Monthly Archives: May 2013

On the Snow: Camouflage

army surplus jacket for skiing

There is a lot of buzz lately about the camouflage “trend”.  Agreed, camo is everywhere – from Valentino’s Spring 2013 fashion collection to utilitarian L.L. Bean Hunter’s tote bags and nearly any other functional or frivolous product you could desire.  I see the pattern more as a standard and accept it as commonplace.

There is no shortage of camo on the slopes manufactured by ski, snowboard and outdoor gear brands.  But this guy caught my eye with his army surplus jacket appropriated for skiing and paired with technical pants.  The jacket looks right on him – and what he likely lacks in performance of sport-specific outerwear is balanced out in style with authenticity.

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Rossignol 1987: Success Breeds Scarcity

rossignol 4s 3g kevlar ski

A dramatic overhaul to what had been sedate gray and black graphics, this generation of the 4S slalom ski ushered in the distinctive look of green – or teal green as in my memory – and in my opinion, became an icon of its era.  The clean white of the smooth, fast and fun 3G emphasized the graphic impact of this collection.

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Margaret Thatcher Skiing in 1962

margaret thatcher ski1962 press photo caption reads:  WILL SHE BE BRITAIN’S FIRST WOMAN PRIME MINISTER?

Mrs Margaret Thatcher, who was successful in winning the Tory leadership yesterday now hopes to emulate Golda Meir of Israel, Mrs Indira Ghandi of India, and Mrs Bandaranaika of Shri Lanka, who have all led their countries.  Margaret Thatcher was a grocer’s daughter, won a scholarship to Oxford, where she won degrees in Chemistry and Law and entered parliament as M.P. for Finchley in 1949.  She married Denis Thatcher, a director of B.P. in 1951 and they have twin children, Mark and Carol now aged 22.

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