The Tokyo Summer Olympics may be about sports, but the opening ceremony created some fashion moments that affect the viewer.
The Summer Olympics Officially Begins on Friday with more than 11,000 athletes from 206 countries coming together for the opening ceremony in Tokyo. The ceremony was unlike any in Olympic history, as the performance was scaled down and virtually no spectators allowed due to the pandemic.
Despite the changes, the opening ceremony produced some impressive moments, especially among the choices of athletes and performers. Japanese singer Misia, had a viral moment when she sang the Japanese national anthem in a rainbow cotton candy-like couture gown by designer Tomo Koizumi.
Many group uniforms also make an impact on viewers, both those that resonate with high fashion quality and the homage to different cultures and other uniforms that have become Meme food.
Here, WWD looks at 11 standout fashion moments from the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Read on to know more.
1. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden is one of the few world leaders who was able to attend the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday, appearing alongside French president Emmanuel Macron. The First Lady showed her support for Team USA as she sat in the stands wearing a black and white dress by one of her chosen designers, Brandon Maxwell. She teamed the look with a black Larroudé clutch, Paul Andrews heels and Ralph Lauren– Tailor-made Team USA masks that athletes also wear.
Japanese singer Misia delivered a couture moment while singing the Japanese national anthem at the opening ceremony. The singer opted for an oversized couture dress in rainbow colors by Tokyo-based designer Tomo Koizumi.
3. Team USA
Ralph Lauren return as Official designer of Team USA’s Olympic uniforms. The athletes’ opening ceremony look was reminiscent of the patriotic style Lauren had done in the past. It includes a navy blue jacket and trousers, a striped short-sleeve shirt and a custom face mask.
4. Pita Taufatofua of Tonga
Tonga Pita Taufatofua made an impact once again at the opening ceremony, where he reprized his role as the country’s flag bearer. Taufatofua, a taek won do practitioner and skier, caused an uproar online when he was shirtless – and appeared to be covered in oil – while carrying the flag.
5. of Italy Olympic Team
The opening ceremony uniforms of the Italian Olympic team failed to impress onlookers, many of whom took to social media to mock the patriotic uniform. Giorgio Armani– the uniform is designed to consist of a white sweater embellished with a Pac-Man-like circle motif in green, white and red combined with white track pants.
6. Latvia’s Olympic team
Latvia’s opening ceremony also did not generate a positive response for the audience. The country’s female athletes are seen wearing tinfoil-like, metallic silver skirts under a plastic-like jacket.
7. Olympic Human Diagram
A standout performance during the opening ceremony was the Olympic-themed humanoid performers, in which three performers dressed in white and blue with round headgear performed. all 50 pictograms of the Olympics. The performance was a tribute to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, where pictograms were introduced to overcome language barriers and communicate between teams.
8. El Salvador’s Olympic Team
The El Salvador Olympic team also had a chic fashion moment during the opening ceremony. The team wears a fitted black jacket designed with white trim over floral print pants or skirts designed by Rowing Blazers and local store Zótico.
9. Kenya’s Olympic Team
The Kenyan team of more than 40 athletes had one of the most colorful uniforms for the opening ceremony. The team’s female athletes wear Maasai prints under bolero jackets with a red cap, and the male athletes wear shirts paired with black trousers.
10. Korea’s Olympic team
South Korean athletes paid their respects to the country’s flag during their opening ceremony. The athletes wore a gray fitted felt jacket over a white shirt and trousers, adorning the look with a striped tie and white hat.
11. Colombian Olympic Team
The Colombian team infused their own culture with Japanese culture into their opening ceremony image. The athletes wear a traditional Japanese kimono decorated with yellow flowers and red, blue and yellow stripes reminiscent of the Colombian flag. The team outfitted the look with a patterned hat and mask.
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