This fashion week, everyone was obsessed with gold accessories. And not just on the runways, we're talking about one item in particular: an Olympic medal.
Ryan Lochte made headlines when he hung out with Anna Wintour at Fashion's Night Out (and then touched her knee at the Ralph Lauren show). But then again, he is a Vogue cover boy who is launching his own collection. Sanya Richards-Ross, who won the gold medal in the 400m at the 2012 Olympics, hit up several shows, including Naeem Khan where the runner sweetly let us take her photo.
Aly Raisman, Conor Dwyer, Nathan Adrian and Alex Morgan are among the Olympians who also attended fashion week this season. Take a look at the photos below to see how America's finest athletes clean up for a spot in the front row.
Fashion is as much a spectator sport as swimming or gymnastics, and at the London Games, all eyes were on one of its top performers, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. From the lilac Roksanda Ilincic shift dress she wore to an Olympic reception to the Smythe blazer she displayed on multiple outings, her winning style scored a perfect ten in our book. See our slideshow below for our favorite looks from the 2012 Summer Olympics.
During the Olympics’ Opening Ceremony, Charlotte Olympia shoe designer Charlotte Dellal tweeted a TV screen shot of Team Brazil just as it was entering the stadium. That she is such a fan of the country is no surprise: Her mother, the well-known model Andrea Dellal, is a Rio de Janeiro native, and, as a child, the younger Dellal lived in Brazil’s second-largest city for a few years.
These days, Dellal, now based in London, frequently turns to her “home from home,” as she puts it, for design cues. Case in point, her resort collection. Called “Glamazon,” it includes ankle-strap shoes decorated with metallic swirls that mimic the Copacabana sidewalk, as well as platform sandals flaunting flamboyant heels—mini birdcages encasing painted metal parrots. “It’s such a vast country that you can get inspired from so many different things,” Dellal says. “The people are very inspiring. The music is fantastic, and Carnival is one of my favorite times of the year.”
Dellal is not alone in her love for all things Brazil. If the country is best known for Corcovado, “Girl From Ipanema” (cue the “tall and tan and young and lovely”) and Gisele Bündchen, a different kind of Brazil is now emerging. Fueled by a boom of both the financial and creative kinds, the country is making a real impact on the fashion and accessories worlds at multiple levels—from serving as a leading design and retail inspiration (even Macy’s held a spring promotion called “Brasil: A Magical Journey”) to becoming an emerging market for luxury brands.
Brazil Emerging as Luxury Force
“Brazil is enjoying an incredible GDP growth rate,” says Patrizio di Marco, global president and chief executive officer of Gucci, which has plans to open five stores there by the end of the year. “You have a number of high-net-worth individuals—similar to Russia and more than India—which says a lot about how important the market is. I think we’ll have more opportunities there.”
Gucci is among the luxury brands with outposts in the new JK Iguatemi mall in São Paulo, which opened in July; it unveiled a dedicated men’s store there, while the brand has two more stores offering men’s and women’s product in São Paulo, as well as one in Brasilia, with a Rio opening slated for later this year. Other brands at the JK Iguatemi include Van Cleef & Arpels, Lanvin, Miu Miu, Bulgari, Prada and Chanel.
Robert Burke, of consultancy Robert Burke & Associates, cites the explosion of creativity as a significant reason why the industry is taking notice. “Brazil represents a lot of sophistication, which people had underestimated in the U.S. before,” he says. “What fundamentally changed there is that it was a country dominated by local brands because of trade tariffs, but with Brazil’s economy, the number of ultrarich has grown. They travel internationally, and their appetite for international brands also grew—and so has their ability to buy these brands locally.”
Just as international labels are hitting cities like Rio and São Paulo, Brazilian fashion brands, including Melissa, Schutz and Jack Vartanian, are making inroads in the U.S. São Paulo-based shoe designer Alexandre Birman, whose family owns Arezzo & Co., one of Brazil’s leading women’s shoe companies (as well as the Schutz division), isn’t surprised by the new momentum. “Brazil was the first country to really get out of the financial crisis of 2008,” Birman says. “Our recovery was the fastest in the world, and that drove the attention of many investors to Brazil, who, consequently, brought money here, allowing [local] companies to gain in scale and to have the possibility to invest more overseas.”
Recently Planet Fashion had a super cool fashion event in London for the Olympics. We were lucky enough to meet celebrity hairstylist Stuart Phillips for the first time! He was one of our awesome party guests. Phillips has worked on tons of stars like Janice Dickinson, Serena Williams, Caprice, Bridgitte Neilson, Chris Noth (sex & the city), Ronnie Woods, Beverly Knight, Jamie Oliver, Jonathon Ross, Ivana Trump, Jayne Krakouski, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Girls Aloud and David Hasselhoff.
