AUSTRALIAN fashion retailer Sportscraft this morning unveiled the uniform our Olympians will wear during the opening ceremony at Rio in August — and there’s a distinct Harry Potter vibe going on.
Both the men and women will wear a striped mint green blazer with a dark green trim, reminiscent of the colour worn by Draco Malfoy and his Slytherin classmates.
The women will wear a white skirt and the men white shorts. The white shoes have been designed by Tom’s.
They’ve even thrown in a little gold accessory — a scarf for the ladies and a striped green and gold tie for the men.
At the official unveiling of the uniforms at Sydney’s Bondi on Wednesday morning, former Olympians Giaan Rooney and Matthew Mitcham, who both hosted the event, admitted green and gold are “notoriously difficult” colours to put together successfully.
“The other countries have it a lot easier,” Rooney admitted.
Kitty Chiller, Chef de Mission of the 2016 Australian Olympic team said the opening ceremony uniform, especially the blazers, is an “important part” of being an Olympian. “It’s a blazer they’ll keep and see for the rest of their lives,” she said.
The athletes all stuck to the script at the media conference, with beach volleyballer Taliqua Clancy saying that she loved the blazer’s “retro candy pinstripe”.
The blazers are lined with fabric emblazoned with the names of every Australian Olympic gold medallist and include a pocket for the athletes to store their smartphones.
“I’m super happy that my name can be among remarkable athletes in there,” said canoe sprinter Ken Wallace, who won gold in Beijing.
London Games silver medallist Jess Fox told Sunrise she was a fan of the new look: “I think it has got that fun Rio feel to it but it has that vintage inspiration to it from the previous Olympics.”
Social media users have thrown in their two cents, with one suggesting the team look more like ice cream salespeople, rather than athletes.
Maybe a trip to the Hamptons after Rio, anyone?
Here are some of the uniforms from previous years:
Finally, let us take a moment to reflect on this fine design from Colombia: