In 1952, a free-spirited Egyptian Parisian by the name of Gaby Aghion, by applying a bohemian, youthful twist to haute couture and stunning contemporary fabrics, invented the concept of luxury prêt-à-porter. At the same time some 350 miles or so to the south-west on the banks of Lake Annecy, in the heart of the French Alps, two forward-thinking tailors were busily transforming Alpine ski clothing by making style, technicality and comfort a holy triumvirate that proved so appealing on-piste, their garments were adopted by France’s national skiing teams the following decade.
Now, the two heritage French labels that resulted from these ground-breaking sartorial endeavours, founded in the same year, have come together to create a skiwear capsule packed with technical outerwear, knitwear and accessories that contemporary, au courant women will be delighted to wear in both the metropolis or on the slopes.
The collection’s silhouettes will marry the technical, functional expertise that remains Fusalp’s raison d’être almost seven decades after its founding, while the elevated fashion design is distinctly that of Chloé: a brand whose stylistic yen these days, under the creative direction of Natacha Ramsay-Levi, is underpinned by six core values – natural femininity, free-spiritedness, modernity, effortlessness, sisterhood and grace.
A colour palette that runs from classic navy to antique rust via winter white, vibrant red and beige rosé is a nod to Fusalp’s aforementioned tradition of outfitting the national ski team, but also pays deference to the naturally feminine tones favoured by Chloé. The collection includes a quilted doudoune (or “down jacket”), a smocked jacket, fitted and high-waist boot cut pants, colour-blocked knits and a ski suit with graphic contouring, whist the accessories range includes sporty gloves and a branded helmet and ski goggles (made by Dragon).
Each piece is labelled with an insignia that celebrates the brand partnership, completing an overall look which the word “sporty” doesn’t do justice to: this is more like metropolitan-sleek, enhanced by more than a touch of vintage athletic chic.
The Chloé x Fusalp capsule will launch exclusively through Net-A-Porter today, and will be subsequently available through the brands’ boutiques globally as well as online sites from November 2.
See below for shots of more items from the capsule.