February 8, 2014 |
When the U.S. Olympic team paraded at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Games, a husband-and-wife duo from Southern California kept a close eye on the sweaters. The controversial cardigans worn by Team USA -- lauded by some as homespun Americana and derided by others as rejects from Grandpa's closet -- were produced in the City of Commerce factory owned by Elizabeth and Eddy Park. The couple, who own the Ball of Cotton knitwear company, have been hard at work since retailer Ralph Lauren tapped them in 2012 to sew part of the U.S. Olympic uniform in Sochi.
February 7, 2014 |
At the opening ceremony for the Sochi Olympics, U.S. athletes will walk out in bold patchwork sweaters that were knit, sewn and embroidered right here in Southern California. Ball of Cotton, based in the City of Commerce, has been busy at work since retailer Ralph Lauren asked them to produce both the opening and closing ceremony sweaters for the American team, said Elizabeth Park, co-owner of the knitwear company with husband Eddy. “One sweater takes more than 12 hours,” said Park, 56. “Lots of hand whip-stitching, and it goes through many hands.” The husband-and-wife duo said they were first approached by Ralph Lauren in 2012.
February 4, 2014 |
The official Team USA opening and closing ceremony parade uniforms designed by Ralph Lauren may have been unveiled recently, but an unofficial Winter Games collection designed by American artists will be launched during fashion week in New York City. The "Purple and Gold" collection track suits were individually designed by 15 American artists, including Los Angeles-based Lucas Michael, Ginger Brooks Takahashi and David Benjamin Sherry, in response to Russia's anti-gay legislation.
January 26, 2014 |
It's been a banner season for Ralph Lauren on the red carpet. First he dressed fashion It girl Lupita Nyong'o at the Golden Globes and now he has a lock on Madonna for the Grammys. Madonna will be wearing look 49 from the spring 2014 Ralph Lauren collection (above, left), a black cady double-breasted tuxedo jacket, matching wool pants and a white cotton shirt. And ratcheting up the adorable factor, she will be joined at the ceremony by a mini-me. Her son David will be wearing a Ralph Lauren Boys tuxedo. Of course, Madonna has never met a tuxedo she didn't love.
October 29, 2013 |
With 100 days to go before the Winter Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia, the U.S. Olympic Committee and Ralph Lauren unveiled the first pieces of a domestically made Team USA wardrobe produced across nearly a third of U.S states. Our Sports section colleague David Wharton wrote about the reveal of the closing ceremony outfits earlier Tuesday, so we aren't going to rehash it. (We will, however, note that we find that navy wool peacoat with the red banner stripe particularly fetching as far as cold weather gear goes.)
September 12, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Jessica Alba looked like a modern-day Audrey Hepburn on Thursday morning at New York Fashion Week, wearing a ballet pink full skirt and black sweater, with cat eyeliner and her hair in a chignon. It was a fabulously flirty 1950s look, but the Ralph Lauren collection she was front row to see was decidedly 1960s. The look; "Mod Squad" by way of Savile Row. Graphic black-and-white mini dresses in leather or cotton knit, some with menswear flourishes, such as a necktie or a white pique bib, all worn with black knee socks and square-heeled patent leather pumps.