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Dispatches from Aspen Fashion Week


File this one under: only in Aspen. Someone apparently had a formal engagement at the top of a ski lift.

Our intrepid editor Randy Goldberg has spent the past few daysroughing it at Aspen Fashion Week, bombing down Ajax mountain, making sure every hot tub in Colorado is safe, and tracking down the latest in skiwear, starting with this shawl-collared gentleman.

The good news is, if you want to take to the slopes without looking like an 80s-era Bond villain, you’ve got plenty of options.

The most talked-about man of the week wasn’t even in attendance: Klaus Obermeyer, also known as the inventor of the quilted down parka. He broke his femur two weeks ago in a 70mph ski crash, and still plans to get back on the mountain before the end of the season. (Did we mention he’s 92?) As it turns out, that’s how Aspen lifers think. Also, he designs a pretty crazy pair of pants.

Jean Charles de Castelbajac also made a strong impression with his plaid-soaked Rossignol collection. It’s more Shaun White than Hermann Maier, which, together with the painterly camo, makes it one of the more enticing jackets of the week.

Neve Designs gets extra credit for bringing a St. Bernard onto the runway, and Kjus (rhymes with “is loose”) became our obsession of the moment, thanks to trim cuts and near-pathological attention to detail. And in a weekend full of skiwear, it was good to see a brand like number:lab representing handsome lowland gear.

But when in doubt, stick with the tuxedo.