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The opening ceremony for the 2021 Olympics, which took place in Tokyo on Friday, was a bit odd, but there were plenty of exuberant outfits to at least distract from the empty stands. To begin with, Japanese singer-songwriter Misia performed the Japanese national anthem in a voluminous, rainbow-colored dress by designer Tomo Koizumi. Subsequently, the Parade of Nations offered a rare overview of world fashions, from Angola to Vanuatu.

Each nation, of course, brought its own color to the ceremony. Some wore elaborate dresses, headdresses and costumes. Some, like the Bermuda athletes, wore… Bermuda shorts. And others wore nothing over it at all. The Ukrainians put on yellow fanny packs. Sierra Leone had the best tracksuits. And I plan to steal the dresses worn by the women of Croatia. There was also designer clothes in the crowd. Telfar Clemens, the man behind the ‘Bushwick Birkin’, has made some pretty incredible uniforms for Liberia. In addition, Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren once again made the looks for their respective countries. (Even though they weren’t remarkable, I have to say.)

There are no winners and losers at the opening ceremony; everyone looked great. But, in my opinion, some of the best outfits weren’t worn by the athletes, but by the sign wearers, whose costumes (and bubbles) were said to have been inspired by manga. Cool! Below is a look at some noteworthy looks from the 2021 Olympics Opening Ceremony.

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Hazel J. Edmonds

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