Dolce & Gabbana's new Aspen location and more fashion-centric news below.
Ralph Lauren has defined luxe American sportswear for more than four decades. And this fall, the legendary designer has casual sophistication in mind. In his debut womenswear collection for Polo Ralph Lauren, Southwest-inspired blanket coats and tweed blazers are mixed with leather bomber jackets, floral silk dresses, and tartan skirts. A floral frock layered with a schoolboy blazer and shearling-lined leather vest were among the best looks to hit the runway, along with a pinstriped blazer paired with a plaid overcoat, leather leggings, and heeled combat boots (SHOWN ABOVE). Both are now available at the label’s East Cooper Avenue boutique. 501 E. Cooper Ave., 970-925-5147
Pochette clutch (from $600). Moncler, 432 E. Hyman Ave., 970-544-5558
Since it opened in 2008, Moncler’s Aspen boutique has been home to the French-Italian sportswear brand’s ever-dynamic Grenoble, Gamme Rouge, and Gamme Bleu collections. And now it welcomes Pochette, a new and versatile collection of distinctive and practical clutches. The boudin quilted bags are offered in large and small sizes and come in a range of materials—striking metallic distressed leather, different types of nylon—and luxurious colors, such as burgundy, forest green, silver gray, black, and dark brown. The range of styles welcomes a multitude of uses, from work to play, or work and play—Aspen’s ultimate pairing.
With the opening of Dolce & Gabbana’s first Aspen boutique, the dark and enchanted pieces from the Italian design duo’s Fall & Winter collection make their way to the mountains—and just in time for the cold weather. The collection’s textured, ready-to-wear dresses and separates, adorned with nature scenes, fantastical animals, or intricate embroidery are housed in a refurbished storefront on South Galena. The interior, with its luxurious velvet and elegant wood furnishings, is as handsome and fanciful as the men’s, women’s, and fi ne jewelry collections it houses. One enhances the other—all for the benefit of Aspen’s fashionable clientele. 204 S. Galena St., 970-925-2367
Local designer Drita Rosin captures the essence of her hometown with handcrafted jewelry line Kcor. With worldly textures and all-natural, unprocessed beading materials, the collection (“rock,” spelled backwards) refl ects the personality of Aspen itself, a town very much in touch with its natural surroundings. “I know my buyers love to take a piece of Aspen [home],” says Rosin. Since each design is one-of-a-kind, it will be your piece—and no one else’s. O2 Aspen, 605 E. Cooper Ave., 970-925-3161
With its first Aspen boutique, which opened in early November, Intermix brings new meaning to “après-chic.” To celebrate the new locale, the renowned, multi-brand luxury retailer has a few resident collaborations up its (cashmere) sleeve: Aspen artist Andrew Roberts-Gray has created art installations for the boutique as well as custom Icelandic skis available exclusively online; plus, in honor of Aspen’s rich scenery, Eleven Paris and artist Pieter Ceizer have teamed up with Intermix for an exclusive Aspen-themed sweatshirt available in store and online. 428 E. Hyman Ave.
18k white-and yellow-gold diamond Macri band ring ($7,900).
Famed jewelry house Buccellati continues to wow Aspenites with its Icona collection. As stunning as the glistening snow, the collection, a classic for the house, includes pieces from its Ghirlanda line, which combines historical Buccellati design and suspended brilliant diamonds in a lacelike matrix, and the Ornato collection, which includes complex, fine goldsmithing and honeycomb textures. With pieces so elegantly handcrafted, it will be hard not to indulge in some fanciful adornments for yourself. 441 E. Hopkins Ave., 970-544-8303
Karl Lagerfeld, head designer and creative director of Chanel and Fendi, working on his trunk design for Louis Vuitton’s latest Celebrating Monogram collection.
Six of the world’s design legends—Christian Louboutin, Karl Lagerfeld, Cindy Sherman, Frank Gehry, Marc Newson, and Rei Kawakubo—have teamed up with Louis Vuitton to create the latest Celebrating Monogram collection in honor of the legendary design house’s 160th anniversary. Each designer incorporates a bit of his or her own history and signature style into handcrafted, personalized pieces, which range from Kawakubo’s “bag with holes” to Newson’s backpack to Lagerfeld’s boxing set, complete with a miniature punching bag and a limited-edition trunk (to house a real, fullsize one). The entire collection lives interactively through a custom website (celebrating. monogram.lv) and is available for purchase at Louis Vuitton stores worldwide. 205 S. Mill St., 970-544-8200
It’s party season, and Dennis Basso is introducing the perfect accessory for a holiday soirée: a collection of embroidered clutches, available exclusively to Aspenites. The embellished evening bags come in white and silver varieties (as well as green and pink, adorned with floral trimmings and beading). Basso’s first free-standing boutique—nestled in The Little Nell hotel since 2002—houses luxurious ready-to-wear pieces and dazzling accessories, worn by celebrities and socialites alike, including the new clutch collection—which, having been embroidered in Italy, brings the perfect Euro flair to the mountains. 631 E. Durant Ave., 970-925-4499
This season, Italian design house Brunello Cucinelli is celebrating its acquisition of Sartoria d’Avenza, a historic clothing manufacturer on the border between Tuscany and Liguria, Italy. D’Avenza was famous not only for its elegant menswear and suiting, but also for how it balanced the efficient mass production of its own designs with the high quality of its craftsmanship and tailoring. Now, d’Avenza is producing Cucinelli suiting exclusively. The brand has absorbed d’Avenza’s signature suiting designs into its own production, most notably the soft shoulder and narrow waist inspired by the tailors of London’s Savile Row in the 1950s and ’60s. 508 E. Cooper Ave., 970-544-0600
Ever since David Mazzarella launched Breckenridge-based Skilogik onto the scene in January 2010—after 10 years in development—he has been crafting some of the best custom-made skis on the slopes. With new features this season like lighter weight construction and aluminum tail bumpers, Mazzarella’s skis, made from sustainably harvested wood, allow skiers to experience new interpretations of classics, such as the Ullr’s Chariot ($750), designed for the freeskier in two models: a twin-tip, for riding switch, and a concave reverse-camber “rocker.”
Iconic Swedish camera maker Hasselblad brings a new level of sophistication to its coveted gear with the launch of the limited-edition Lunar camera, in either silver or gold chrome. The model incorporates an array of distinctive materials, including olive wood ($6,995, ABOVE), deerskin leather grips, and a superb Zeiss 16-70mm lens. Only 200 will be manufactured of each version, and every piece is engraved with its bespoke edition number, making the ultraluxe—and ultrarare—Lunar a coveted item for any shutterbug. Silver Threads, 308 Galena St., 970-429-4670
Capturing the beauty and essence of the Roaring Fork Valley, Aztech Mountain lines each piece of its first true transitional performance outerwear with a photo by legendary Aspen photographer Ferenc Berko. Performance Ski Aspen, 614 E. Durant Ave., 970-925-8657
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF MONCLER (CLUTCH); DOLCE & GABBANA (COLLAGE); DRITA ROSIN (SNAKE JEWEL); courtesy of louis vuitton (lagerfeld, sketch); intermix (skis, painting); dennis basso (clutch); buccellati (ring); BERKO PHOTOGRAPHY (AZTECH); COURTESY OF BRUNELLO CUCINELLI (SUITS); SKI LOGIK (SKIS); HASSELBLAD (CAMERA)