Family, Fashion and von Furstenberg

Panache welcomed Diane von Furstenberg, fashion royalty, to a trunk show in Sun Valley Village

Panache welcomed Diane von Furstenberg, fashion royalty, to a trunk show in Sun Valley Village

Sun Valley is a magical place and that magic bubbles up in unexpected ways. On Thursday, at the Panache boutique in the Sun Valley Village, it surfaced as world-famous clothing and accessories designer Diane von Furstenberg greeted shoppers by first name, exchanged hugs and caught up on family news (with her own family in attendance) during her annual trunk show.

The doyenne of high fashion herself greeted old friends and new

The doyenne of high fashion herself greeted old friends and new

Champagne flowed and von Furstenberg’s gorgeous line of pre-fall clothes, handbags and shoes were in the spotlight as elegant ladies enjoyed a first peek at everything DVF. Ms. von Furstenberg personally pulled pieces for the shoppers, suggesting styles, colors and perfect accessories to complete a look.

The festive gathering supported a local non profit

The festive gathering provided great shopping for a great cause

This show was the sixth year DVF has offered a first glimpse of the fall lines to Sun Valley shoppers. Panache owner Kathy Crosson said it is something she always looks forward to. The relationship between the high-end boutique and the famous designer developed when von Furstenberg visited town with her husband, Barry Diller, for a high profile conference. “She saw that we carried her line and came in to say hello,” said Kathy. “She asked if we would like to do a trunk show with her and the answer was, of course, yes!”

The DVF pre-fall line is flattering, feminine and just a little edgy

The DVF pre-fall line is flattering, feminine and just a little edgy

Thursday was another rousing success, with dozens of women enjoying the high energy evening. But all this glamor was for a good cause as each year the trunk show supports a local non-profit organization. This year, ten percent of profits benefited The Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence. A fashion show Wednesday night, entitled Fearless and Fashionable, also featured the stunning collection, again raising money and awareness for the Advocates.

Who said beauty is only skin deep?

–RES

Sun Valley Fashion is in Full Bloom

Color and pattern prevail for spring at the Brass Ranch

Color and pattern prevail for spring at the Brass Ranch

Bright color, bold stripes, prints big and small, diminutive handbags, patterned scarves galore – spring has sprung in Sun Valley’s fashionable boutiques. Both Brass Ranch and Panache in the Village are harbingers of the season, fully stocked and ready to help guests and locals alike transition their mountain style to suit the warm, sunny, and very busy, months ahead. It’s time to start thinking about how you want to look at the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, concerts, the Wine Auction, picnics, parties and all the other places to see and be seen.

From classic to trendy, Brass Ranch has something for every taste

From classic to trendy, Brass Ranch has something for every taste

Even a cursory glance around the Resort location of the Brass Ranch, purveyor of that special alchemy between classic and trendy that translates into Sun Valley chic, leaves no doubt what this season’s trends trend toward. From feminine floral blouses, to leather biker style jackets, to bright dresses perfect for a summer cocktail party on a wide expanse of Sun Valley lawn or a glass of wine on the Inn patio, Brass Ranch will help you mix and match, coordinate and punctuate.

Buyer Rebecca Fundy said that everyone is going to look great this spring, no matter his or her fashion preferences. “We love the clothes this season,” she enthused, quickly collecting signature looks to make her point. “We have bright denim, colored stripes, black and white with leather accents. A gentle acid wash is back, the open knit tops are beautiful. It’s a good year if you’re 15 or 75.”

Price points are also mix and match right now. “You could wear the simplest outfit and pair it and upgrade it with a fabulous Missoni scarf or another accessory incorporating color, pattern and other trends,” Rebecca explained.

Designer Missoni accessories can upgrade the simplest ensemble

Designer Missoni accessories can upgrade the simplest ensemble

At Brass Ranch, the Sun Valley aesthetic is all under one roof. “We are really one-stop shopping,” Rebecca said. “We carry a carefully edited selection of shoes, handbags, swimsuits, even cosmetics in addition to the beautiful seasonal sportswear from top designers. And our men’s department showcases how men in Sun Valley prefer to dress — traditional with a twist. The same punches of color and pattern are prevalent in menswear this spring.”

Prints pretty as a picture at Panache

Prints pretty as a picture at Panache

Across the walkway, Panache’s two boutiques are also full of color, flair and texture. Owner Kathy Crosson said the spring collections have arrived and today is the day to incorporate the latest looks into your wardrobe. “Right now, the selection of sizes and styles is at its best,” she said. “People forget that by July, we are getting fall in, so now is the time to shop to make sure you don’t miss out.”

