Worlds of color and ethnic designs will conquer the slopes this year as skiers parallel away from practicality to high fashion.
Pretty is in. So is versatility."There is not one look. There are a lot of looks to choose from, so depending on your body shape and figure there's a look that fits you," said Gayle Singer of Jans in Park City. "There's a lot of versatility right now."
In fact, ranges in style - and price - are staggering.
Utahns can still buy a simply styled, functional ski parka in basic colors for $150, or they can spend up to $3,000 for an elaborate "jukebox" suit from Bogner that actually plays music.
Pants are full, full - or slim and sleek.
Skisuits show pulled-together suavity. Jackets are of every description - from bloused bomber cuts to the curved and closely shaped, from parka pullover -to anoraks with drawstrings or elastic at the waist and hem.
"They make you look a lot slimmer," said Heather Roderick, saleswoman at Gart Brothers in Murray. "Even if you have big hips, they make you look slimmer."
Color is the key word is skiwear in 1990.
According to Singer, the once-popular neons are softer. They're
rarely seen in adult ski wear - except as "trims."
In colors are the Titian-inspired browns, rusts, stone and earth colors. Vibrant jewel tones - fuchsia pinks and purples, luscious oranges, bright daffodils and deep blues - are also in vogue.
So is Bogner.
Bogner - a name synonymous with fine ski wear since its first pair of stretch pants revolutionized ski dressing - is showing an extravagance of color, pattern and texture, embroidery and applique.
Leading the Bogner line are the Mongolians, richly clad in burgundy jacquard enriched with gleaming silvery threads - material that catches the light so the colors pop out in the sun and snow.
A skisuit has its own spectacular vest; a waist-length jacket wears a hood edged lavishly with mock fur.
Seeking a different look? Bogner this year is also showing:
- Mille Miglie, inspired by the mettlesome drivers of this legendary race and their stylish crews. Details include quilting and bellows pockets with curved zippers, and the number of the last American car to compete - "264."
- Rockers, a style on a yet another wavelength. It's a suit in black-and-white-and-silver; a supple, black, pseudo leather jacket with silvery studs zipped onto black jacquard pants; a zipped one-piece jacquard stretch suit, boldly belted.
That's not all.
Bogner is warning skiers to watch out for grappling hooks as the Barbary Pirates come over the side, crossed scimitars at the ready.
From still another hemisphere, the color, the palm trees and steel bands of Jamaica project a tropical rhythm. Moving to a different beat, the jukebox skisuit and pullover jacket boast 11 different fabrics and neon colors to vibrate against the snow. (You remember the one. The expensive jukebox also plays a tune).
Meanwhile Bogner's tribes keep arriving: Puau Liang tie-dyes in salmon or neon pink overprinted with gilt Chinese characters, and colorful Bavarian embroideries.
"But the one we center the most on is the Southwest influence, which uses a lot of earth tones and is usually tied to black pants," Singer said.
Bogner's native Americans with appliques of authentic symbols, silvery buttons that reflect the sun and leather tassels that flutter in the wind are also in demand in the Beehive State.
So are ski jackets made of lambskin that's been oil-treated, waterproofed and dyed in this season's new deeper colors.
Silverado is showing such jackets. The Bad Boys line is also using a lot of leather and some fur for trim, according to Keith Warnick, a salesman, SportStalker, Trolley Square.
"And most of the stuff is unisex. Even among companies that have lines for men and women, we are finding a lot of women are liking the men's colors a lot more."
The ultimate skiwear? It's classic.
Utah retailers agree that skiers in 1990 can have the satisfaction of beautiful clothes that perform beautifully - the ideal of skiing style and elegance.