London Olympics 2012

  • Celebs at the Olympic Games in London

    London 2012 OlympicsJust like any major world event, the entire media circuit will be tuned in to the Olympic Games in London over the next two weeks.  Such a high profile event has brought in multitudes of fans from around the globe to the cultural hub or London.  In preparation for the games, London has dedicated an entire summer festival to celebrating culture.  The London 2012 Festival has been running since June 21st and won’t end until September.  The Festival features thousands of performances, including well known musical groups, dance acts, comedy shows, and theater productions.

    Many celebrities are also taking part in the action around London this week by attending Olympic parties all over the city.  On Wednesday Muhammed Ali was the honored guest of a charity gala at the Victoria & Albert museum, raising money for Parkinson’s disease research, which the boxing legend has suffered from for 30 years.   Ali won gold at the Rome Olympics 52 years ago.

    Other Hollywood royals including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will be rubbing shoulders with diplomats and other stars at high-end clubs and private parties throughout the Olympic Games.    Nicole Kidman is reported to be attending some of the sporting events next week, and will be making appearances at other special events, including a publishing house launch party.

    Olympic Stadium London The Olympic Stadium in London will seat over 100,000 guests at Friday's opening ceremony.

    Of course the most important guest at the opening ceremonies will be Queen Elizabeth II who, as the head of state in the UK, will announce the official the start of the games.  The always charming Prince William will also be in attendance with his wife Kate and the entire royal family.  U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama will be in attendance, along with Republican candidate Mitt Romney.  Former Beatle Paul McCartney will also make an appearance Friday night as the closing act of the ceremonies.

    Those of us in America will have to wait until 7pm EST tonight to watch the Olympic Opening Ceremonies on NBC.  Rumors of what might happen at the event include a massive Voldemort being destroyed by Mary Poppins, and a spectacular appearance from James Bond himself.  It’s sure to be a night chuck full of British cultural references, so every Anglophile will definitely be in for a treat.

  • Team Olympics Fashion – London 2012 Olympic Uniforms

    Starting Friday, sports enthusiasts around the world will be cheering on their favorite Olympic team members, dressed in top-of-the-line clothes made specifically for the games.  Each Olympic year the best designers around the world are requisitioned to create uniforms that represent their countries personality.  By incorporating patriotic colors, and often the national flag, designers are able to make something special for athletes to feel pride while wearing throughout the games.  Some uniforms have hidden symbolism, while others are blatantly flashy.  This year’s London Olympics Uniforms are sure to please fans:


    Australia Olympic Uniforms 2012

    Australian uniforms for the 2012 Summer Olympics were designed by Sportscraft.  These blazers are lined with the names of gold medalists from throughout History, so that although the athletes have the weight of their nation on their shoulders, they also have the support of their predecessors.   Dunlop Valley Shoes also lined the inside of the white tennis shoes athletes are wearing with past winners names so that team members are literally walking in their footsteps.

    United States

    America US Olympic Uniforms 2012

    American Uniforms by Ralph Lauren were controversially made in China this year, fueling the creation of an act to make all future Team USA uniforms within the actual US.  Some argue that the uniforms look like flight attendant outfits, while others approve of the conservative, formality of them.  Team USA will certainly be looking their finest this Friday night!

    Great Britain

    Great Britain Olympics 2012 London Uniforms

    Stella McCartney partnered with Adidas to design Great Britain’s Uniforms this year, featuring a reconfigured Union Jack.  As the home team of these summer games, the Brits have got to show off their national pride.


    german olympic uniforms 2012

    These German parade outfits were designed by Bogner.  Sticking to the age old stereotype of women wearing pink and men in blue, these uniforms don’t particularly convey Germany’s national orange and yellow colors.  They definitely pop though, and will allow fans to easily find this countries team amidst the mass of athletes during Friday’s parade.


    Jamaican Olympic Uniforms 2012

    PUMA Jamaican Olympic team uniforms were designed by Cedella Marley, daughter of the legendary Bob Marley.  These team wears feature Jamaican flag colors in a fashionable light.  The chic, formal uniforms for Friday’s parade are the most stylish of all, and the everyday outfits for specific sporting events are designed to represent the beauty of the country.


    For more photos of Olympic uniforms this year, check out the Runway 2 Reality listing of Olympic Uniforms for London 2012

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