Friday, February 19, 2010

Olympic Fashion Faux Pas

Ok, confession time: I love the Olympics.

I don't know why. I can't stand watching most sports and though I'm a regular at the gym and do yoga twice a week, I have zero interest in athleticism and even less so in patriotic pride.

Maybe it's the high emotions. Or maybe it's the fashion faux pas.

Ill-fitting retro jackets? Faux Pas.

I have grimaced every time a Canadian has stepped onto the podium. Sporting that ill-fitting quilted jacket and topped with an unshapely red and white toque, each medallist has struggled to raise their arms above their heads. And I bet they're all made in China, too. Such a shame...

Cultural Appropriation? Faux Pas.

As a closet-ice-dance-lover I was rendered speechless upon seeing the outfits sported during the "Original Dance" whose theme was "Folk Dance". Apparently cultural-appropriation is the look du jour when the whole world is watching.

I have no words for this. And this is the supposed improved version after they offended Australian aborigines with their brown-face and extra ridiculous "war paint" markings.

Faux Pas or the bleeding edge of stylish?

Love 'em or hate 'em, atleast Norway's curling pants are interesting.

Australia gets my vote for best speedskating garb, though an honorary mention goes to Japan's blingin' gold and black.

Stylish bling. Never a fashion faux pas.

On the positive side, some respectful nods go to the artwork. I'm loving the wooden podiums by James Lee & Leo Obstbaum.

And the medals, designed by Corrine Hunt and Omer Arbel, are a design first.

The medals are unique, and not flat, two firsts for Olympic medals. Each medal is a piece of a larger artwork, and the waves represent that breathtaking BC landscape.


  1. My fave fashion moment was commentary to the pairs skate last week. They both came out in blue lame pantsuits and commentators start off with comments like, "hrm, interesting". As the pair finish and leave the rink, one of the commentators - who clearly can't resist - says, "I'm sorry but you do NOT come to the Olympics dressed like that." LOL

  2. hee hee! i saw those. AMAZING. I did try finding a photo of it to include here...

  3. i was also shocked at the 'folk dance' theme and ensuing outfits. wow. just wow.