The Sundance Film Festival is one of the few places it’s considered fashionable to dress like a ski bunny (perhaps also the long weekend of alpine-chic-ness in March known as Aspen Fashion Week). Take James Franco, here, walking the red carpet wearing a grin that calls into question his sobriety—and in a winter sweater from Dockers.
Matthew McConaughey showed up a few minutes later, wearing a puffer jacket with his lift pass still attached. Anywhere else, they’d be lambasted for walking a red carpet in anything less than a blazer, but in Park City, UT, skiwear is the new formalwear. Sure, it’s a small window of opportunity, but when the majority of your life is spent running the press gauntlet, not having to change between a screening and a day on the slopes is one worth capitalizing on.
From time to time, a man may sustain injury.
It might happen in battle, or result from powerful exertions of strength or—in the case of Brad Pitt—in the course of rescuing one’s daughter from a treacherous ski slope.
But no matter how you come by your injury, the important thing is to wear it with pride. This pic comes from last night’s Critics’ Choice awards, where Pitt did just that. It’s a simple, functional cane (conveniently coordinated with his black tux), but was our favorite thing on the red carpet for the simple reason that it made him look more interesting.
When your baseline is being Brad Pitt, that’s no easy thing.
Our obsession of the day is vintage ski posters (which may have something to do with the frosty conditions outside). This one comes from the legendary Warren Miller in Jackson Hole circa 1965. We don’t have a name for the skier, but he certainly knew his way around a pair of sunglasses.
As you may have noticed, there was a lot of strangeness going around last week in Aspen, but there was also some great deep-winter style on display. These are our best pics of both, starting with this snap of Jean-Charles de Castelbajac looking sharp here with Lauren Bush.
A warning for the weak-hearted: there is at least one pair of pleated leather pants after the jump.
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.
Baseball and football movies are thick on the ground, but without crowds to go wild or a big game to close on, skiing movies tend to be a pretty dicey proposition. Luckily, Criterion has dug up what might be the best one, and you can pick it starting tomorrow—just in time for ski season.
Downhill Racer takes Robert Redford through the thrills and doubts of the downhill ski circuit circa 1969. Over the course of 100 minutes, he bristles under authority, makes the acquaintance of an appropriately appealing Swedish woman, and tears through some of the Alps’ better scenery—all a good deal more cinematic than anything you’ll find on a gridiron.
Like The Hustler, it stretches the underdog sports premise into a conflicted meditation on the nature of success. Redford’s great, and so is Gene Hackman as his coach, but for our money the real credit goes to the writer, James Salter, who got the gig by writing some of the era’s best books on machismo. (Further reading here.)
Watch close and you might even pick up a few slalom tricks.
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