We just loved Stuart Phillips and will be filming some stories on him soon. For now though,
Check out his blog here:
I always notice people's watches. In fact, it's my personal opinion that your watch and your shoes make strong identity statements. Imagine a woman in jeans, a white t-shirt and converse sneakers. Now take that woman with that same outfit, jeans, a white t-shirt but instead wearing sparkly Christian Louboutin 6 inch heels. The identity has been changed, just by changing the accessory. Watches are a strong statement maker as well. Imagine the woman with the jeans, t-shirt and converse, also wearing a Hublot Big Bang 44mm porto cervo watch (the pink one with little diamonds), and now this woman is making a whole new statement.
We all know the pages in magazines, the TV shows, websites and even songs that have been dedicated to the admiration of shoes. Now watches are getting some glory. A new UK based magazine completely focused on whats cool in luxury watches has been launched. It's called Tempus Magazine. They provide readers with news and views on the whole wide world of watches – antique, vintage and modern. It's definitely trending. We even partnered with them on our Planet Fashion TV Style Event for the Olympics in Mayfair,
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Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, with 22 Olympic medals has a girlfriend, and she has recently been generating a lot of press for nabbing him. Meghan Rossee, a 25-year-old, blonde, L.A.-based model stands 5’10’’ and wears a size 2 dress. Not alot is known about her. But check out her pics here:
When we got to London we were surprised because the city was so quite. It was much more quiet than usual. Stores were kind of empty, and it was much easier than normal to get a taxi. The hotels, restaurants, and streets were empty. Prior to the Olympics, they scared off people with crowd excess warnings," Nouriel Roubini, economics professor at New York University's Stern School of Business, wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
Before the games began, British officials told Britons and foreign tourists without Olympics tickets to stay home because they feared overcrowding.
"By scaring everyone to stay out of London with warnings about too many people coming here it turns that London is totally empty, a zombie city," Roubini wrote.
I don't know about calling it a zombie city, but yes it was very quiet. Also the games themselves were mostly far east outside of the city. So if you were in central London (Buckingham Palace, Notting Hill, Oxford Circus, Knightsbridge etc. ) you were a 12 to 15 stop train ride away, or at least an hour and a half drive away from Olympic Village.
Anyway, one cool thing about being there during the Olympics is the same thing that's always cool about London, the international diversity of people! During the Olympics the vibe was even more global. Imagine people from every place in the entire world all in one place. Electric!
To me the biggest story was the Olympics ticket situation. A nightmare! We were press, but video press wasn't allowed anywhere in Olympic Village because of NBC exclusivity rights. But of course being in London during the Olympics we at least wanted to go and see events. This was truly a task of Olympic proportions, fitting I guess.
I'm sure you saw on TV, row after row of empty seats during top tier events. At less glamorous events (Weightlifting, Judo, Badminton, etc) there were even more empty seats.
Apparently, lots of seats were given away to corporate groups, who just didn't bother to go! At times they would try to re-issue seats online, but get this, if you were an American citizen you could not get them!! Re-issued and last minute release tickets were only available to UK/European citizens. These tickets were at face value, (80 dollars to 500 dollars). If you were American you had to buy tickets from scalper types for thousands.
Even parents of athletes could not get tickets. Olympic seats row: parents of athletes turned away from Aquatics Centre in confusion over London 2012 tickets
You could watch the outdoor stuff like Marathon, Triathlon, BMX, Sailing. Everyone went to those! It was packed. Also there were large screens set up in beautiful parks near the palace where people could picnic and watch all the Olympic coverage. Those were also packed.
Out and around Olympic Village was pretty fun though. They literally built a big walking mall filled with restaurants, shops and large TV screens encircling Olympic Village. People from all the different countries were in large groups and everyone made friends with everyone. Also you would routinely see Olympic Athletes from every country walking around the mall hanging out shopping or grabbing drinks!
Going back to the large groups of people from different countries, it was cute to see everyone done up in their national colors, wearing their country flag, face painted, manicures of their flag on their nails. Jamaican fans were in heaven with all the attention about the 100 meters and the insanely fast Jamaican team.
Another funny thing about being an American in London during the Olympics is that all the TV coverage was of things the British were winning, so lots of sailing, horse jumping, tennis. No basketball!!! Hardly any coverage of Gabby Douglas.
I will say that during the 100 meters final, every TV in every restaurant, home, bar, every party and every screen set up though out the city was tuned in. That was without a doubt "The" event. The TV ratings for it were some of the highest ever in England. The best thing to me was of course, the Planet Fashion TV Fashion Event in Mayfair.
London is always great, and it was cool to be apart of the Olympic experience. Looking forward to Brazil 2016!!
We can't let the Olympics pass without talking about Leryn Franco. She has gotten a lot of press for being one of the hottest Olympians ever. She is a Javelin thrower, but she is also a model. She's from Paraguay and she's even appeared in last years Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. In 2012 she achieved her personal best throw, 57.77 meters.Franco won the South American Junior Championship javelin title in 2001, and was the South American under-23 champion in 2004. This Olympics she came in 34th, but who cares she looks great doing it.
Last week, she was said to be 'embarrassed' and 'furious' at her husband for being photographed talking to two women while shirtless in a night club.
But today, on/off married couple Kobe and Vanessa Bryant looked like they were having a very fun time watching the final Olympic swimming match in London with their six-year-old daughter Gianna Maria-Onore.
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