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July 18, 2012
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Jamaica's Olympic uniform gets top billing

Models displaying Jamaica's men's outfit for the July 27 Opening Ceremony for the London Olympic Games. - Photo courtesy of Ken Lennox/Puma

Jamaica's gear for the London Olympic Games has come in for some high commendation from American publication Time magazine and was voted the best opening ceremony uniform in a special Olympic edition.

Along with the Jamaican uniform, designed by Cedella Marley, daughter of reggae legend Bob Marley and unveiled by sprint superstar Usain Bolt a few months ago, the magazine also singled out the uniforms of France, South Korea, New Zealand, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom as among the best.

"We love these uniforms, mostly because the designers didn't seem to be trying too hard. The vivid colours and geometric colours are so fun! Just like the Olympics!" the magazine posted on its website.

The Great Britain uniforms were also designed by the daughter of another music icon, Stella McCartney, daughter of former Beatles member Sir Paul McCartney.

made in China

Cedella Marley

Perhaps predictably with all the furore regarding the United States' Ralph Lauren's suits, which the website designed as 'preppy', being made in China, they polled among the worst uniforms for opening ceremony of track and field's biggest event. Joining the USA on the worst uniform list were Australia, Russia, China, Spain and Hong Kong.

The uniforms, according to Marley were expected to blur the line between music and sport, two of the most prominent aspects of Jamaican culture. The designer also claims to have drawn influence from her father's personal style. The late reggae icon's face is featured on the jacket of some of the track suits.

There has been mixed reaction from the general public locally since the gear was unveiled in London one month ago. While some have praised the clothes for its vivid colours and playfulness, some have labelled the uniforms as a bit too casual. The Olympics opening ceremony will kick off the two-week Games on July 27.

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