The opening ceremonies of the 31st Olympiad reminded me of a Diana Vreeland story. The editor of Vogue was on the phone with a friend who asked,
“How was the party?“
To which DV replied,
“It was fabulous –if you’ve never been to a party before.“
If you don’t compare it to London or Beijing, then it was spectacular. And if you think a fashion anecdote is inappropriate in this instance, remember a supermodel was really the biggest star of the night.
The games and prep, of course, leading up to last night were not without controversy on top on controversy –from poop infested waters, a missing President (absent due to impeachment proceedings) the Russian team’s doping allegations and an on-going Zika-induced scare, among other things, it’s been a sh*tshow –literally. Friday night’s ceremonies reportedly cost one-tenth of London’s and as inspiring as they were, it looked more like a budget affair. Four years ago, London set records with 28.7 million viewers, so Rio was off 37% with around 19 million tuning in.
There were few OMG! moments on Friday, unless you were Brazilian, in which case you PARTIED!
But who in the world knows how to throw a better party than Brazilians…? Just what we’ve all come to expect from this part of the globe; amazing costumes, danceable beats and gorgeous people. And, hey, it IS free, so who’s complaining? Here are some highlights. That Olympic flame was pretty fab, huh?