American designer Ralph Lauren has been designing Team USA’s Olympic gear since 2008. In the opening ceremony on Friday, the team members wore a navy blazer with a navy and white striped T-shirt, featuring the five Olympic rings. They paired it with dark blue jeans, an American flag-print scarf, and white sneakers.
The fans were, however, particularly fond of the outfit and took to social media to express their displeasure.
“Ralph Lauren had team USA looking like the bad guys in a Disney Channel Original Movie.
These guys would have definitely bullied Johnny Tsunami and told him he didn’t belong,” one person wrote on Twitter.
“Are we ever going to have someone not Ralph Lauren design Team USA’s stuff? It’s just so…ugh,” another user commented.
“The Team USA Ralph Lauren outfits look like they’re meeting at the Yacht Club for brandy after a hard day of watching their trust fund grow,” wrote a user.
The Olympics opened in Tokyo on Friday sans the customary razzmatazz. Japanese emperor Naruhito declared the Games open, a month after expressing concerns over the possible spread of coronavirus during the Olympics.
Around 950 VIPs and world leaders were in attendance inside the arena that has a capacity of 68,000. Despite the ban on crowd, the stadium was occupied by over 10,000 individuals performing different roles.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach acknowledged that this time’s Olympics will be different from the ones in the past.
“Today, the Olympic athletes are sending a resounding message of hope to our fragile world. The Opening Ceremony will highlight this Olympic message of resilience, solidarity and unity of all humankind in overcoming the pandemic,” Bach said in his address.
“The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 are a light at the end of this dark tunnel. Today is a moment of hope. Yes, it is very different from what all of us had imagined. But let us cherish this moment because finally we are all here together,” he said.