IT’S IN THE BAG

If you think the Olympics are ex­empt from fash­ion’s reach, you’d be wrong. The open­ing cer­e­mony has turned into a cat­walk with teams sport­ing de­signer wear. Sooni Shroff-gan­der picks out what you need to look your best at the Games

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Adi­das re­cently un­veiled its kit for the Team Great Bri­tain ath­letes, strik­ingly de­signed by Stella Mccart­ney around a new but nostal­gic-feel­ing coat of arms. Far from minimal, Mccart­ney’s aes­thetic fea­tures sym­bolic lo­gos, pa­tri­otic em­blems, and a red, white and blue pal­ette, worn with red Boost train­ers. That’s Team GB’S at­tire.

The US ath­letes are ready on the sar­to­rial front, too, with Polo Ralph Lau­ren’s de­signs for the clos­ing cer­e­mony pa­rade fea­tur­ing uni­forms with a clas­sic, sporty all-amer­i­can look. Think pony-em­bla­zoned but­ton-downs, chino shorts and pa­tri­otic ac­ces­sories. It’s a bit of a Martha’s Vine­yard, yacht-club look—and if that’s what you’re into, the col­lec­tion is avail­able to non-olympians.

Canada’s Olympic and Par­a­lympic ath­letes will be get­ting the upscale de­signer treat­ment cour­tesy of home-grown la­bel Dsquared2, helmed by Toron­to­born, Lon­don-based twins Dean and Dan Caten. The col­lec­tion is em­bla­zoned with flags and lo­gos in Canada’s na­tional colours. The white shirt styled like a tail­coat in the back is pretty cool and has gen­er­ated some fairly ma­jor Twit­ter buzz. Swe­den has cho­sen H&M to de­sign a wide range of uni­forms for its Olympic and Par­a­lympic ath­letes in a su­per­cool light blue and yel­low gold combo for the open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies, as well as the ath­letic com­pe­ti­tions in between. It may not be haute, but it goes for the gold with panache.

Mean­while, France will step up to the podium with Felipe Oliveira Bap­tista’s de­signs for La­coste in the blue, white and red of the French flag. The cut is nar­row, close to the body and preppy. Not sur­pris­ingly, the Olympic col­lec­tion has had a knock-on ef­fect on La­coste’s spring line, which has a sim­i­lar colour pal­ette, so you can adopt the Olympic look as well.

So while the Olympics may not be known for be­ing the big­gest fash­ion event of the year, it doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of de­signer style around. Whether you’re go­ing to Rio this year to do the lam­bada in the streets, sup­port your na­tion or your fam­ily, or just to watch the world’s great­est ath­letes make his­tory, make sure you’re do­ing it in style—you’ll be in the com­pany of 206 coun­tries com­pet­ing for 4,924 medals across 42 sports, all in just 17 days. You’d bet­ter look the part— and if you need some help, check out our guide on the right.

1. Lug­gage Line

Travel in style with renowned lug­gage maker Globe-trot­ter’s hand­crafted, lim­ited edi­tion luxe lug­gage col­lec­tion with the Stones’ lippy logo—if you can get your hands on it. It’s been cre­ated in celebration of Ex­hi­bi­tion­ism: The Rolling

Stones, tak­ing place at the Saatchi Gallery in Lon­don this sum­mer. The col­lec­tion went on sale in April; ru­mour has it that the range has al­ready sold out.

2. Carry On

Valex­tra’s lux­u­ri­ous Avi­etta lug­gage set has a num­ber of wheeled carry-on bags and trol­leys. They’re de­signed with Pirelli wheels, mean­ing you’ll make that flight no mat­ter what.

3. Sneaky Sneaks

What else do you need but this sea­son’s Yeezys by Adi­das? They’re the most de­servedly hyped kicks of the year; right now, the price for an au­then­tic pair of Kanye’s Yeezy Boost 350s looks to be push­ing US$2,800. Good luck get­ting them.

4. Swim Trunks

It’s go­ing to be the big­gest beach party ever at Copaca­bana, so make like Tom Da­ley and do it in Speedos; most car­i­o­cas wear them on the beach as well as when run­ning er­rands. If you don’t want it all on dis­play, try Frescobol Car­i­oca, set up by two Bri­tish stock­bro­kers in­spired by Brazil­ian beach cul­ture.

5. On your wrist

Go for gold with an Omega. In­stantly recog­nis­able by its blue leather strap with mul­ti­coloured stitch­ing in yel­low, green, red and black is Omega’s Bull­head Rio 2016 (pic­tured). The colours rep­re­sent the dis­tinc­tive Olympic rings, with the theme sub­tly con­tin­u­ing on the ro­tat­ing in­ner bezel. Only 316 pieces will be pro­duced: the num­ber 3 sig­ni­fies the third time golf will be played at the Olympics, while 16 of course rep­re­sents the year of the Games.

If you want some­thing more clas­sic, make sure to grab the Speed­mas­ter Mark II Rio 2016. With only 2,016 pieces pro­duced, this ex­cep­tional chrono­graph fea­tures three sub-di­als with a bronze ring, an 18K yel­low gold ring and a 925 sil­ver ring, to­gether rep­re­sent­ing those cov­eted medals.

6. made in The Shades

Hand­made sun­nies up your chances of be­ing papped at the Games. Favoured by Brangelina, each piece from the house of Bar­ton Per­reira is hand­made by skilled crafts­men us­ing the finest Ja­panese ma­te­ri­als, and is re­leased in very lim­ited edi­tions.

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