There’s no doubt that the competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics has been fierce, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the fierce fashion as well. Even a shared time frame with New York (and London, and Milan) Fashion Week, didn’t deter designers and stylists alike from tuning in to the enthralling games in Sochi. That’s why we enlisted the top tastemakers in the industry, including the likes of celebrity stylist Elizabeth Stewart and designer Rachel Zoe, to call out the best of the best in Olympic fashion. From German figure skater Aliona Savchenko’s Pink Panther costume to Ralph Lauren‘s patriotic Opening Ceremony uniforms, see the top six gold medal-worthy moments.
First, sweatshirts got a makeover, and now it looks as though sweatpants have too. No longer relegated for those lazy stay-at-home days or intensive gym sessions, drawstring loungers are seeing the light of day—an effort pioneered by some major designers for fall/winter 2014. Ralph Lauren added a touch of luxe to a pair of white joggers, pairing it with a soft-yet-sharp pale pink double-breasted blazer. The Mulleavy sisters of Rodarte pushed the envelope this season, not only by screen-printing Star Wars characters on floor-sweeping gowns, but also by tucking sweaters into high-waisted sweats. And at Ruffian, Brian Wolk and Claude Morais took a walk on the glam side, elevating casual bottoms into evening wear status.
At Alexander Wang‘s super high-tech show, it was nice to see that sweats hold a special place in the future. On the other end of the spectrum, Michael Kors and Scott Sternberg (of Band of Outsiders) had the same idea, playing it casual with matching sets. Anything that fuses style and comfort has our vote.
This Week’s Wow: After Hundreds of Collections and Several Snowstorms, NYFW Ends With Its Hottest Show YetFeb 14, 2014 @ 12:10 pm
In this weekly feature, InStyle’s Fashion News Director Eric Wilson shares his favorite fashion moment of the week, and explains how it could shape styles to come. Look for it on What’s Right Now every Friday.
Pictured, from left to right: Runway shows at Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, and Calvin Klein.
The Moment: New York’s Fashion Week ended with a snowstorm on Thursday, a fresh layer of white stuff on the streets and, on the runways, a layer of gray. It made for a tough commute, but no one missed Ralph Lauren‘s morning presentation that was heavy on pewter silk evening dresses, including one with a dramatic cape attached and another in pale silvery pink (with a slightly pinker lining) that was so perfect it demands placement on the Oscars red carpet.
Location: St. John’s Center, 560 Washington Street
Notable Guests: Kim Basinger, Lauren Bush Lauren
What was it like: The fashion flock traded in their stilettos for snow boots and braved a major blizzard to get to Ralph Lauren’s morning show. Once inside, guests warmed up in the winter white ballroom-like setting, complete with enormous crystal chandeliers.
Why we love this collection: For the first time, the designer showed his Polo collection right alongside his main collection. As Lauren expressed in his show notes, “I love the contrast of Polo’s cool eclectic spirit with the luxury and modern glamour of Collection.” From Polo, we saw a chic mix of layered looks, like dresses over leggings worn with blazers and scarves, topped off with sky-high hiking boots. From Ralph Lauren Collection, the look was all-out glamour, including a handful of gowns we’d love to see on the Oscar red carpet next month. After Lupita Nyong’o's buzzed-about red caped Ralph Lauren look from this year’s Golden Globes, we were thrilled to see the designer offer a new take on this bold style for fall, this time re-imagined in dreamy gray silk.
— Violet Gaynor
And the countdown has begun! There’s only a little more than a week left until the fall/winter 2014 collections debut at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which means you only have a finite amount of time to memorize the schedule before the fashion frenzy hits Manhattan (and Brooklyn, this time around). Read ahead for a breakdown of when and where your favorite designers are showing this season.
There weren’t any shades of gray at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Instead, the black-and-white combo once again made a reappearance on the red carpet, but this time in unexpected forms. Madonna sported the contrasting colors in a menswear-inspired look (courtesy of Ralph Lauren and hand-picked by son David), donning a black cady double-breasted tuxedo jacket, complete with a crisp optic-white button-down and black double-faced wool pants.
Katy Perry stood out in her ethereal Valentino Couture gown—an all-white frothy tulle creation that doubled as a music sheet sprinkled with a medley of notes. Paula Patton took advantage of the statement-making shades with a fierce look in a body-hugging zebra-print number. With a string of award shows left of the season, we’re definitely expecting to see more of these classic colors.
Great style runs in the family! At the 2014 Grammy Awards, Madonna and her son David hit the carpet in matching Ralph Lauren tuxedos — a look styled by David himself. “I followed his lead,” Madonna told Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet. “He dressed me tonight. He wanted me to dress like him, so I obeyed him.” True to her avant-garde sartorial choices, Madge wore a set of gold grills. “I wear it when it matches my outfit, when I don’t have to eat. Actually, I’ve learned to eat with my grill in,” she said. Is there anything Madonna can’t do? David, however, went without the accessory. “She said she’d get me grills this birthday,” David told Seacrest just before his mother chimed in. “We haven’t had time! We have to go to the dentist to get a mold,” she said. Grills or no grills, we think the duo’s coordinating outfits are too cute. See what everyone else wore to the 2014 Grammys in our gallery!
Ralph Lauren debuted the village wear and closing ceremony looks for Team USA’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes back in October, and now they have revealed the Official Opening Ceremony Parade Uniforms. The head-to-toe looks will be worn by Team USA as they open the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia on Friday, February 7th. ”It is a privilege to be a part of dressing Team USA during the Sochi Games,” states David Lauren, the brand’s Executive VP of Advertising, Marketing and Corporate Communications. “It’s a proud moment for us to watch these premier athletes as they walk out representing our nation on a global stage in front of billions of people worldwide.”
As for the uniforms themselves? The are very patriotic and feature a cozy cardigan paired with a cream cotton turtleneck sweater, slim-fitting white fleece athletic pants, a wool reindeer hat, sporty black leather boots with red laces, and a cotton belt accented with graphic jacquard tape. The meticulously knit patchwork cardigan is clearly the statement piece of the look, and is emblazoned with stars and spirited graphics in a classic color palette of red, white and navy. The variety of special touches on the cardigan are meant to mirror the many hands and vendors across the country that helped Ralph Lauren produce its entire Team USA wardrobe right here in the United States, while the patchwork collage represents the American athletes who each have their own unique story to tell. We think the uniform confidently says “Made in America,” and can’t wait to see Team USA rock the look at the Winter Games.
If you’re feeling the Olympic spirit, you can buy the entire outfit for yourself at ralphlauren.com—and, for the first time 100% of the purchase price of the Team USA Opening Ceremony Cardigan will be donated to the U.S. Olympic Committee, the organization responsible for funding Team USA..
Scroll through our gallery to see all your favorite celebrities wearing Ralph Lauren.