Fashion & Shopping

Fashion Hits The Slopes

February 6, 2023

In summer, we all dressed like we were about to hit Central Court at Wimbledon. This season, we’re switching to après ski-inspired gear that’s for far more than simply shredding the gnar. It’s a trend that’s been gathering momentum for a while but now it’s really—pardon our pun—snowballed.

Chanel was at the forefront of high-end ski and après-ski garb, having launched its Coco Neige collection in 2018. This year its incorporated brand elements like quilting and the classic interlocking C motif in snowboarding-inspired silhouettes.

Gucci has given ski-inspired refreshes to eyewear and signature handbag lines like the Horsebit 1955, Diana and GG Marmont. There are also puffer jackets, vests and a Colorblock GG jacquard down jacket that’s straight out of an ’80s ski movie—and fabulous. Most recently, Gucci introduced a curation of capsule collections by eight select designers, shaped explicitly and implicitly by the ski slopes. Street style meets snow in the limited-edition Vault Altitude range, which includes ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, jewelry and home accessories available exclusively online. Our favourite from the offerings: punk-inspired crocheted accessories by Gui Rosa and freeze-worthy footwear by Moon Boot.

MCM’s collection includes puffers in biodegradable nylon and padded boots in recycled nylon and calf leather. The standout is the Après-Ski Cubic Monogram Bomber Jacket, which is made from Econyl, an infinitely recyclable material created from waste. It has luxe touches like beading on the sleeves and white piping. Equally cool is the Après-Ski Intarsia Knit Logo Headband.

Several brands have continued or started new collaborations to bring together designer styling with sporty or outdoorsy technology. Michael Kors has joined with Ellesse for items like track pants, sweaters, jackets, merino mittens and bags, in the signature Ellesse orange-and-red palette. “I’m thrilled with the capsule of luxe, glamorous sportswear that we’ve collaborated on—it works perfectly whether you’re at the ski lodge or hitting the city streets,” said Kors in a press release.

If you want your après-ski to be pretty and practical, there’s Canada Goose’s collaboration with sustainable fashion brand Reformation. These parkas and reversible puffers and vests come in a variety of prints and are made from recycled materials. They also have all Canada Goose’s performance elements—think hardy materials and water-repellent finishes. Even the reversible headscarf is made from durable, water-repellent Ripstop fabric.

Last year, the fashion world went wild over New York brand Telfar’s collab with Canadian outerwear label Moose Knuckles, so now it’s back. Expect statement-making items like metallic quilted pants and a bomber, trimmed with fox fur. There’s also a hardy, weather-proof version of Telfar’s famous Puff Shopper. To finish the look (at a more affordable price point) there’s Aldo’s Alta boot. It has some of the aesthetic elements of ski footwear, but is really a practical winter boot—ultralight, with waterproofing, ultra-grip and an extra-thick warm lining. —Aileen Lalor


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