With only 37 days to go until the hotly anticipated opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic games, the UK is experiencing something of an Olympic takeover. The torch is nearly half way through its journey, so it is no surprise that the Olympic fever is permeating fashion, design and interiors too.We have chosen our top ten designs inspired by the London 2012 Olympics:
1. Stella McCartney Olympic Kits
In addition to the Team GB kits that McCartney has designed, she has now released the Olympic Villagewear Collection. The kit is specifically designed for athletes to wear off the field and for Olympic fans to buy. The kit hits stores 18.5.12.
2. River Island & Adidas Collaboration
The duo has designed a Team GB sportswear collection for men and women, all in the patriotic colours of red, white and blue. With a range of cropped vests, hoodies and body con dresses and that’s just for the boys… The collection hit stores 20.5.12 and is from £16.
3. Bisque Hot Hoops
Challenging the orthodoxy of traditional forms, Bisque’s Hot Hoops are embracing the Olympic calling and are appearing in the signature colours of red, green, yellow, blue and black. Prices from £793.
4. Regent Street
Regent Street has been decked in flags representing the 206 countries coming to the Olympic games. The two miles of flags celebrate the Olympics in the West End. The flags will fly until the closing ceremony on 12.8.12.
Photographer Rankin, has been enlisted by the London Olympic organising committee to mark achievements of the London 2012 International Sports Legacy: International Inspiration. The exhibition is on show at the Museum of London.
6. National Olympic Rings Installations
The Olympic rings, measuring 11 metres high by 25 metres wide, are being shown nationally, including Heathrow, Cardiff and Newcastle. They form part of the London 2012 Festival, organised to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
7. London Olympic Torch
The creative team behind the London Olympic Torch has won the prestigious Design of the Year award 2012, beating the other 88 competitors. The torch was designed by UK design studio, Barber Osgorby. It is perforated with 8000 holes representing each of the torch- bearers.
8. London 2012 Coin Collection
The Royal Mint has released limited edition 50 pence and £5 coins as part of the Olympic celebrations. Releasing a sport collection and countdown collection, amongst others you will want to get your hands on these before they go!
9. Limited Edition Oyster Card
A Limited edition Oyster card has been released for the Olympics. The card features smiling characters and other London sites including Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace. Get yours now from a tube station in Zone 1.
10.The Velodrome, Olympic Park
The 6,000 person- seater velodrome at the Olympic Park in Stratford has won the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award. It was the first building to be completed for the Olympics and took nearly two years to construct.