.

August 11, 2008

Jelena Jankovic wore a specially designed red dress for the her opening Olympic singles match, beating Zimbabwe’s Cara Black 6-3, 6-3. The Reebok dress’ loudest feature is a laurel wreath design on the front.

“It’s a special dress for the Olympics. So it’s quite cool. I received a lot of compliments from the girls and from the people around here,” she said. “It’s a little bit different to what I used to wear. But you get so wet from sweating. That’s not so nice — too much humidity!”

More: Two more pics after the cut…

Who is Michael Phelps again?

August 11, 2008

More on opening ceremony outfits:

The Brits, led by hunky swimmer Mark Foster (jesus!), sported a single-breasted three-button jacket that worked well for the tall members of their contingent. See the women’s version here.

olympics: nike in red, white, and blue

August 11, 2008

TSF’s sad that we won’t get to see Maria Sharapova in her kit for the Beijing Olympics. So we’ll have to do with what we’re given:

Serena Williams wears a patriotic version of the Doubles Dress that she debuted earlier this year. In her first Olympics singles match ever (she won gold in doubles with Venus in 2000), she took out Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-3, 6-1.

Zheng Jie took advantage of playing on her home court in her win over Hungarian Agnes Szavay.

Notice the ghosted pattern on the back panel of the top. (Thanks for a reader’s help with this one.)

Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova brushed aside veteran Ai Sugiyama 6-2 7-5.

(images via Getty Images)

olympics: venus tries contrast stitching

August 11, 2008

American Venus Williams tries out contrast stitching for her latest EleVen outfit, this one for the Beijing Olympics. The gold medalist (2000 Sydney Games) beat Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky 6-3, 6-2 in the first round.

(image by Getty Images)

olympics: adidas standard issue + country kits

August 11, 2008

Here’s a look at the black and white Olympics standard issue by adidas that we wrote about last week. Thankfully, the kits they’ve provided individual federations are much more colorful. Here are three below:

Andy Murray put aside his Fred Perry to wear the uniform provided by the LTA.

And the French team showed off a variety of pieces, including this polo on Michael Llodra

…this tank on Gael Monfils

…and the women’s separates on Pauline Parmentier.

And Chris Guccione and the rest of the Australians get a version in their national sports colors: green and yellow.

(images by Getty Images)

mishits: the american men bore me

August 11, 2008

After that great Wimbledon kit, which had James Blake looking really classy, is this bagginess really all that Nike could do for American’s debut at the Olympics?

Since Under Armour isn’t really known for pushing the fashion envelope, we’ll let this one slide, Robby

Gineps lost to Nole 6-4, 6-4 in the first round, while James beat Chris Guccione 6-3, 7-6 (3).

(images via Getty Images)

olympics: rafa nadal

August 11, 2008

The Spaniard opened his Olympic run with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 win over Italian Potito Starace. He followed that up with a doubles victory with teammate Tommy Robredo against the Swedish team of Robin Soderling and Jonas Bjorkman.

Here’s a look at his Nike tank from the back.

(photo by Getty Images)

olympics – opening ceremonies

August 11, 2008

Olympic fever has hit us at TSF, too. I’m sure you’ve seen the opening ceremonies, or at least clips of it (we loved the movable type sequence).

Here’s a quick look at country uniforms, worn during the athletes’ march around the Bird’s Nest.

Nole and Ana Ivanovic marched for Serbia. Ana has pulled out of the Olympic draw because of a persistent inflammation in her right hand.

As flagbearer for Chile, Fernando Gonzalez dons traditional attire in his walk around the National Stadium.

Roger Federer carried the Swiss flag. The rest of the team wore a khaki sports jacket to round out their uniform.

Agi Szavay and the Hungarians went floral for the opening ceremony.

David Ferrer and Rafa Nadal were among the Spanish players marching.

We loved the fans and the Li Ning purses, but someone should have altered Rafa’s jacket…

OTHER NOTABLES

We were hoping that Filipinas would wear the female version of the barong, a traditional Filipino costume…

Kobe Bryant totally rocked the Polo Ralph Lauren-designed American uniform.

Kiwi flagbearer goes with a fur cape, while his compatriots wear demure black.

Bright colors on Estonia.

The Finnish women wear a contemporary print.

The Bermudans wear knee-high socks!!

Monaco’s Mathias Raymond, in blue, and Luxembourg in light brown.

Other blue: Vietnam goes with a deep royal blue, Russia puts it on their men (including flagbearer Andrei Kirilenko), Australia goes with a shimmer, and Iraq goes with aqua.

Iran in green.

Italians say safe and simple with their well-tailored uniform. Skinny ties! Cargo pants, though? I would have wanted to see a Ferragamo satchel…


Orange is always tough, so kudos to the Dutch for incorporating it wonderfully into their walk around the stadium.

Other faves: Georgia in clean white.

MISHITS

The Venezuelans showed up for American Gladiators casting call.

As expected by me, the Chinese showed up in a tacky uniform fitting for a McDonald’s employee.

Other mishits: the wrinkly silver Lithuanian blazer, we really expected more than a navy jacket from the Japanese.

Too bad the Afghans weren’t cloaked in a cape like President Hamid Karzai.

(all images via Getty Images)


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