The press release read: “Polo Ralph Lauren is pleased to announce that Brooklyn and Romeo Beckham wore the children’s Wimbledon blazer by Ralph Lauren to the christening of Geri Halliwell’s daughter Bluebell, 22nd April 07.”
It added, “Please note that these photos are not the property of Polo Ralph Lauren, for reference only”, and told of where to buy pictures.
Yikes. The Beckhams protect their children from the paparazzi, and they didn’t appreciate their kids being exploited, and at a private event at that.
After some backpedaling on the part of Ralph Lauren, a spokesperson for the company says the issue has been resolved (likely by showering the Beckhams with plenty of free clothes).
Hmmm. You folks behind all this are pretty smart. Way to keep the Wimbledon brand buzzing. First you announce equal pay for men’s and women’s winners (this, after decades of standing your ground to pay the men more). Then you make your 2007 total prize money the largest payout for a single sporting event. Then you ruffle the feathers of the UK power couple, who has been outed as having Wimbledon Ralph Lauren in their closet. Now those blazers are going to be the next Crocs.
(Oh yeah, Damian Hurley, Elizabeth‘s son, has been spotted with the blazer, too.)