Monthly Archives: October 2013

Alpine Style: In Fashion

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Snow Hot featuring Kate Bock, photos by Arthru Belebeau.  SELF, November 2013. 

elle magazine october 2013 ski lift néon apres flashbackSki Lift:  Even as temperatures dip, the colors remain hot – neon to be precise.  ELLE, October 2013.

swarovski elements crystal ski goggles 2013 candice swanepoelCrystal-encrusted ski goggles.  SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 2013 brand campaign featuring Candice Swanepoel, photo by Nick Knight.

banana republic apres ski collection men holiday 2013The Après Ski Shop. . . Inspired by the Alpine mountains.  Ready, set, snow.  Banana Republic, Holiday 2013.

neiman marcus mans store tom ford winter 2013Tom Ford for The Man’s Store, Neiman Marcus, Holiday 2013.

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Excursion: Orford, Québec

quebec canada orford ski area peak performanceI made a run north of the border to scout Peak Performance gear for the upcoming ski season.

quebec ski alpine antiques cranmore skimobile snow white sodaA little treasure hunting turned up these vintage alpine tchotchkes and graphics.

orford ski area mountain quebec trois montagnesMount Orford is a pleasure to ski.  I hope to make time this winter for ski days in the charming Eastern Townships — Orford, Owl’s Head and Sutton are on my list.

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Raccoon Skis: Pure Québec

raccoon skis quebec canada québécois Rad ad:  maple syrup, maple skis.  A passionate company.  Check the RACCOON web site.

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Last Look: 2013 National Team Uniforms

asksel lund svindal ski race norway uniformNORWAY:  Aksel Lund Svindal filling out his vibrant yellow speed suit and clean white and black outerwear by Phenix.

julia mancuso laurenne ross ski race usaUNITED STATES:  Julia Mancuso in black, Laurenne Ross in vivid green, uniforms by Spyder.  The green was kind of fun but I am hoping new uniforms have a more patriotic look.  I do have to give the USST and Spyder a nod for infusing inherently uptight uniforms with a sense of relaxed American mountain lifestyle.

maria hoefl riesch ski germany bogner milka pinkGERMANY:  Maria Hoefl-Riesch wears Bogner vivid pink outerwear and the snow tiger suit which is a long-standing tradition for the team.

nadia fanchini italy ski argentina race coach schladming 2013ITALY, ARGENTINA:  Bold letters in black and white clearly identify these teams in uniforms by Kappa.  Nadia Fanchini of Italy at left.  I quite like the graphic impact and utility of this strong look, especially Argentina’s stylized execution.

tina maze slovenia ski world champion schladming uniform milkaSLOVENIA:  It’s a good thing World Champion Tina Maze carries herself with such presence because this uniform by Halti is a lot to pull off.

austria ski anna fenninger michi kirchgasser milkaAUSTRIA:  Anna Fenninger in bright blue, Michaela Kirchgasser in white, outerwear by Schöffel.  The Austrian kit, like the team itself, is very strong and a contender for the best – distinctive and refined, powerful and wearable colors, complementary variety, consistent interesting themes and details, well merchandised and executed.  The back of the blue jacket is emblazoned with the claim Power Team, true enough!

ski race austria germany maria riesch puffy jacketPuffy Jackets:  Hannes Reichelt of Team Austria in black Schöffel.  Bogner male and female versions of team insulated outerwear; Maria Hoefl-Riesch again in pink.

With the Sölden FIS World Cup ski races kicking off the new season in just a few days, here is one last peek at some national team uniforms from 2013.  I am always curious to see if and how much teams change their kits year to year.  From early season training photos, I have seen a little new but much of the same from last season.  With 2014 being an Olympic year, there will be no shortage of new uniforms to be revealed!

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Ski Legend: Alf Engen

alf engen ski jump jumper 1936 norge norway1/19/1936 Press Photo:  Alf Engen, winner of the thirtieth annual ski meet of the Norge Ski Club held at Fox River Grove, Ill.  He set a new hill record of one hundred and ninety four feet, 11 ft. over the existing hill mark which was made by Kaare Walberg, member of the Olympic team in 1932.

Alf Engen came from Norway to the United States in 1929.  He dominated ski jumping competition in the 1930’s and 1940’s and was a pioneer of alpine skiing as well, focusing on powder skiing technique.  The ski champion went on to become instrumental in the design and development of the quintessential American ski resorts of Alta, Utah, Sun Valley, Idaho and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  He ran the ski school at Alf Engen Ski School Alta until 1989 and passed away in 1997.  Engen is a true ski legend and his enormous contribution to skiing in this country is commemorated by the Alf Engen Ski Museum in Park City, Utah.

