Behold: this is what our Olympians will be wearing during the Olympics opening ceremony in Sochi.
And we must hand it to Ralph, it’s surprisingly on-trend: the slimmed-down sweatpants, the turtlenecks, the hiking boots and the pièce de résistance: a shawl-collar cardigan spangled with stars, stripes and Olympic rings. (And, yes, everything’s Made-in-America.) The patchwork cardigan has “instant classic” written all over it—we can already envision the next generation of Ralph Lauren aficionados emptying their bitcoin accounts for one on the vintage market. The production is limited to 324 pieces, so you might as well invest in yours now.
There’s nothing like a living legend. And with the Olympics ramping up, we thought we’d pay tribute to nine-time Olympic gold medalist and ’70s poster boy Mark Spitz.
In today’s era of swimming, it’s all about drag-reducing sleekness—rubber caps, shaving from head to toe, shark-skin-inspired swimsuits—so it’s surprising to look back at photos of Spitz’s record-shattering run at the 1972 Games in Munich and see him dominate the field with a mop-top of hair and mustache. There’s something mystical about his confidence and unwillingness to sacrifice his personal style in hopes of shaving off a few tenths of a second on his times. It’s a ’70s swagger that he carried throughout his youth (sadly, he recently ditched the ’stache) and we’d like to applaud it.