Hitting the Slopes in Style

Skiwear collections have become regular occurrences for designers on the luxury end of the spectrum each fall. More drops of technical and fashion-forward ski apparel, including many collaborations, are introduced each year, and past partners tend to reprise their efforts with new designs annually. Examples for 2023 involve a variety of labels:

  • Dior is offering a collection that includes 1980s- and 1990s-inspired knits in exclusive prints with artist Peter Doig, helmets and goggles with active sports brand POC Sports, a snowboard with AK Ski, and ultralight down jackets with the Japanese label Descente. Dior has been doing collections with different collaborators for several years.
  • Pucci released a capsule with active sportswear brand Fusalp that encompasses ski suits, slim-fit pants, stretch knits, pullovers, thermal underwear, technical gloves and socks, and puffer jackets, all in the prints for which Pucci is known, in a color range including bright green, pink, purple, blue, black, and grey. This is the second collaboration for the two partners.
  • Adidas by Stella McCartney paired with Terrex for the former’s first high-performance and eco-friendly ski collection, consisting of apparel, accessories, and footwear. Key pieces include a hiker boot, insulated jackets and onesies, yoga tights, and snow goggles. The core pieces in the collection, which feature hues of dark caramel and light grey and pink, are made of 85% or more recycled materials, including ocean plastics.
  • Boss paired for a second collaboration with ski specialist Perfect Moment, including performance skiwear for men and women. The collection, which can be worn on the slopes or off, features bottoms with Perfect Moment’s signature flares, metallic jackets, knits, onesies, and accessories (eyewear, gloves, bags, and beanies). The dominant colors are black, beige, grey, and orange, with pops of bright red; many items highlight geometric prints.

Other designer labels are expanding into the ski category, although not always through collaboration. Balenciaga, for example, released its first ski collection, designed in-house, in 2023, incorporating a full range of outerwear, footwear, accessories, apparel, and ski gear, mostly in black, red, and white. Louis Vuitton and Fendi are among the many other labels active in the sector.

While the luxury labels mentioned here, among others, are leading the way in skiwear collaborations of late, other properties are also active in the category. Columbia Sportswear, for example, dropped its latest Star Wars array, The Skywalker Pilot Collection, which includes the partners’ first skiwear. The assortment encompasses jackets, a zip-front ski suit, and ski goggles, along with apparel items such as long- and short-sleeved t-shirts, pullovers, light jackets, caps, and cross-body bags.

Skier Deborah Campagnoni, meanwhile, partnered with Italian fashion brand and retailer OVS to launch a skiwear and outdoor collection called Altavia by Deborah Compagnoni, which includes jackets, fleece, pants, and thermal underalls as well as socks, hats, and gloves. And in the art space, street artist Joshua Vide created a 10-piece capsule with outerwear brand Colmar to celebrate the latter’s 100th anniversary, while Ed Curtis created a number of geometric-patterned ski pants, jackets, hoodies, leggings, and the like for premium skiwear marketer Aztech Mountain.

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