Thursday, July 19, 2012


ON THE MOUNTAIN STYLE FOR EVERYDAY WEAR: 2012/2013 Winter Performance Apparel


words/images Judith Ecochard


Snow Magazine brought some high altitude Aspen glamour to the city recently---with several companies displaying their snow friendly performance wear that doubles as fashion statement, as well as a few gear/equipment names...and resorts.

Transpack makes durable and smartly designed packs for this carrying skis/skates/snowboards...with multiple pockets including roomy interiors for helmets, straps and buckles available to haul it all around.

reflective details

purple grape-new color-w/ reflective trim-patented Isosceles Storage System™ -side pockets for boots surround a large water resistant central compartment----TRV Pro, XT Pro,  and Compact Pro sizes ($139.95-$119.95)....
For Fall 2012---there are new color waves and patterns ---and a terrific trim feature-reflective stripes---so important given how early the sun sets during winter months---when even strolls in the unlit parking lots of mountain resorts-can be hazardous...with those departing après ski bars...maybe not so sharp.

Ridge Tech lightweight slim profile...
zippered pocket opens to hold a helmet

love this-zipped pocket in the neoprene padded shoulder straps

inner zip pocket inside the outer pocket great for keys,  and credit cards

durable water resistant tarpaulin bottom-airline tough
Other details of the Ridge Tech--- double locking, self repairing nylon coil zippers, contoured adjustable comfort shoulder straps, internal mesh hydration sleeve, padded internal laptop sleeve---fleece mesh goggle pocket, key clip inside front pouch, zippered mesh water bottle pockets on side.
fyi-we use ours for a transition bag doing triathlons!!!!! Nice touch-the padded backs here too, ---XTW The Classics-made of tough going 600 denier polyester----with the weight distributing patented Isosceles Storage System™ 

top cinches... main compartment.
WHAT ELSE-Ski luggage in roller bag design $199.95

The event had two fashion shows---one that was focused on the lifestyle pieces---another for the functional performance pieces that we felt were just as fashion-y and more non-fur options.

Urban friendly trends- and function over fashion when it comes to materials chosen (except for those really ridiculous furs pieces which we rarely ever seen worn in NYC anyway-and mostly by Euro tourists...mercifully)...

PLUS: silhouettes were often slim fitting-as regular street wear is---made of four way stretch materials=warmth without the bulk.

Bold colors dominated- over prints- and design influences from utilitarian/military---to motocross---never seem to go out of style.

Some selections we liked----

Andrew Marc---a lifestyle brand very familiar to fashion types---acclaimed for their leather jackets...
washed shrunken lamb Sage jacket w/ Andrew Marc denim, Pistel Hat and neck warmer, Bootights

french rugged lamb Radar jacket-A.M. jeans

Novelty twill Tristen black coat, A.M. jeans

waterproof wool pea coat, A.M. jeams

Silver Trench with Hoodm A.M. jeans

P.J.s (Parajumpers)--hails from Italy---with warm outerwear inspired by the Alaska Parajumpers...but with a fashionable take on a lot of the technical features of those cool uniforms.
Kodiak down jacket

Vail, shearling, Gianna Pistil Hat, Bootights

grizzly leather and nylon bomber-buckland cotton pique polo, mel grey

Long bear chenille silk blend velvet, Claudia fitted down vest underneath, Zdar boots, Bootights

Denali Down jacket-faux fur lined, M. Miller boots

Alp-N-Rock---new to us---and fabulous slim fitting knits---with fun logos and insignias woven in...front and back

Heli-Ski, double lined

Kitzbuhel-double lined

Alpine Mountain Club

one tribe non-reversible crew neck-with faux fur collar/hat by Helmet Band-Its

NEVE Designs---we did a major review for our SIA coverage...nice to see how great the knits fit on humans.

Camilla Dress, Nordic shawl, Grace pom pom hat Courcheval print bag

Vintage cortina zip neck, Hildi Nordic knit bag

Kay-black and hot pink, Mia  Snowflake weekender bag

Jackson-red and black

Vintage Chamonix zip neck, Liz arm warmers/pom pom hats, Hildi Nordic Knit bag

KJUS- standouts of this technical and lifestyle label---we loved the quilting patterns of the down jackets.

Ladies Cosmopolitan Down jacket---sleeves are just shrugged up for the show.

Men's Globe red/orange jacket

Prime down jacket-military olive

Chromaic Down Jacket -cyber yellow

Backflip Vest...Sam fleece tender shoots mid ayer

BOGNER has been around for decades-we still have two vintage one piece ski outfits from the 80's that are too nice to wear...for snowboarding for sure!

Nelia-Di black puffer-leather stretch Jeany-L

Left-Emma jacket



Some looks from the KJUS booth....

Neve Designs is teaming up with FARIBAULT Woolen Mills  Company out of Minnesota- for fab blankets!!!!!

PARAJUMPERS is actually rather large collection---
from the Masterpiece Series - Gobi


great inner label

rugged zips-inner pockets

nice log patches

Special Edition-Grizzly

super warm

a lot of great details....High Fill Power Harraseeket iridescent micro reps fabric -water repellant

SKEA...we love. Read our SIA review...for more...truly high end fashion performance wear----you can really count on to keep you warm and dry.

The second runway fest---featured more technical pieces---that we assume are made from top of the line waterproof/breathable Gore-Tex Active and  Dermizax, Primaloft insulation...etc.

Mata-D jacket -w/Alenka Pants

Anela -D  green embroidered jacket, Melina White pant

Dagur-D gold jacket Aros checkered pants

Neah-D with Mabe jeans skipants

ARCTERYX from Canada---is now a massive outdoor brand---it was nice to see them here...

Sring Ray pants, Phase SL base layer crew top

Sentinel Jacket and pant

Sidewinder jacket, Sabre full bib in blaze----

Candy Apple Red coat

Keibo blue ray jacket, Sting Raypant

DESCENTE is making quite the comeback in the ski/snowboard world...

Madison Base Jacket

hare core-Prism Base Jacket, Hex Pant

Paris Base jacket, Selene Pant

Coaches Coat and All Terain Pant

Cirque Base Jacket, Glaze Pants-def do not wear with these boots

SKEA----this CONTES Bubble jacket---and the unique fabric is amazing....for complete coverage of the collection---check out our review from the SIA show in Denver.

Reese Jacket, Sonja Vest, Cargo Pant

Cargo pant, Bobby Vest

nice bomber hat

Diana yellow jacket, Cargo bronze pant

Chloe Red jacket

Charger jacket/pant

Helium Jacket, Revolution pant

Onyx down jacket, Onyx pant

ROSSIGNOL and it's technically driven collaboration with French designer JC de a lot of approval----those ggrrrrr animal prints are FUN.

Mereva Down Jacket, Gaga pant

Olympe sweater, Genny pant

Caroline long coat

Courchevel Jacket, Chamrousse pant

Morzine Jacket, Sameons Pant

Plagne overall, Morzine jacket

Rossignol-JC de Castelbajac

Afterwards...we ran over to Rossignol to check out their 1907 Collection---the vintage inspired lime of "ultimate winter alpine chic..." an homage to the line's 105 years old history.

ADDED PLUS =Techy features like 4 way stretch, 20k flex fabric (waterproof/breathable), and cozy warmth without the bulk of Thinsulate Platinum Insulation and premium silver duck down..

cute backpack

BB down jacket in the back---Jane light down jacket-front with Marilyn pant

Jane Light Down jacket

flattering-wind and water resistant stretch in this down jacket