LINING UP YOUR SKI WEAR THIS WINTER

Published: 16th February 2012
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This year’s winter sport élan is looking to boost your popularity as well as your speed down the slopes, as top designers have fully utilised the poise of fur fashion to ensure you’ll be keeping both warm and stylish this ski season.

It’s no secret that snow-based holidays aren’t just for the super sporty, as this winter’s designer ski wear brings forth activity fashion as fast off the runway as down a Black run. The stylish ski elite manage a variety of styles and looks whether spending days on the slopes or heading into the chilled night air for some much deserved Après-Ski. The biggest draw of the season looks to the animal kingdom for heavily insulated down linings and the inherent warmth of fur trims. Fur fashion is a natural for protection against the harsher elements and is abundant in this winter’s wide range of ski styles.

Starting with those all important accessories when it comes to extra shielding from the harsher aspects of spending time in the snow; hand protectors for skiing and snowboarding look to Poivre’s vibrant hues on their fur-trimmed Blanc ski mittens, while gloves more suited to the evening come from the sleek leather with lamb cuff of Byblos or mink trim from Jaeger and for men, Antonio Azzuolo’s hand-muffs or sheared mink corduroy mittens from Gaspard Yurkievich. Wrap it up with scarves and stoles from the Toscana lamb of Donna Karen for women, rabbit scarves of Loden Dager in menswear or the unisex designs of Band of Outsiders, also in soft rabbit.

Jackets to take on the slopes see more tapered seams and fitted finishes to streamline and smarten your on- piste appearance. Duvetica get creative for both sexes with their dual purpose high sheen fur-lined hooded down jackets which serve for on and off slope. Parka’s are bringing new styles to glam up the daywear for winter wonderland trips and activities or enhance the evening wear around snow-filled towns like Peter Som’s mink-lined carbon twill parka for layering, Parajumpers go large with fur lapels on their Teflon-coated Parka in an eye-catching red and Undercover’s patchwork parka with fox-trimmed hood, alongside Isabel Marant’s colour contrast parka with shearling and Chado Ralph Rucci’s Sable Ski Parka. For men, Napapijri’s Open Skidoo Jacket gives a padded interior with drawstring waist and elasticated cuffs together with its large fur collar, the shearling coats of Diesel Black Gold, Marc by Marc Jacobs adds fox-trim to trench coat and Zang Toi offers fox lapels, as well as Antonio Azzuolo, who also provides fox plus lamb collars on overcoats.

High in the mountains, touching the sky, the Aviator brings extra warmth while looking ultra cool with its traditional shearling collars and leather outer skin. Unique variations come from Zero + Maria Cornejo for men or Nicholas K, Ohne Titel, Loewe, Etro and Alexander Wang, who also bring a taffeta and tweed ski jacket with fox hood, finished with mink-strapped sunglasses in women’s fur fashion.

From mountains to capes, the thermally insulated St Moritz water and windproof ski cape from the sporting prowess of Sweaty Betty’s Snow range invokes the glamour of the 60’s with adjustable belt and finished with fur trims and a detachable fur collar. Showing your license to thrill, the Cresta Ski Jumpsuit will also bring out the Bond Girl in you with flattering black contour cut with fleece lining and topped with a fur high neck trim. ‘Bonding’ over vintage allure, these are finished off to perfection in true 007 style with the wide choice of fur Cossack and Ushanka hats on offer or John Richmond’s silver fox earmuffs. As men’s ski wear goes more retro casual with fur-lined chunky knits like the fur-lined Premier ski knit of high street favourite Superdry. UGG Australia provides a myriad of stylishly practical and classic sheepskin lined boots worn under or atop jeans, with the ensemble capped off with a Woolrich fur-lined Arctic trapper.
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