Colgate Couture – Style on the Slopes

Katie Zarrella

There are two types of skiers. There’s the “unseasoned” skier who tries to fit three sweaters and a turtle fur under a North Face parka, stuffs a pair of jeans into suffocating boots and skids obliviously down the mountain; but then there are those who hit the slopes with style. Fast, furious and fashionable, these suave skiers turn the sport into a runway show on snow.

From Chanel snowsuits to Pucci skis, the gear for this cold weather sport is smokin’. This season, the slopes will be sprinkled with soft pastels and bright oranges, powdered with silver, black and white. A smart skier knows that function is just as important as fashion. With this in mind, brands like Burberry and Escada make clothes that will keep you toasty and looking slick as you swish down the slopes. It’s time to get out of the crud and glide into glamour with this season’s designer ski wear.

Bogner knows Nordic fashion like no one else, so if you’re looking for style, comfort and superb quality ski attire, this is your brand. For a classic Colorado look, wrap yourself up in the India down jacket. Elaborate and intricate, this Inuit inspired parka is a downhiller’s dream.

The black, quilted jacket hits just below the waist and is embroidered with pearls and white stitching. Lined with pure silk, the coat is topped with a Viscacha fur hood and trimmed at the seams with Finn-raccoon fur tails. Complete with inside pockets, a wind-catch and made from water-repellent techno-panama, this coat is cold-proof in every way possible. Wear this parka with basic black stretch pants and Dior’s oversized Gaucho sunglasses for a Western look that will have you yelling “Yippee Kayay!” all the way down to the lift line.

If you want Bogner quality but prefer a trendier, more extreme look, zip into the brand’s metallic orange Jara parka. Whether you’re blasting through the bumps or sliding down the bunny-slope, you’ll be a bombshell in this short down parka. This coat’s cozy hood is lined and trimmed with removable raccoon fur. For a complete look, pair the parka with Bogner’s ruched Ramina stretch pants. Insulated for maximum warmth, these fitted white pants will give the orange coat an extra pop.

Chanel’s satin ski jumpsuit is so hot it might melt the snow. Fit to a T, the sleek black jumpsuit has a high, structured turtle neck, a defined, paneled waist and long puffed-shoulder sleeves. Thick zippers down the front and at the pockets give this sexy jumpsuit a futuristic feel. For a truly chic ski experience, wear this suit with Chanel’s silver goggles and black quilted leather skis.

Escada’s quilted parka is perfect for the style conscious snow bunny. In pastel pink, the coat covers the hips and will keep you warm and snug with its high, wide collar. Dramatically cinched at the waist with a thin black belt, Escada’s parka is fashionable and flattering. Complete this look with black stretch pants and Dolce and Gabbana’s pink logo sunglasses. Big enough to block out wind, sun and snow, Dolce’s rectangular frame glasses are detailed with exaggerated hinges and the signature D&G logo in gold. Bundle up in this pretty in pink ensemble and you’ll be sweeter than Sugarloaf!

Burberry has got the boarder look on lockdown. Tear up the half pipe in the brand’s boxy Lingfield parka. In silver tec satin, this boxy, quilted puffer coat will be blinding as you carve your way down the mountain. Cut to hit above the hips, the parka’s signature plaid lining and large collar make it unmistakably Burberry. Layer this coat with a chunky sweater and scarf and finish the look with a baggy pair of white boarder pants and Bogner’s chrome helmet.

Prince of Prints, Emelio Pucci, started his career in fashion by making ski clothes, so it’s no surprise that the brand has teamed up with Rossignol to make a pair of signature skis. Covered with a vibrant pink, orange, and yellow print, these parabolic Puccis are bound to look lovely whether they’re ripping down the mountain or sitting pretty in the ski rack.

No matter if you’re in Aspen or the Alps, a skier’s style is just as important as her skill. Make sure you hit the stores before you hit the slopes so you can catch some air with this season’s designer ski wear!