Olympic Fashion Review – SZ Magazin

Olympic Fashion Review - SZ Magazin

Postponement of the Olympic Games by a year, underground approval ratings in the Japanese population, a staging in front of empty grandstands: the Tokyo 2020/21 Summer Games are already one of the most memorable sporting events of all. And so it only fits into the picture that the dress codes prevalent there are also a matter of discussion. Including: little inclusive prohibition of swim caps specially designed for natural afro hair, exclusion Swimsuits with bear motifs for Russian synchronized swimmers competing under neutral conditions (“Very Russian”), gratifying permission A band in rainbow colors for German hockey captain Nike Lorenz.

What is worn at the Olympics is political – including the selection and design of country-specific Olympic uniforms. This year, refreshingly enough, the best don’t come from the really big sporting nations, nor from those who have traditionally required rich fashion expertise for their looks (such as Armani for Italy, France for Ben Sherman for Lacoste, Great Britain). We took a look at the most interesting designs.

Liberia’s Olympic team at the opening ceremony.

Photo: Getty Images

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Telfar to Liberia
Telfar Clemens is one of the hottest fashion designers right now. The designer’s synthetic leather “shopping bags” have been worn exclusively by Bella Hadid, Dua Lipa, Oprah Winfrey and any other self-respecting person in the fashion world over the years, which is why the model is nicknamed “Bushwick Birkin”. . (pointing to the hip part of Brooklyn where Telfar is located).

Now the Liberian-American Designer Has Carry the Equipment for the Liberian Olympic Teams largest external investmentWhich his still ambitious company has ever done. Result? Unisex designs such as a tank top with spaghetti straps, a floor-length basketball tunic with matching palazzo trousers or an asymmetrical top with a free shoulder. Liberia competes in Tokyo with just one runner and two runners and one of them poorest country on earthBut no one can take away the title of the best Olympic outfits ever from a West African state.

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Worn by: Gen-Z’s Fluid Brooklyners, Soon Fashionably Informed Around the World
Worn without: bra, long established gender idea

Kim Kardashian for USA
The official outfit for the US Olympic team has been from Ralph Lauren since 2008 and looks exactly as one would expect: preppy, American, as if built for performance at an elite college or golf course. The underwear and pajamas outfit is more interesting for Team USA — in 2021, no one will be responsible for it other than Kim Kardashian with her shapewear brand Skims. The designs are generally skim: close-fitting, staged in a contemporary manner, in rather restrained »grey« tones and with subtle prints. Of course, social media pro Kardashian used the announcement on Instagram for an emotionally-charged story (she understood the Olympian’s devotion to her because her stepfather, Bruce Jenner, won gold in the 1976 decathlon) and Of course you can buy parts as well. Buy online shop directly – through brands – but isn’t that part of the (modern) American dream?

Worn by: All the members of the Kardashian/Jenner clan and therefore their millions of followers very soon
Worn with: Lots of makeup (even from our own house), extensions, protein shake

denim to canada
Yes, the combination of a denim jacket and trousers is also called a “Canadian tuxedo,” but do you want to design your own Olympic outfit out of blue fabric? The great idea came around the corner with such collections as the Canadian retailer Hudson’s Bay, which is officially responsible for crafting the Olympic team, and streetwear, including a Levi’s denim jacket with a graffiti print. » Tokyo is known for its street art and fashion. We pay homage to this with the collection’s essentials – the always cool denim jacket, « it says official statement For launch last summer. Notably, the intentional-looking doodle was met with little enthusiasm on the Internet (“Canada has already lost the Olympics with this jacket”, it was said among other things). The youth culture featured in the series has rarely worked out well.

Worn by: Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake 2001, football players on vacation in Ibiza
Worn with: Luxurious luxury clock, Dsquared2 cap, Banksy print in the living room

bermuda shorts for bermuda
Bermuda has implemented the motto of “the country’s item of clothing” for the Olympics in a more tasteful way. The British Overseas Territory, with approximately 64,000 residents, is known worldwide for the shorts that are also worn there as business clothing. When entering the Olympic Games (including the Winter Games), athletes typically wear red Bermuda shorts. In Tokyo, male athletes now appeared in trendy models in pale pink (also a clothing symbol for more queer?), paired with over the knee socks, lace-up boots and a dark blue jacket with shirt and tie. Gone and looked like they had just jumped Thom Browne off the catwalk. And the results of the games are impressive too: A few days ago, triathlete Flora Duffy won the first Olympic gold in Bermuda history.

Worn by: Thom Browne, Pharrell Williams, Ella Emhoff, students wearing school uniforms in the summer
Worn with: tight calves

Japan: For the first time, the Olympic and Paralympic teams have worn the same uniform.

Photo: DPA

all together for japan
Against the backdrop of recent criticism (drastic enforcement of the Games in Tokyo against the wishes of the local population, non-transparent allocation of venues) like a gestureWhich must first be filled with life. Japan has already taken a step towards inclusion, at least in terms of clothing policy. However, Aoki’s Olympic outfit, one of the nation’s largest clothing retailers, is visually unappealing (a combination of a light blazer with trousers, skirt or culotte in red), the first time being exactly the same uniform for the Olympics. and Paralympic teams in Japan. A good step in the field of adaptive and barrier free fashion.

Worn by: All Japanese participants in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, without exception
Worn with: Wheelchairs, prostheses – or without

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