By: Washington Post
September 5, 2012
DENVER — More street styles are making their way on to snow slopes, from longer lengths in women’s jackets to high-performance hoodies that could be worn while riding or skiing — or in the city later.
Makers of ski pants and jackets also are offering some styles this winter with flaunted opulence but also recycled materials in response to separate trends for outre designs and eco-elegance.
The over-the-top luxury is showing up in gold and fur accents, and exotic animal skin prints in offbeat colors, said Jeanine Pesce, trend analyst of the fashion forecasting firm Stylesight. This coming winter, Obermeyer, for example, is offering slim puffy down coats in a python pattern, in either shiny blue or silver.
On the other end of the spectrum, designers are giving a nod to what Pesce calls an “anti-outerwear” movement. At early and late-season on-mountain events, skiers and snowboarders have been taking to the snow wearing sweatshirts, vests and flannel shirts, without coats.
Burton’s newest tech apparel collection includes pieces that would look at home on a city street but also work for the slopes. The men’s collection has a waterproof soft-shell hoodie with fleece lining, performance denim jackets and pants designed with insulation and water-repellant materials, and a technical, high-performance corduroy. For women, there’s a quick-drying tank top with an antimicrobial finish, aimed at keeping odor at bay, to wear as a layer under ski gear or later for an apres-ski happy hour.