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Are Ralph Lauren's Gigantic Olympic Ponies Tacky? Christina Binkley Thinks So

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Truth: That's a giant pony
Truth: That's a giant pony

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Ralph Lauren's Olympics Opening Ceremony uniforms were revealed to the TV-watching public on this morning's Today Show, and not everyone thinks they're so hot. Christina Binkley, the Wall Street Journal's veteran fashion reporter, is not mincing words when it comes to her opinion on the gigantic polo ponies galloping across the athletes chests. She writes:

"Ralph Lauren is claiming that its Olympic uniforms are a “very classic, very elegant” return to tradition. Well, they are preppy and ultra Americana, just sleek enough for an Andover grad. They are Nantucket in the summer of 1980, with a hint of Thurston Howell III [that would be the millionaire from Gilligan's Island, fyi]. They’ve even turned the polo collars up. I like them."

Wait for it...

"Except those huge logos—a Big-Gulp-sized version of the demur small Polo pony—void all claims to classicism or elegance."

Ouch.

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