Mary Clark has been a fixture on the knitting scene (yes, there is a knitting scene) for some time. Vagabond devotees know this; the Old City boutique, which she co-founded, sells luxe yarns and other knitting supplies. These shoppers also know to be on the lookout for Stellapop, Clark’s line of handmade sweaters that have garnered a cult following. And we’re not the only ones: Her cozy pieces have made their way onto the sales floors—both real and virtual—of major retailers like Barney’s, Steven Alan and Anthropologie.
Well, cat’s out of the bag: Ralph Lauren unveiled its designs for the 2014 Winter Olympics on the Today show this morning. The sporty look our team will be wearing, the outfit that represents our country, the way we’ll be presenting ourselves to the world is this: a cardigan that looks like an ugly Christmas sweater or a very patriotic afghan that your grandmother would toss over the back of her sofa, the most unflattering sweatpants (sweatpants!) ever, and a hat that looks like something a loser Christmas elf would wear on the Fourth of July. Even the model over there on the right looks embarrassed to be wearing this. But that’s not all: You can own this preppy, patriotism-on-acid atrocity, too! That sweater is $598, the cream turtleneck underneath is $245, the fleece pants are $165, the leather boots are $395, and the reindeer hat is $95.