Ralph Lauren to Design for the US Olympic Team

Mimi ON Feb 03, 2010 AT 5:13 pm

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren is creating new outfits for the US Olympic team. The 70-year-old designer has made a range of sportswear – the Polo Ralph Lauren Olympic collection – for athletes to wear during the opening ceremony of the 21st Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada on February 12, which have been based on the “classic” outfits worn during the 1932 competition in Lake Placid.

His son David Lauren – who is senior member of staff at the Polo range – said: “We always look back to study history as we create our designs and are always inspired by the classics. The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) came to us because they were looking for something that was thoroughly American, and classic but modern.”

However, the giant clothing label will take on a modern but “relaxed” feel. He added to the USA Today newspaper: “This time, the USOC wanted something that’s a lot more sporty, technical-oriented, a little more relaxed.”

Ice dancer Tanith Belbin is thrilled to be one of the athletes who will be donning the American-inspired navy puffer jackets, white tapered trousers and Fair Isle knit hats later this month. She said: “Obviously, Lauren’s one of the most, if not the most, iconic American designers ever. He just really respects the roots of American heritage. It’s great to have such an interestingly designed collection. I know that’s something that all the winter athletes were jealous of when we saw the Beijing Games. We wanted to stand out and look really well put together.” Items in the Olympic range are priced between $50 and $398 and can be bought online or in Ralph Lauren stores in the US.

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