On Saturday, Cuba’s Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel bid farewell to the country’s Olympic delegation – 120 athletes are heading to Rio de Janeiro, and will dazzle in an eye-catching uniform designed by no less then Christian Louboutin. French luxury footwear designer collaborated with Henry Tai, a former professional handball player and founder of French online retail shop SportHenri.com, to design formal looks for the athletes to wear at the Closing Ceremony and other formal events.
The outfits include a crisply tailored two-button, notch-lapel jackets in red for men and beige for women bearing the Cuban flag on the breast pocket and a five-pointed star at the back. Worn over white, button-front shirts, the jackets were designed to pair with the athlete’s choice of navy blue knee-length shorts, cropped trousers or skirt.
Of course, footwear is a key element of the look, with styles including a calf leather high-top trainer for men and a kitten-heel sandal in red and blue leather with a white star for women.
Featuring nods to Cuban heritage, the outfits were unveiled at an event in Lisbon, Portugal on Thursday by actor and former Olympic athlete Pedro Lima. Other athletes in attendance included volleyball player Regla Torres, boxer Felix Savon and fencer Ringo Quintera.