Sunday, November 6, 2016

SUMMIT to STREET Fashion/Function Outerwear


DARE 2B, SKEA, SNOWMAN New York, ALPHA INDUSTRIES


Winter worthy outerwear-assuming it might get cold--- has sleeker silhouettes this season -courtesy of warmth without the bulk functional 'smart' fabrics / insulation that keep wearers dry in all sorts of weather-and heartbeat rates... moving out moisture from output activities (Primaloft Gold/Silver/Black, Polartec's Alpha, 3M's Thinsulate)-keeping wearers from chattering teeth when still, encased in stretchy easy to move in textiles embedded with wind/water stopping tech that breathes (slew of Gore-Tex® technologies, Pertex Quantum + Shield)-to name just a few name brand textiles.
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AND although harsh conditions/extreme destinations require the utmost tech wear to survive...most other jaunts-whether to resort mountains or city bars...can be served by multi-tasking-fashion-y-stylish pieces-that are  versatile- durable-and protective enough.

we've reviewed several pieces from Dare 2b a Brit line-that sources highly functional fabrics -insulation branded for their own line. One of our favs the Captivate Jacket $275...love the rose gold metallic center and pocket zips, faux fur on detachable hood-detaches, with features we expect from true ski jackets...like velcro cuffs, 
waterproof/breathable with DWR,  inner stretch cuffs, , adjustable shock cord hem system, high loft synthetic insulation, + fixed snow skirt.

SKEA majors in women's/girl's function-fashion outerwear/midlayers-a home grown Colorado brand that epitomizes stylish winter apparel that elegantly transitions its wearer into a sophisticate (that's warm)... in any resort mountain-destination-  aprés ski setting-or urban avenue.
quilted ethically sourced ultra light down-gets a snazzy silhouette in a classic 1 size poncho w/ and warmers-Michele Shawl

amazingly-this 40 grams Thinsulate- A line Shelby diamond quilt stitch skirt actually looks good on a women's body vs the labels that add the inches (who wants that?). CUTE-bold center zip. Satin lining.

versatile Hilary jacket-a mid layer or wear on its own-also good for high output cold weather activities---with insulting down core and stretchy side panels...and just zip pockets for essentials. Slim fit  

Hilary jacket in this fabric dazzles!!! Hologram collection features several silhouettes in see me chrome fabric...also comes in vest version-same 90/10 goose down insulation and power stretch side panels.

RESI Stretch Moto style-technical AND super sleek ski jacket...waterproof/breathable with contrast stitch shoulder+sleeve trim, 100 grams of Thinsulate insulation, satnd up collar, metal luxe zips, 

fixed powder skirt...even this has snazzy snaps

puffies are FUN when delivered in Blue Chrome and slimmed down on the sides (clever)-part of Skea's Vivid Collection-80/20 goose down 550 fill with Thinsulate side panels for a sleeker fit-PLUS all tech features one needs for a day int he snow like fixed powder skirt, heat releasing pit zips, zip off down hood, 

SNOWMAN New York-is a small label that has serious fashion cred imo-love  their ability to make down insulated outwear is as close to sexy lingerie as any warm down filled coat/jacket can possibly be. Warm with 90/10 primo down filling in water resistant nylon shell, YKK 2 way zippers and mixed grid stitching patterns-this label has a very feminine edge.
LOVE this Shadow New York in black-with a hood-hand warmer pockets-

SURREAL -in pretty smokey blue-hood can be unbuttoned and draped like a collar (shown that way)-extended sleeve can be removed for layering with a sweater (handy options), 2 way YKK zipper front for sitters/movers-and inside the sleeve-elastic band ensures a perfect fit that keeps the wind out.
Mission NewYork-cropped top perfect layering piece-hidden hood in collar-YKK zips-insulated with 90/10 down fill


ALPHA INDUSTRIES-iconic bombers that kept USA military warm-keeps its 21st century wearers handsomely insulated...with vintage looking patches  adorning the always in silhouettes-plus other retro looks like flight jackets-and field coats---. 
Eye-catching-the designs are conjured up straight from archival designs.



handy details like zip sleeve pocket, hand warmer and snap close pockets, woven hemmed cuffs-waist, and weather tough materials used...21st century versions are as durable as those from 60 years ago.