Fashion & Shopping

Haute and Cold

November 11, 2018

While haute couture is likely not your top priority when planning a ski vacation, recent runways have been bursting with ski-bunny looks sure to tempt many out of their Gore-Tex this winter. Case in point: after launching its own ski and snowboards years ago, Chanel continues its fascination with Coco Neige—the first collection devoted entirely to the slopes and après-ski.

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For the face of the line Karl Lagerfeld chose actress Margot Robbie, her playful spirit exuding the joyous rush of a mountainous adventure. Detail-wise, the Coco Neige range sees bold black-and-white colourways punctuated with dashes of blue and fuchsia, not to mention luxurious satin, velvet and leather accents—and, of course, that classic Chanel tweed. Slender silhouettes allow for maximum movement on the hill in perfect-fit trousers and jackets that hit the lower back at just the right place, while high-collared parkas, down jackets and water- and wind-proof materials protect from the elements.

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And let’s not leave out the accessories—think suede mittens, wool berets and denim caps that ooze stylish practicality (and are adorably embellished with snowflake-shaped crests and medals). Plus, footwear, including mountain shoes with tweed and nylon laces and shearling booties designed by Lagerfeld for sashaying through a luxe ski resort. Also, winter eyewear: 18-karat-gold lenses mean those brilliant mountain rays won’t be an issue, titanium frames and curved support guard from impact and goggles keep to the theme with elegant simplicity and a Chanel-signed strap.

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With multi-hued patchwork, Nordic sweaters and wrapped puffer coats galore, Japanese luxury brand Sacai (carried by Jonathan+Olivia in Whistler) has also gone all sorts of ski lodge cosy with its 2018 FW collection. Although camouflage won’t be of much use on snow-white hills, designer Chitose Abe’s favoured military esthetic blends well with knits and faux-fur hats fit for chilly weather. Drawing inspiration from cultures around the world, she employs everything from tartan-plaid and Australian Ugg sheepskin to Hawaiian prints and silver feathers from Japan.

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Meanwhile, Balenciaga aimed to prove that a single coat just won’t do on the winter runway, layering several in ’90s-esque hues over fleece and flannel. Creative director Demna Gvasalia cleverly accessorized the looks with sleek ski goggles, high heels and furs sure to make a chic après -ski splash.

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The finale? A pair of quirky silky satin The Duvet boots by Stuart Weitzman. Mini snowsuits for your feet with suede straps, tiny bows and metal studs—there’s no not making a slope-side statement in these babies! —Rachel Johnston


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