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Moncler: Mountain Heritage Vs. Fashion

moncler gamme rouge ad ski snow 2013xmoncler gamme rouge ad ski snow man husky dog 2013Vogue, September 2013
moncler gamme rouge ad woman ski snow black white 2013xmoncler gamme rouge ad man husky dog ski snow 2013Elle, October 2013

While combing through the thick fall fashion magazines, I was thrilled to come across new Moncler print ads that actually represent an alpine setting!

Although luxury and fashion are certainly nothing new to Moncler — arguably as much of the brand’s identity as function — the repositioning of the label in recent history has diverged from why I relate to the brand.  Celebrity collaborations, flash mob fashion shows and Bruce Weber ad campaigns of golden retrievers leave me cold and do little to reinforce the brand’s distinguished mountain heritage.  The reality:  Moncler has changed from a luxury sport brand to a luxury fashion brand.

I love Moncler not just for the finest quality goose down garments – but because the brand was born in the mountains and of adventure.  Founded in 1952 in France, Moncler manufactured tents and sleeping bags which led to the creation of the duvet (down) parka.  These innovative new garments outfitted mountain climbers for expeditions, evolved further into ski-specific outerwear and a trademark style inevitably resulted.

With the purchase of Moncler by businessman Remo Ruffini in 2003, positioning of the brand has transformed to court the fashionable elite more so than the luxury-minded athlete.  New urban retail outposts have fed this strategy.  Demand and business appear to be on the rise, an IPO is in the works – cementing this trendier direction.

I will do my best to filter through the fashion overload to keep my relationship with Moncler one of a little luxury, a lot of utility and always the mountains.

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U.S. Ski Team: Baby on Board(s)

suzy harris rytting us ski team baby 19521/30/1952 Press Photo:  Grindelwald, Switzerland. . . Mrs. Suzy Harris Rytting, considered the beauty queen of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Ski Team, will get a letter of apology from the U.S. Olympic Ski Committee because of her ouster from the team.  Mrs. Rytting was sent home by the selection committee when it was learned she is an expectant mother.  In her home in Salt Lake City, Mrs. Rytting explained she didn’t mind so much being sent home but thought she was treated rather shabbily by the committee.  She asked to remain in Europe until her mother or her husband could join her but she was told, she said, by team officials that she had to leave immediately.

Fortunately, times have changed.  I can’t help but be reminded of the incredible and inspirational Sarah Schleper who took a year off from her esteemed U.S. Ski Team career for the birth of her son, Lasse – and then returned as a mom, with her family, for several more years of World Cup and Olympic competition!

sarah schleper ski son lasse garmisch 2011 world championshipsSarah Schleper with her son, Lasse, while competing at the 2011 World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.  Photo:  gap2011.com

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Ski Racer: Fabienne Serrat

fabienne serrat france ski racer st moritz world champion 2/5/1974 Press Photo:  Ski World Championship in St. Moritz – The first title of World Champion has been disputed by the girls in giant slalom.  The competition saw French Fabienne Serrat winner, second the German Traudel Treichel (left) and third the French Jacqueline Rouvier (right).  Fabienne also won gold in the Combined event at these World Championships; she was 17.

fabienne serrat ski race france world cup 12/13/1980 Press Photo:  PIANCAVALLO, ITALY:  Fabienne Serrat, 24, of France, winner of the World Cup slalom 12/13 raises her hands as she is held by Erike Hess (L) of Switzerland who finished second and Maria Rosa Quario of Italy who came in third.

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Gym Class: University of New Hampshire, 1943

university new hampshire ski class women 19431/18/1943 Press Photo:  Skiing means a lot of outdoor fun – while muscles are toughened fresh air works its benefits.  Sports which give vigorous exercise without requiring long hours of instruction have a prominent place in the feminine toughening up process. 

The University of New Hampshire is one of the first colleges to follow the War Program of Physical Fitness through Physical Education, as applied to women.  Body building rather than recreational sports is the pattern adhered to by these coeds.  Some 650 girls regularly do calisthenics, stunts and tumbling, Army tactics in marching and drill formations, and run the same obstacle course used in the men’s physical education program.  As a result, University of New Hampshire women students will be ready for any kind of war work or military duty, no matter how strenuous.

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