By Lorraine Candy
(Jacket by Isabel Marant Etoile, top by Vanessa Bruno, trousers by Joseph, shoes by Comptoir des Cotonniers – my Olympic footwear)
Our obsession with the Stella McCartney-clad Team GB knows no bounds this week. Short of making Team ELLE do the Usain Bolt salute every morning, I don’t think you would meet a more Olympic-dedicated and patriotic magazine team.
Personally, I’ve enjoyed trips to the gymnastics finals with designer Richard Nicoll Fashion East’s Lulu Kennedy (who used to compete on the vault, would you believe), been mesmerised by the men’s diving courtesy of Ralph Lauren, taken my eldest two daughters to the dressage (go Valegro, go!) and accompanied my husband James to the 400 metres men’s final.
On Sunday I am heading to the Olympics closing ceremony as a guest of Armani. If you follow Victoria Beckham on Twitter you’ll have some idea what may happen there (I know all the words to Spice Up Your Life is all I am saying).
I am a very lucky editor as this week has been filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Given my general interest in sport can usually be summed up by two words, David Beckham, I feel privileged to have witnessed so many historic sporting moments. It’s been emotionally exhausting. Tears? We’ve shed more than a few! We’ve loved the carnival atmosphere at the games and particularly enjoyed the USA’s Ryan Bailey ‘catwalking’ before the 100 metres men’s final.
September cover girl Rosie Huntington-Whiteley sent every member of the ELLE covers team flowers. This doesn’t always happen. She’s so very well brought up and that’s why we love her!
Olympic fashion? It's a walk in the park with these wedged high tops by Replay
Sporty AND stylish, Converse working the metallic trend
Every time I talk to men about the Olympics, they reel off a list of statistics. It makes me cross because I don’t know more. So I asked the ELLE team to compile some Olympic fashion facts you can reel off when anyone asks. Good to have the expert knowledge in your chosen field I think!
- Italy’s kit is designed by Giorgio Armani, while the national sailing team is dressed by Prada
- Germany’s 2012 outfits are blue for boys, pink for girls. Not sure we like this stereotyping
- Jamaica’s uniform is designed by Bob Marley’s daughter Cedella
- Hermès made the French equestrian team’s riding jackets. We want one of those for the front row
- The Czech Republic’s uniform includes wellies teamed with white shorts. You should not attempt this at home. Ever
- Nike’s turbospeed suit is the official kit for the USA track and field team. Nike says the outfit could take 0.023 seconds off 100 metre sprint times and are made from 13 recycled water bottles. Big tick. We will wear them to reach the front of the Mulberry sample sale queue!
And some Olympic fashion facts from previous years:
- Uniforms worn by the USA team at the Lake Placid games in New York in 1980 were designed by Levi Strauss. Levi Strauss designed the uniforms again at the Sarajevo games in 1984
- Adidas has provided the kit for British athletes since 1984
- Vera Wang designed the skating outfits for USA Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan in the 1992 and 1994 games
- Tennis star Venus Williams designed a hat for McDonalds’ employees to wear while serving food during the 2004 Games
- Greek designer Sophia Kokosalaki designed the costumes for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Athens Games in 2004
I’m not sure what we’ll all talk about next week, but these should keep you going during the ad breaks for the closing ceremony.
This week the editor has mostly been:
Downloading the Moodboardpro app on the iPad
Looking forward to reading Alison Taylor’s new novel The Still Single Papers: The Fearless Musings of a Romantic Adventurer Aged 321/2. Alison used to work in the ELLE features department and always dreamt of writing a novel. Now she has and has thanked me for encouraging her. Be brave and start yours today
Listening to a preview of Jessie Ware’s debut album, Devotion, out on 20 August