These Designers Were Enlisted To Create Olympic Uniforms For The Opening Ceremony

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The Olympic Games are a momentous moment in an athlete's life.

Olympians have trained countless years for a shot to compete against the best of the best and win a gold medal on the world stage.

Making sure these sporting stars look the part? Some of the world's best designers.

For most of the 200 nations competing, enlisting a renowned designer is important for crafting the stylish Olympic apparel worn by athletes. As the Olympians parade through the opening ceremony, they'll need to do it in style, all while showing off a garment that reflects their nation and showcases all that is special about their country.

Here are the designers who created uniforms for the athletes at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

U.S.A in Polo Ralph Lauren

Polo Ralph Lauren has dressed Team U.S.A. for this year's Olympics. Wearing white selvedge denim trousers paired with a striped red, white and blue T-shirt, the Americans will don the iconic navy blue blazer with Lauren's polo pony logo embroidered on the chest. We think the look is polished and classic, but fans are criticizing the uniform for looking similar to the Russian flag.


Great Britain in Stella McCartney and adidas

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Stella McCartney herself worked with Olympians like Tom Daley on the creative process to ensure the design was spot-on and functional. The Team GB adidas kit includes both opening and closing ceremony gear and competitive wear in red, blue and white to reflect the Union Flag.


Cuba in Christian Louboutin


The Cuban Olympic team is dressed by none other than legendary French shoe designer Christian Louboutin. Ditching his iconic heels for red-soled kitten heel sandals and kicks that mimic the Cuban flag, the Louboutin designs are stunning (and unfortunately not for sale). Working with French e-concept store SportyHenri.com, the designer created tailored, polished and oh-so-chic pieces.


France in Lacoste


Expect the French to look preppy, clean and totally sporty in Lacoste. Team France's all-white palette, which features polos, cropped pants and zip-up sweaters, is an ode to the Lacoste spirit that was founded by tennis legend René Lacoste.


Sweden in H&M

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When you think of Sweden, what do you think of? If your answer is Ikea, you're wrong. If your answer is H&M, you're right! Yes, the iconic Swedish retailer is dressing their Olympic team, and boy do the athletes look good. The coolest part? The quick-drying and breathable gear is made from recycled polyester, proving high-function sportswear can also be conscious and sustainable.


Italy in Giorgio Armani

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No green, red or white for the Italians. Legendary Italian designer Giorgio Armani kept things slick and sophisticated with black tracksuits with white detailing. Minimal and fancy.


Canada in DSquared2


What can we say? The Canucks look good. Designed by Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared2, Canada's Olympic threads are modern, innovative and edgy. Described by the design duo as "an innovative mash-up of two diverse worlds: tailoring and sport," the uniforms are an equal mix of sporty and fashion-forward and feature the "striking simplicity of early Canadian Olympic uniforms."

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