Posted 11/04/2019 Tagged: Fashion sportswear , Snow

The style of chevrons

Where vintage glamour meets graphic modernity: Perfect Moment’s autumn/winter 19 collection champions the chevron and plays with high-impact colour, writes Charlie Gowans-Eglinton

The balance between form and function is never more present than on the ski slope. More than any other piece in our wardrobes, a ski jacket must be grounded in practicality. But making a technical piece of kit look good… well, that’s no bunny slope, and the skiwear aesthetic is unique; against this bright white backdrop, bold graphics are needed to make an impact.


Enter Perfect Moment’s autumn/winter 19 collection, and at its heart, the chevron. This striking signature of the brand traces back to vintage sportswear, particularly skiwear: this is the alpine version of the racetrack’s go-faster stripes.


Mountain Mission Goggles, Latitude Gillet, Chevron Stripes Crewneck Sweater, Chamonix Pant
Mountain Mission Goggles, Tignes One Piece

Dual-colour ski suits date back to the 1930s, but it was in the 1960s that a more graphic aesthetic started to crystallise. Slim Aarons’ photographs of the society set took him from Palm Springs poolsides to Vermont, Verbier and Cortina d’Ampezzo. No matter where he went, though, Aarons captured the style set in a colour palette that transcended the miles: navy, red, icy blue and white, punctuated with flashes of high-vis brights. It’s a palette that Perfect Moment has reimagined and refined for autumn/winter 19, but with extra graphic punch – those chevrons.


In skiwear, the chevron is a symbol of skill, the unofficial uniform of elite athletes and Olympians. In the hands of Perfect Moment, it becomes a mark of good style, too. The colours are brighter, the angles sharper. Monochrome chevron straps single the Racing Pants out as a black run essential; a sweeping dual-colour chevron across the shoulders, or all-over magic-eye chevrons, elevate the humble thermal from a snow wardrobe basic to a talking point piece. For après ski, chevrons are super-sized and splashed across the Super Day Sweater, huge blocks of colour in navy and peach pink clashed with cobalt or citron, a fresh alternative to the perennial stripe. The Chevron Sweater takes the motif one step further, splicing multi-coloured panels of horizontal and vertical chevrons together.


Mountain Mission Goggles, Chamonix II Jacket, Chevron Stripes Crewneck Sweater, Chamonix Pant
Amak Jacket, Orelle Crewneck Sweater, Chamonix Pant


But it’s on Perfect Moment’s cult-buy ski jackets that chevrons make the biggest impact. Expert placement elongates the shape and seems to draw in the waist – visual cinching, no belt required. A triple slim-stripe chevron dips at the centre of a jacket, while wide-band chevrons are framed by block-colour panels at the side of the body.


And this retro detail is rendered completely modern in the form of the Chevron Super Day Jacket: horizontal chevrons create a unique zig-zag close from the top of the jacket to the bottom. The stand-out new shape comes in classic colour combinations of snow white on red, black and navy, Perfect Moment’s abstracted star-stamped camo, or – a high-impact new palette for a high-impact new shape – rainbow ombre.


Shifting through blue, green, yellow, and pink, the rainbow fade taps into the acid-bright skisuits of the ‘80s and ‘90s, but through a modern lens. The Chamonix Onesie, snow white with rainbow-tipped shoulders, dips a toe into the trend; the Alps Parka II, half white, then exploding into rainbow stripes from the waist down, makes for easy mix-and-matching with pants in snow white or block-colour brights. Whether you pare the intensity back or turn the volume up, skiwear never looked so good.