At Panache, pattern and color are also at the fashion forefront. “In addition, we are seeing a lot of lace and eyelet and yellow is huge,” Kathy said. “The season is filled with very pretty, feminine looks in shapes that are both comfortable and flattering to many women.”

Many Sun Valley staples are also on display on Panache. Summer weight cashmere, perfect for chilly nights, is a must-have. Luxe accessories including handbags, shoes, scarves and jewelry complete the look.

Beautiful, bold spring dresses at Panache are perfect for the busy summer ahead

Beautiful, bold spring dresses at Panache are perfect for the busy summer ahead

Pete Lane’s, just a few steps away, is also stocked for spring and summer with the best names in active wear. Whether you are on the trail, or toasting the day that was, Pete Lane’s casual, stylish and functional selection, will truly make you look like a local and get you through days that begin when the sun rises at 6 a.m. and sets at 10 p.m. Layer up and get out into the mountains the rivers. Adventures await! The expansive shop also has an extensive selection of menswear and everything a child might need to make a splash in Sun Valley. Accessories, footwear and gear galore also make this a one-stop shopping destination for the entire family.

For yoga, a hike, a bike ride, a coffee date ... Pete Lane's does Sun Valley casual just right

For yoga, a hike, a bike ride, a coffee date ... Pete Lane's does Sun Valley casual just right

Though temperatures this week haven’t exactly cooperated, spring is in the air and it’s time to celebrate with what is a very pretty season in fashion, indeed.

Men can find everything perfect for the mountain lifestyle at Pete Lane's

Men can find everything they need to enjoy the mountain lifestyle at Pete Lane's

–RES

Schuss in Style!

Part I – The Jacket

Come on in, the shopping is fine!

 

It’s the question on everyone’s lips, or at least the glossed lips of women skiers who love beautiful clothes. What will be hot on the slopes of Baldy this season? We’re glad you asked, because this week, the dedicated staff at the Brass Ranch boutique in the Sun Valley Village is busy unpacking and hanging exquisite pieces that will make you look as great as you ski. There is something for every taste, as well as amazing accessories that can be layered – turning one jacket and pant combo into lots of different looks.

Pretty, bright layering pieces by Bogner

Lee McCune and Rebecca Fundy, who have been with Brass Ranch for many years, are enthusiastic, giddy even, about the season’s ski togs. “There are bright colors, there are subdued neutrals, a little bling, a little fur, simplicity or lots of details – it’s a year where everyone will see something they love,” Rebecca enthused.  Indeed, if you can’t find something to like this season, you may have to dig out your one-piece or stirrup pants from the 1980s.  Everything else is on the racks in an updated, trendy incarnation.

Here are a few of the jackets that caught my eye and may make my holiday wish list:

This Rossignol jacket typifies the direction the storied company is headed this year – back to their roots. The look worked for decades and I am glad it’s back, better than ever.

 

KJUS is on the cutting edge this season as the first ski wear designer to use dyed down.  This parka features pink/purple down covered with transparent fabric.  The result is lovely!

 

Natural fibers are making a comeback, from traditional ski sweaters to coats like this one that incorporate wool for warmth. A true classic from Bogner’s timeless line.

 

Cozy and chic

Over-the-top is one way to describe this special coat from Bogner. From shred to street is another. This stunner is reversible: fur on one side, a gorgeous fire engine red on the other.  Turn heads on the slopes with the weather-proof red shell; turn it inside out and you’re ready for Gallery Walk, a drink at the Duchin Room and a night on the town.

My friend and I decided we needed to test this reversible luxury coat for ourselves.

I have a good friend who skis as much as I do (not my friend pictured above. She is very glam). We joke that our trail preferences (she lives for bumps. I don’t) are as different as what we wear on the hill.  We liken ourselves to the Spice Girls – she is Sporty Spice, I am Posh. Her picks run to the classic functional KJUS, featuring bright colors, geometric designs, lots of zippers and specially purposed pockets.  I am a Jet Set and Bogner kind of girl.  I have never met a pair of ski pants featuring a dragon snaking up the legs and across my lower back that I haven’t loved.  My favorite puffy parka is bright, aluminum foil silver. But this year, judging by what is appearing on the racks at Brass Ranch, both Sporty and Posh and everyone in between will find something to make them look and feel stylish this winter.

No matter your ski fashion look, if you want to wear the outfit of your dreams this year, shop early. Lee reminded that each ski jacket and pant at Brass Ranch (in the Village and at the base of River Run on Bald Mountain) is stocked in only one of each size. Get them while you can!

Some of the season’s pretty details –

–RES