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How Fashion Designers are Taking Inspiration from Luxury Ski Wear

21st February 2019

Long gone are the days when ski wear equalled Michelin man style ski jackets and garish ski suits. This has become particularly apparent following this year’s London Fashion Week. Ski wear has become so in style that it’s actually setting trends on the catwalk.

We’ve seen big names in fashion release capsule ski collections. From Fendi to Saint Lauren and Jimmy Choo – the most luxurious labels have all tried their hand at ski fashion. However, up and coming designers are now taking inspiration from ski wear and translating it into their ready to wear, catwalk and street wear collections.

With sports luxe showing no signs of slowing down, luxury ski fashion seems to be the latest development. When puffer jackets and ski boot inspired footwear is gracing the catwalks of the hottest shows, you know ski clothing is having a moment.

Here’s a look at some of the designers from London Fashion Week who have taken inspiration from ski wear.


Goggles and Beanies at Edith Marcel

The Edith Marcel label is a collaboration between designers Gianluca Ferracin and Andrea Masato from the University of Venice. Experimenting with forms, volumes and lengths, the duo have created unisex designs for their Fall Winter collection featuring padded puffer coats and sports luxe inspired looks, all accessorised with goggles and a knitted beanie.

This merging of high-fashion with recognisable ski accents shows how ski wear is beginning to influence the luxury fashion industry.

Padded Jackets at Pluto Close

Hannah Wallace named her brand after a social housing estate in Leicester. Her designs are influenced by inner-city style, particularly sportswear. Featuring heavily padded jackets, gilets and all in one padded suits, there is an unmistakable ski wear influenced thread to her work. The neoprene balaclava and base layer in the winter collection is also a strong nod to ski resort fashion.

With the label’s creations being worn by high calibre celebrities such as Rihanna, Pluto Close is definitely one to watch.

Kitty Shukman Takes on the Ski Boot

Kitty Shukman received the prominent Cordwainers Cup for excellence in footwear in 2018 and her heavy platformed boots which featured in her most recent Autumn Winter collection make a strong fashion statement. Resembling futuristic snow boots or moon boots with a fashion edge, thick laces, velcro straps and sports materials indicate that the humble ski boot is trending.

Ski boot inspired footwear could be making an appearance in all the hottest après ski spots before we know it!

Nostalgic Knitwear at Prululla

With a degree from the London College of Fashion and an MA from Goldsmiths, the designer worked at Proenza Schouler and Mary Katrantzou before launching the Prululla brand. Made from the highest quality Italian textiles, knits in 70s pastel colours and stripes evoke the ski knitwear of the past.

Soft, practical and easy to wear, this is definitely a luxury fashion trend we can get behind.

Perfect for cosy drinks back at your luxury ski chalet after a day out on the slopes!


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DB Berdan’s Sportswear Luxe

DB Berdan is a young London label influenced by street culture. The designers have completed several collaborations with major brands such as Mercedes and Braun. Block colours, graphic shapes and slogans all reference ski wear in their most recent Autumn Winter collection at fashion week. Again, we see puffer coats, ski trousers and all in ones, with looks being finished off with chunky boots.

It seems ski jacket inspired puffer coats are here to stay. Another welcome trend that will keep you warm on and off the slopes. An essential ski holiday item for any style discerning skier.

Wesley Harriott and Fluro Fashion

Harriot’s fluorescent latex body suit designs cover the lower half of the face, reminiscent of base layer ski clothing and ski snoods. Baggy trousers with pockets are another hint to women’s ski fashion. Fusing glamorous fabrics and sequins with a ski silhouette, Harriott elevates ski wear to another level.

This is what we mean by piste-to-party fashion. (Although we don’t recommend wearing these designs on the slopes).

Luxury Fashion On and Off The Slopes

While some of these catwalk designs may be a little too ‘out there’ for sophisticated après ski soirées, they do suggest that now is the perfect moment to experiment with ski fashion on and off the slopes.

This ski season, why not play with the latest in ski fashion and take your fashionable ski clothes off the mountain and onto the streets? From the slopes, to the aprè ski bars, packing a few extra sports luxe items into your ski holiday suitcase will inject an instant shot of luxury fashion into your holiday looks.


Complete Your Look

A high fashion wardrobe deserves a fashionable ski area to be shown off in. The Three Valleys are home to some of the most luxurious and well-known ski resorts in Europe.

Meribel is famed for being one of the prettiest resorts in the valley, with traditional wooden buildings and a sophisticated aprè ski scene. While Courchevel 1850 is known for providing world class skiing and drawing celebrities from across the globe.

Alpine Infusion are experts in providing impeccable, luxury ski holiday experiences that will be remembered for a lifetime. Our range of luxury catered chalets in Meribel and elegant ski chalets in Courchevel are the perfect setting to show off your stylish ski fashion credentials.

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