The Ralph Lauren attire designed for the US team at the Olympic Open and Closing ceremonies have gotten folks a little worked up. True, they do look pretty cheap. There is also the fact that RL had the goods manufactured at an operation (sweat shop?) in China and not on American soil. I don't necessarily see the need for controversy. The suits aren't nearly as objectionable as what some of the Project Runway designers produced in a similar design challenge on the Bravo program.
Reflecting the brand's trademark sensibility, the Opening Ceremony uniforms evoke the heritage and legacy of the 1920's and 1930's. With a polished and tailored silhouette, the ensemble is comprised of a white cotton shirt and ivory cuffed pants, complemented by a wool navy blazer, with the iconic Polo Pony and the 2008 U.S. 'Look of the Team' logo. The outfits are accented by with red, white and blue silk ties and scarves and classic canvas sneakers with red and blue lateral stripes, topped off with a white twill "newsie" hat. In addition to designing the Official Opening Ceremony Parade Outfits for the U.S. Olympic Team, Polo Ralph Lauren has also created their Closing Ceremony Parade Outfits, as well as an assortment of village wear pieces. Lauren also created pieces for George H.W. Bush, the U.S. team's honorary captain (and the grandfather
of Lauren's girlfriend, Lauren Bush). Bush Sr. is getting his own opening
ceremony uniform, his blazer embroidered with his title. The items are available for sale online HERE (click images to enlarge)