The Milan runways have been full of stylish alternatives to typical snowwear, and Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana took this theme and masterfully ran with it. For F/W 10, they used an earthen color palette for puffer silhouettes in every classification. The Fair Isle puffer jackets were an outstanding example of how to take a trend-right motif and evolve it beyond its usual incarnation. Accessories are crucial to the apres-ski look, and here they included moon boots, trapper hats, and witty “lift ticket” necklaces. Near the end of the show the cocooning layers slowly decreased to reveal luxe sportswear, like a velvet vest and denim shirt juxtaposed with chocolate-colored ski pants. And if anyone knows how to fuse skiwear with formalwear, it would be this dynamic designer duo. A final group of exits included a black “tuxedo ski suit” complete with a white shirt, black bow-tie and a velvet evening jacket worn with white “marshmallow” pants, completing a vision that merged elegance and performance with pure fun.

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