In true pre-Olympics style, disasters seem imminent. Opening Ceremony curtailment, security guards fiascos and even the BBC has thrown its hat into the critical ring with spoof series, Twenty Twelve, mocking the organising committee's moves.
But when it comes to fashion, there are few who can disagree that this is lining up to be, as none other than Giorgio Armani put it, "the most fashionable Olympic Games ever".
We've been told it is to be the Twitter Olympics, technology and social-media driven - but we also know that, true to form, it will be a showcase of daring British style.
Not one for typically stepping in line, fashion in this instance is forced to adapt to the primary concerns of performance. Sportswear, particularly at this zenith of competitive levels, comes with a gamut of critical functions - speed, movement, durability, temperature regulation, shock absorption, support.
So, for those designers more used to courting the adage 'no pain, no gain' and sending gazelle-like models in six-inch heels down catwalks, the Olympics are likely to pose something of a curved ball.
Enter the team of sartorial thread-smiths who have been charged with injecting high fashion credibility into the tracks, pitches, pools, lakes and courts of East London and beyond.
And if anyone can imbue a touch of sartorial kudos into a Lycra onesie, it is Stella McCartney.
For her interpretation of team GB's outfits, McCartney stepped away from the all-too common bands of royal blue and regimental red, instead "dismantling" what she calls "one of the most beautiful flags in the world".
Much white and blue and a highly-criticised lack of red later (athletes wearing red have been found to outperform others), and team GB has undergone the Stella effect.
"I see many feel as strongly about the Union flag as I do! The design actually uses more red & shows more flag than any Team GB kit since '84", she tweeted in her defence.
The volunteers don't have it quite so easy.
Boris Johnson told the army of Olympics helpers that he hoped they didn't feel "too ridiculous" in their fluoro pink and purple combinations.
That may be impossible for some of the larger-breasted Londoners - the pattern means that a dreaded 'pink bra' effect is neatly achieved with no effort at all.
As dubious as some of the finished products appear, these threads are all about form over function - styling comes as second fiddle to their visibility, movement and endurance capacities.
Italian design house Ermanno Scervino has created the kit for Azerbaijan Republic athletes, combining impressive amounts of aqua, green and red in team tracksuits, and the ubiquitous blazer/corporate skirt/slacks/silk scarf combination for the ceremonial events.
Ralph Lauren - beleaguered by Chinese sweatshop accusations - has given the US Olympic team his touch, with Ceremony kit designs (reminiscent, across vast swathes of nation states, of airline uniforms) punctuated by Polo logos and preppy striped belts.
Italy has the honour of Armani leading its fashion prowess, while Prada is at the helm of the Italian sailing team's look.
The navy monochrome palette - no red, green and white here - has been supplemented with a shot of Italian nationalism by stitching words to the national anthem to the jacket lining.
Away from the demi-gods of high fashion and into the grass-roots world of street culture, Bob Marley's daughter Cadella Marley has designed the outfits for the Jamaican team.
Towering over the petite designer, Usain Bolt recently modelled the yellow and green Puma threads as overseen by the designer and singer.
Elsewhere, sports-meets-fashion fever is spreading.
Nike and Liberty have collaborated to produce a line of floral-patterned trainers and Prada has reimagined its golf styles to give them a laid-back sporty edge.
Adidas has teamed up with the Olsen twins' label, Opening Ceremony and BMX to create suitably bandit-tinged line and Coach, stately at the best of times, have launched a wallet made of the recycled baseball mitts.
Flying the flag for British talents in other areas are a host of models who are set to take their part in the Closing Ceremony.
Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Lily Cole, Stella Tennant, Lily Donaldson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Georgia May Jagger will reportedly shimmy to the tones of David Bowie's Fashion and Rebel Rebel at the extravaganza and are expected to wear designs by the doyenne of British fashion, Vivienne Westwood alongside Stella McCartney and Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.
Elton John, Annie Lennox, George Michael, Pet Shop Boys, Take That and Adele are all scheduled to add their spin to the proceedings.
Then, of course, comes the Royal Family. Make no mistake, the Duchess of Cambridge's wardrobe choices will be watched through a microscope, with predictions as to her designers of choice already doing the rounds. Alexander McQueen, Jenny Packham and those ubiquitous nude heels from LK Bennett are as sure to resurface as the rain is to pour.
Let the athletes take to the catwalk...
Which is your favourite look?
- Sydney Morning Herald
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