USA!

Julie,

I wish I could have been there for the Lafayette 148 NYC trunk show.  I love the names of the colors they used – cayenne! vermillion! coffee melange! I can’t wait to see what you bring into the store next fall.

The latest issue of Vogue got me excited about an event that will precede the fall styles-the summer Olympics. The magazine features spectacular photos of  America’s Olympic hopefuls (including Hope Solo -soccer, Ryan Lochte – swimming and Serena Williams – tennis):

In a series of brilliant photos by Annie Leibovitz, Karlie Kloss models designer clothing alongside several of the male Team USA contenders.

Gymnast Jonathan Horton

Doubles Partners Bob and Mike Bryan

And THE athlete to watch this summer, swimmer Ryan Lochte.

What I found, when perusing the article, was that the gorgeous Lanvin, Oscar de la Renta and Stella McCartney designs faded into the background, when paired with these driven, focused athletes.  You can feel their intensity, their desire to be the very best, almost lift off the page.

In Bruce Weber’s series of photos profiling the female athletes, several of them appear to be flying.

Gymnast Alexandra Raisman

Swimmer Missy Franklin (only 17-years-old!)

If they aren’t airborne, these women are at least powerful enough to outrun a train,

“Fastest Woman in the World” Carmelita Jeter

Or, hold the (soccer) world in their hands,

Soccer Players Hope Solo and Sydney Leroux

So, while I do love to read all about fashion in Vogue, I was more moved by the stories of these powerful men and women who desire to represent our country in front of the world this summer in London.  I wish I could be there to watch in person, but I’ll be glued to the t.v., cheering loudly, and wearing something fashionably red, white and blue.

Ann

All Images: Vogue

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