Ralph Lauren’s ‘92 Stadium collection is back for another season, but not quite as you know it. Inspired by the traditional Japanese art of indigo dyeing, Lauren is bringing a unique and contemporary new look to its most iconic sportswear pieces.

Originally a celebration of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Stadium has lived on in the form of masterful reissues each year since its 25th anniversary in 2017. The latest reinterpretation features six pieces reworked with Japanese-style indigo dye and sees the return of the signature Polo Stadium and P-Wing graphics across a range of recognizable silhouettes including a popover jacket, windbreaker jacket, tear-away track pants, fleece, booney hat, and long bill hat.

To celebrate the unanticipated new aesthetic, we shot the collection, not with established athletes, but up-and-coming future sports stars from Paris Basketball, a new professional basketball club founded in 2018 and based in Paris. “What differentiates Paris Basketball is that it puts young people first and gradually builds itself up without caring about what other clubs are doing,” explains one player, Dayan Bouandzi. “Just have to look at the club’s visual identity – it looks like no other club’s and it really represents the spirit of the Grand Paris.”

His teammate, Andy Tie, continues, “Everybody here knows how to dress and when it’s game day, we’re all dressed up.” Combining category-defining sportswear with modern style cues, Indigo Stadium is symbolic of our times and this sentiment is echoed by our athletes and photoshoot.

To celebrate the unanticipated new aesthetic, we shot the collection, not with established athletes, but up-and-coming future sports stars from Paris Basketball, a new professional basketball club founded in 2018 and based in Paris. “What differentiates Paris Basketball is that it puts young people first and gradually builds itself up without caring about what other clubs are doing,” explains one player, Dayan Bouandzi. “Just have to look at the club’s visual identity – it looks like no other club’s and it really represents the spirit of the Grand Paris.”

His teammate, Andy Tie, continues, “Everybody here knows how to dress and when it’s game day, we’re all dressed up.” Combining category-defining sportswear with modern style cues, Indigo Stadium is symbolic of our times and this sentiment is echoed by our athletes and photoshoot.

“There is a big connection between style and basketball. In Paris, if you’re fresh, you’re good. And if you’re good, you have to be fresh on the court.”– Saïd Fareb

 

The limited-edition Indigo Stadium collection is available soon via the Polo App, select Opening Ceremony, Fred Segal and Bodega stores in North America, as well as select Polo Ralph Lauren flagship stores and retail partners worldwide.

Production: Rochelle Bambury
Creative: Shane Gormley
Project Managers: Rachael Bigelow, Johanna Gerhardt
Developer: Romano Casellini
Designer: Pieralberto Faggian
Photographer: Matheiu Vilasco
Styling: Clelia Cazals
Cast: Henry Paret, Meddy Bique, Dayan Bouandzi, Andy Tie, Saïd Fareb
Hair: Olivier Henry
Makeup: Aurélie Deltour
Special thanks to Ibrahima Gaye @Oneyard

Words by Lucy Thorpe
Branded Content Editor