Sunday, February 09, 2014
A Colorful Spectacle: Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony
This past Friday was the much-awaited Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony. In the lead up to this grand event, Russia and specifically, Sochi, has not been looking so good in the media as a result of all those social media pics being "seen around the world" of not-ready hotel rooms, yellow water, unpaved roads, hazardous dumps, too many stray dogs plus, of course, the terrorist threats and warnings and anti-LGBT laws...it all looked as if Sochi would not be "ready for Prime Time". All that was put aside for a spectacular showing of Russian history, pride, and monumental achievements in culture, the arts, music, literature and architecture.
The spectacular fireworks display at the end of the Sochi Opening Ceremony
Ooopsie: One of the five Olympic rings failed to light properly during an important part of the ceremonies but everything else went without any other hiccups.
In addition to the spectacular show, I always love watching the Olympics Opening Ceremony for the "Parade of Nations" and seeing what all the athletes wear. Leading up to these Sochi Olympics, weeks ago, I discussed HERE on my blog what we would see as the uniforms/outfits from some of the international athletes and now, we all got a chance to see them all. Most were quite boring--just a display of lots of uninteresting parkas and "Winter wear". However, there were a few Style Stand-Out's.
Supermodel Sochi Olympics Snow Maiden: Irina Shayk introduces the Russian Federation--Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony Parade of Nations
Before I talk about my favorite Parade of Nations outfits/uniforms, I want to highlight the super chic Parade of Nations "Snow Maidens" --Snegurochka in Russian-- who were holding the names of the countries. The all white outfits were quite chic. The look featured long sleeves, a high mock-turtleneck and knee-length skirt with side front slit--and yes, those great matching white boots. And those headdresses were quite fab as well. One particular Snow Maiden stood out and that was Russian supermodel--and girlfriend to Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo, Irina Shayk (above photo). Naturally, she was the Snow Maiden for for Russia.
With that out of the way, Here's my list of favorite opening ceremonies Olympic Outfits:
, cross-country skier Yerdos Akhmadiyev, wins for Most Stylist Ensemble at Friday's Opening Ceremony. Yerdos was giving you Kazakh Fab in this traditional costume--fur hat, tunic and boots. Everything about this outfit was spectacular. And PS: I want those boots! Not sure where or when I would ever wear them but seriously, those are AMAZING!
my post where I discussed what the athletes would be wearing, I kind of dissed these ensembles from the Russian Federation. However, now after seeing what 80% of the international athletes wore for their respective countries, I kinda liked these! They stood out, the 70's-like Hippie Chick fur trimmed coats were quite fashion fab (in a retro way) and the red, white and indigo blue colors were well mixed and used in different variations throughout the parade of outfits. So, yes, I take it back: I LIKEY these!
Finally, after stating my Top 11 Favorite Outfits from the Sochi Opening Ceremony, I wanted to mention one particular country that was a Style Let-down--and that dubious honor goes to...
S'il vous plaît.