Nicky’s Edit // Slope Style

Being lucky enough to have clients in some of the world’s most glamorous ski resorts in Europe and afar, we love to absorb all the wonderful pop-ups, collections and fashions that surface every winter season. From Gstaad to Val d’Isere, Sankt Moritz to Courchevel, returning fashion houses who take up shop in these uber glamorous resorts are never shy of willing big spenders who spend more time working on their après ski style than they do actually on the slopes. We still love this iconic bubble lift ad campaign by Chanel from 2014 above. 

Above the most recent Winter 2019 show at Grand Palais, Paris only days after Lagerfeld’s passing.

Chanel is keeping up with its annual winter tradition in Courchevel, setting up a pop-up store in the popular ski resort for the ninth year in a row. Open until April 2019, resort visitors and residents will have the opportunity to shop the last collections designed by the late Karl Lagerfeld. Spread over two floors, the store will present the 2018-2019 Fall-Winter Ready-to-Wear and the 2018-2019 Cruise collections. 

Such extravagance into the alpine fashion market has encouraged brands to work with other designers to design capsule collections within their winter collections. Our current favourite being Moncler and their recent Grenoble Collection collaboration with Simone Rocha. 

“This collection I was thinking more about nature. The set is outdoors, the girls are in a forest of silver birch trees, and I was thinking about Girl Guides protecting themselves against nature. The idea of camping and tents almost becomes their protection, and that is moulded into voluminous puffer capes that are tied on. Key pieces are definitely the tent capes. I’ve done some very special pearly headpieces, which I think are very Moncler.” says Rocha. 

For something a little more wearable, we turn to Net a Porter. Chamonix based brand Perfect Moment rigorously tests its activewear to ensure optimal athletic performance and an exceptional fit. Their sweatshirts (red one above) have proved a serious hit via Net a Porter. Extreme sports documentary-maker Thierry Donard launched the brand with skiwear at the forefront, but the line has since evolved to include surf, swim and workout staples that will outlast the seasons.

Of her brand Tory Sport, Tory Burch reflects on her sports brand, “Our goal was to design a collection that balances style and performance,” Inspired by ‘70s activewear, the range reflects the elegance of sport. Pieces are ergonomically tailored and feature COOLMAX® technology to keep the wearer dry and comfortable. We just love this SKI sweater above. 

Ganni’s Marianna hiking boots (left) from its SS19 collection are distinctly outerwear-inspired with a directional yet fully functional design. They’re crafted from leather in Italy with reflective orange and silver pull tabs, reflective detailing offers visibility in foggy conditions,  and chunky rubber trek soles for making it to and from those Après ski bars.  

La Montelliana’s white Margherita boots to the left are an example of the label’s passion for expert craftsmanship. They’re made in Italy from smooth leather with soft cream shearling cuffs and lining for warmth. Note that they are set on a leather and rubber Vibram Roccia trek sole, a durable and classic style, so perhaps best dodge the deeper snow, but utterly chic non the less! 

Nicky’s World, April 2019