Slideshow: Fashion at the X Games
By Susan Redstone
The annual X Games in Aspen is always a colorful, explosive, record-breaking, and trend-setting weekend—and that’s just the sporting action. Also deserving of a highlights reel is the superpipe style of this year’s skiers and riders.
Eco-Chic Style and Elongated Coats
Female athletes sported unique looks, with longer than ever coats emblazoned with everything from paint splatter designs to animal prints. Jamie Anderson, repeat gold medal snowboard slopestyle champ, took her snow-style cues from the sandy beaches of Mexico. “I love this look,” she said in her mauve tie-dye Billabong jacket, cut long for comfort and made from earth-friendly recycled polyester and hemp. Clad in an ensemble made of recycled fibers, snowboard superpipe silver medalist Elena Hight partnered with the eco-chic brand Repreve. And the crowd was literally a sea of green, as thousands wore Repreve’s lime green swag beanies, each made of six recycled plastic bottles. “Even my gator is made from Repreve,” quipped Hight, with a wolf graphic on the back of her jacket.
Grommets, Graffiti Prints, and a Bevy of Backpacks
Undefeatable gold superpipe snowboarder Kelly Clark (a die-hard Burton girl) led the trend of earth tones, muted colors, and long jackets. “All good for better comfort,” she said. Other style standouts included backpacks, Aztec prints, rave-hot graphics, and graffiti prints. Über-boarder and six-peat gold medalist Shaun White was seemingly unaware of just how on-trend his grometted jacket was as he stole the pipe spotlight. Apparently, the custom designed jacket was inspired by a vintage vest White dug up in New York’s East Village. “This vest, it had metal snaps, like washers,” he said. “They were cool!”
Gold Medal Trend: Tangerine
Still, the trend that made the most fashion noise at X—even after DJ Calvin Harris and Major Lazer had spun their sets—was the color tangerine. The delicious citrus dream was a constant on pants, jackets, hats, goggles, and backpacks all over the games.
photography by susan redstone