Here’s the thing. On the world stage, America can be seen as less than who I believe we truly are. Style wise, we are known more for fanny packs than fashion. Although we boast some of the finest Designers and brands in the Industry, the image of the “Ugly American” poorly dressed in an airport, for example, is one that never seems to fade. Ralph Lauren is one of those fine designers who represents American Style in it’s most aspirational, high falutin’ form. He was an obvious choice for this years’ USA Olympic Team Designer, but Mr. Lauren….you are not helping the cause. Baggy sweatpants and an Ugly Christmas Sweater is NOT the message we need to send. It’s not ironic OR iconic. It’s just ugly. I vote Donna Karan gets her hands on this for the Summer Olympics and gives us a nice Cold Shoulder or 7 Easy Pieces….simple, elegant, modern. THAT’s what American Fashion is.