With leisure and activewear being pushed harder by designers and consumers alike, it’s easy to understand why the Après Ski looks going up and down the A/W 2016 runway are getting a little revamp. And since holiday vacations are right around the corner, what better time to stock up on some chic winter-wear with a street style twist that works just as well (if not better) in the city.
Demna Gvasalia took the lead at Balenciaga with a collection in winter staples and reworked separates to create a collection of refreshing silhouettes. The saying “bigger is better” definitely proved true as notable stand-outs from the line include: oversized parkas, thigh-high leather boots and stretched-out sweaters. I also can’t deny that the artful styling throughout the runway show inspired serious Vetements vibes that speak urban jungle as well as snowy cobblestone streets. In similar fashion, the relative new-comers at Public School, Osbourne and Chow, remained consistent in their dedication to post-punk chic complete with distressed finishes and lengthening hemlines. It’s evident that the brand is trying to establish themselves as early tastemarkers for the masses, and so far they seem to be succeeding. With pops of color here and there, the mostly dark palette compliments the striking collection very well.
I’m not a big skiier myself, but I’m not immune to cold weather either. So, I’ve been itching to get my hands on some cozy cable-knits now, thanks to Isabel Marant and Altuzarra, the wait is over. The Edison from Marant is more of an everyday grab and go, while the Caravan with leather embellishments from Altuzarra deserves a moment of it’s own. How you chose to pair the bottoms is where these looks can easily transition from slopes to streets. For instance, the Moncler fleece-lined leggings and Balenciaga panelled trousers are both viable options that show a range of versatility in the overall styling of Après-Ski-esque ensembles, and we haven’t even touched on accessories. In footwear news, let there be lace-ups! There are a plethora to choose from, but I’m especially loving the Nowles wedge ski boots from Isabel Marant Étoile. Wooly add-ons are also a must, so fuzzy arm warmers from The Elder Statesman could make an unexpected edition to your fit for some style points..and warmth.
This urban Après-Ski trend that’s transcending cold weather trends is truly becoming one of my favorites, and I hope it’s here to stay a while. I don’t like feeling as if I have to compromise warmth for style, and it’s not something we should constantly have to do. So this season, sport those puffer coats with pride because the revolution is spreading: Cozy is cool.
Brands we love: Isabel Marant “Edison” Oversized Cable Knit Sweater, Karl Donoghue Shearling Fingerless Gloves, Stella Jean “Saltare” Wool-blend Cardigan, Balenciaga Panelled Cotton-drill Trousers, Isabel Marant Étoile Nowles Concealed Wedge Ski Boots, Moncler Lucie Leather Trainers, Chloé Oversized Wool + Cashmere Blend Terry Sweater, Altuzarra “Caravan” Leather-trimmed Cable-knit Sweater, Moncler Fleece-lined Stretch Jersey Leggings, Balenciaga Oversized Bi-color Padded Parka, Stella McCartney “Mietta” Hooded Quilted Jacket, Rag & bone Sandra Wool-blend Scarf, The Elder Statesman Wool + Cashmere Arm Warmers
By Ariel Serano