The 2016 Summer Olympics don’t officially kick off for another 100 days, but now that Hudson’s Bay—the official outfitter of Team Canada—has unveiled this year’s opening ceremony uniforms via Facebook Live, the countdown to (fashion) gold is officially on.
Designed by Toronto-born Dan and Dean Caten of Dsquared2, the designs combine sharp tailoring with athletic details: sporty cuffs, bonded zip pockets and sporty drawstring tails add a whiff of windbreaker to a classic blazer, meanwhile tropical weight (because duh, Brazil) wool trousers venture into trackpant territory with a relaxed fit, elasticized ankles and (more) bonded zippers.
“We wanted to do something that was somewhat tailored, somewhat sporty, and very identifiable as Canadian,” Dean and Dan told FLARE by phone this morning. “In the past, the athletes have worn ties and other things like that, which mean someone has to do it up and they never really get it perfect. The more difficult you make things, the more room there is for error. So we kept it simple—you put on this t-shirt, you put on this jacket, you can’t get it wrong.”
Speaking of getting it wrong, let’s look back at some of Team Canada’s most memorable uniforms from khakis to cowboy hats to fanny pack swag.
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2016 Summer Olympic Games
Sleek, streamlined and sporty—this will not be embarrassing 10 years from now.