American Designer Shayne Oliver is the first designer to work with Colmar on A.G.E. (Advanced Garment Exploration).
In an atmosphere of ‘Alpine nostalgia', the vision of the American designer Shayne Oliver meets the heritage of the brand that has written the history of skiing: Colmar. Candid's Fashion Editor, Thomas Falkenstedt, believes the Alpine influence will be widely felt in fashion this winter and guides us through the collaboration.
Over the years, Colmar has aided all fans of the mountains with ‘how to dress' in the Alpine world in general and skiing in particular. Shayne Oliver, himself a pioneer, from the very beginning appeared determined to bring this world back to life. Shayne delved into an enormous archive delicately and respectfully, spying on its history in all its nooks and crannies, being influenced by iconic pieces and disruptive details. With that said, the collection doesn't make the mistake of being nostalgic in retro pieces while it still managing to pay a tribute to Colmar's long history.
Through imagining prying out fundamental elements of historic jackets and recomposing them with the uniqueness of his imagination and eccentricity, a visionary collection comes into being where the products are extended, and the frontiers duplicated.
The outerwear becomes cape-jackets, which can be hung from the shoulders like small parachutes. Double and triple parkas can be worn back-to-front and are completely reversible; double sleeves, double hoods, oversized and unisex fits, garish colours and shiny fabrics associated with cool tones and opaque fabrics are borrowed from the technicality of ski-suits.
The unisex trousers in three colours reproduce the gaiters launched by Colmar in the 1970s. The over-trousers to have with you all the time to ski anywhere today become a fashion piece which you can even wear in the city.
Giulio Colombo, CEO of Colmar, with designer Shayne Oliver
Head over to Colmar's website to check out the collaboration.
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