Tuesday 24 January 2017

Darren Kennedy: ski slope chic

Keep warm and stylish on the piste this year with these top picks

Darren Kennedy

Published 14/02/2016 | 02:30

Chloe: Net-a-porter.com
Chloe: Net-a-porter.com
Belstaff, €437.50, Kildare Village.
Chloé snow capsule intarsia cashmere sweater, €790, Net-a-porter.com
Acid Yellow Mirror Leather and Black Moon Boot, €595, jimmychoo.com
Skater skirt: Amal Clooney with husband George.

You've got your flights booked, ski passes reserved and now you're on the lookout for practical snow apparel.

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Remaining stylish both on and off the slopes is a key requirement of any ski trip. It's not enough to just look the part, you need to know that you're wrapping up in pieces that marry form with function - in other words your ski attire needs to withstand plunging temperatures and heavy-duty activity while still looking cool (at least that's what I tell myself when I'm hitting the slopes!). To make life easier, Net-a-Porter has teamed up with French fashion house Chloé to launch an exclusive Snow Capsule collection. Inspired by classic sporty styles seen on the French Alps during the 1970s, the retro vibe is apparent throughout from the best-selling intarsia-knit cashmere rollneck to an oversized shearling parka. Function comes in details such as insulating quilted arms and elasticated cuffs, while waist-defining belts and shearling-trimmed hoods inject a sartorial finish. Whether you're skiing, snowboarding or just skipping straight to après ski, this collection won't let you down.

Celeb  inspiration

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Amal Clooney reminds us that the simple skater-skirt should never be underestimated as she literally blossoms before our eyes in this custom Giambattista Valli couture dress. Working her never-ending legs in this exquisitely detailed white skater with red florals emanating from the waist, Amal channels a bit of old Hollywood glamour with a bold red lip and contemporary metallic accessories.

Top tip

The distinctive cut of a skater dress usually includes a high neck, a nipped-in waist and a kicked-out skirt. The skirt hem provides the glamour showcasing legs, defining the waist and creating the hour-glass shape. It’s the figure-flattering no-brainer!

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