Category Archives: Outerwear

Ski Aspen: 1952

aspen colorado 1952 vintage ski skiers

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On the Snow: JC de Castelbajac Snow Tigers

rossignol castelbajac jane tiger ski jacketJC de Castelbajac for Rossignol as seen at ISPO, January 2012.

julia mancuso downhill schladming world championshipsJulia Mancuso after her 5th place finish in the Women’s Downhill at the 2013 Alpine World Championships in Schladming, Austria.  On Julia:  USST jacket by Spyder and Houdini Sleepwalker down skirt.

rossignol castelbajac snow tiger ski jacket pantsOn her:  JC de Castelbajac Clemence Down TG Jacket, Geny PR Pant.  On him:  JC de Castelbajac Snowtiger Jacket, Snowtiger Pant.

I enjoyed watching this broadcasting duo at the Alpine World Championships in Schladming, Austria.  Each day they would come dressed in exquisite complementary ensembles of luxury outerwear.  The wild snow tiger theme shown here as they interview Julia Mancuso is by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac for Rossignol – styles I had seen the winter prior at the ISPO trade show but never expected to have the good fortune to see on snow!

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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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Shopping Zürich: Alprausch

Alprausch is not to be missed when in Zürich.  For the merchandise, the in-store environment and of course, the spirit of the brand – a celebration of Swiss alpine culture!  Traditional themes are translated into playful streetwear, technical outerwear and accessories.  Graphic design plays an intrinsic role:  examples from 2012 and 2013.

alprausch store zurichxalprausch scarvesThese scarves – I mean really, how are you supposed to buy just one?  (There are many more designs than shown here.)  The pom fringe, folky scherenschnitt (papercutting) themes, skiing squirrels – it’s almost too much to process.  Needless to say, I left with an assortment.

alprausch scarf squirrel skixalpraursch zurich switzerlandShrine to Swiss alpine kitsch.

Alprausch Flagship Store:  Werdmühleplatz 4, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

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Super Star: Kaylin Richardson

My favorite example of outerwear customization:  Kaylin Richardson’s star pants!  Kaylin confirmed the star came to be out of necessity, a patch to cover a hole in the knee.  It is a brilliant fix – doesn’t look like a repair, rather a stylish little detail that emphasizes her stoked style.

kaylin_canyonsskiKaylin fulfilling her duties as Ambassador of Skiing at Canyons Resort.  Photo:  Scott Markewitz

kaylinrichardson_starThe star pants in action.  Photo:  Courtesy of Kaylin Richardson

snowbird_crystalwrightThe star pants on the podium:  1st Place at the Snowbird, Utah stop of the 2012 Freeskiing World Tour.  Photo:  via skier Crystal Wright (in yellow).

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H&M to Outfit the Swedish Olympic Team for Sochi 2014

hm_olympic_anjaparsonAnja Pärson and Viktoria Helgesson at the first fitting

Olympic and Paralympic collectionDavid Ekholm at the first fitting

Key looksPhotos & Sketches:  H&M via The Telegraph UK

Anja Pärson, a former alpine skier and multiple Olympic champion said that wearing clothes from a Swedish company “will strengthen the team, our team spirit and image to the outside world, especially when it is an internationally renowned brand like H&M.”

I am sure it will.  I am also sure I would like to see how Peak Performance would have tackled the design of uniforms, technical and casual, for their home country.  There is just too much exceptional sport and sport lifestyle product coming out of Sweden – I find it a bit disappointing to have a fashion brand land this prestigious endeavor.  (Though I can get on board with that sweater, sleeve stripes in particular.)  Sounds like H&M will provide opening and closing ceremony outfits and casual apparel – I will be curious to see what brand(s) provide the technical sport-specific uniforms.

Read the full article at The Telegraph UK.

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ISPO 2013: Munich, Germany

Here a few shots from the February 2013 ISPO trade show in Munich, Germany — a little preview of Winter 2013/14 apparel.

02031©anapolitano2013Luis Trenker:  Classic alpine style reinterpreted in gorgeous combinations of natural and synthetic fabrics.

02033©anapolitano2013x02034©anapolitano2013Almrausch:  Very sweet with traditional alpine motifs.

02039©anapolitano2013Fantastic cape!  And I totally appreciate the commitment to down for knickers and a dress.  I cannot recall the brand.  Does anyone know?

02035©anapolitano2013Ortovox:  Color block base layer.  Ortovox apparel and pack lines are standouts of clean design and crisp coloration.

02037©anapolitano2013Black Yak:  By far, the most original and thought provoking apparel collection at the show.  Unique and sophisticated silhouettes, patterning, colors and material combinations.  Serious inspiration!

020310©anapolitano2013Rossignol:  Happiness!

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Fan-tastic Embroidered Jacket

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NASCAR and Martinsville Speedway in Virginia have absolutely nothing to do with alpine inspiration.  But this racetrack sighting has a style all its own and is too good to not share. This dedicated NASCAR fan collected signatures of her favorite drivers on her jacket and then painstakingly hand-embroidered over each inked signature to preserve.  The result is very special and quite permanent.  (I have a CB jacket circa 1985 with a fading Phil Mahre autograph that would benefit from this embroidery application!)

I see this race fan’s jacket as a phenomenal example of gear customization – where a stock item is transformed into a truly original, highly personal and often very creative one-of-a-kind item.  I am looking forward to highlighting customization in the alpine realm – be it the never ending ways to apply colorful and graphic duct tape to race gear, patches stitched to a backpack from travels abroad or whatever exciting and unique variations may present themselves.

If you are game for some non-snow racing action, the NASCAR Sprint Cup STP Gas Booster 500 runs today at the Martinsville track.  Tune into Fox at 1:00 pm ET for live coverage.

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ISPO 2013: Yellow

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Yellow was everywhere at the February 2013 ISPO Munich tradeshow.  From gold to lemon and everything in between – the sunny hue appears to be the dominant trend color story for winter 2013/14.

More from the world’s leading wintersport tradeshow to follow soon. . .

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On the Snow: Napapijri & Parajumpers

033010©anapolitano2013x033012©anapolitano2013Napapijri Armes down jacket – love the vintage patches, of course!  But obsessed with the Parajumpers Mistress pants in red wool!

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