The style stakes are high for the Olympic Games, as top designers like Giorgio Armani, Stella McCartney and Ralph Lauren are among those who have created signature gear for their countries. Competitors will showcase their pride through this attire, making fashion an integral part of the London Games. In anticipation of the festivities, Vogue magazine is marrying sports and style with an Olympic-themed issue. The publication’s June 2012 cover features Olympians Hope Solo, Ryan Lochte and Serena Williams.
The ladies don gold, retro-style swimsuits in the shot, as they appear arm-in-arm with Lochte. He becomes only the fourth man ever to grace the cover of Vogue, second to LeBron James as far as athletes are concerned. Lochte is known as a fashion plate in his sport and he recently admitted to Sports Illustrated that he would be designing his own clothing line if he wasn’t a swimmer.
As part of the Olympic-themed issue, the magazine also includes a piece called “Country Strong.” Shot by Annie Leibovitz, the article’s accompanying fashion spread features model Karlie Kloss and a variety of male Olympic athletes who have their sights set on gold in London. A couture-clad Kloss is pictured next to each athlete as they are engaging in their sport. You can view the full piece here, and check out the photos below:
JONATHAN HORTON (GYMNASTICS)
ASHTON EATON (TRACK & FIELD)
RYAN LOCHTE (SWIMMING)
BRYAN BROTHERS (TENNIS)
DWYANE WADE (BASKETBALL)