Little else packs as much punch as Perfect Moment’s blaze of rainbow patterned all-in-one suits, quilted ski jackets or salopettes. Bold colours – jolts of yellow, orange and green – are an underlying leitmotif in autumn/winter 19’s womenswear collection worked into streamlined silhouettes and designed to flatter and elongate the frame.
Chevron prints, another mainstay of the collection, add a graphic focal point as well as niftily contouring the body and defining the waist with contrasting coloured side panels. Houndstooth is another print which looms large – in chic, modern-looking strokes of monochrome, but most innovatively via a Parisian tricolour, which references 1960s glamour and is visible on longer-length après ski coats with fur-lined hoods or otherwise visible as trims on merino knitwear.
How else to stand out during a white out? Stars shine brightly as bold visual motifs on the back of ski jackets while an urban khaki and black camo print exudes a “street style” appeal, yet when teamed with black knitwear offers an assuredly effortless sophistication. Otherwise, a house signature, the polar bear print in graphic black and white brings a typically irreverent British sense of humour to the slopes.
An assortment of jacket shapes ensures plenty of choice: bomber styles for boarders or an elegant 60s-inspired jacket with flattering bracelet sleeves, which suggests an air of insouciance. Slim-fit retro cuts with turned up funnel collars will keep you warm as much as they will wow while dancing at Les Bain Douches. Naturally there are myriad trouser styles to match: salopettes with zig-zag braces, flared ski trousers which lengthen the leg and straight-cut trousers for those who prefer a more masculine cut.
Stylish and practical merino knitwear options (with excellent wicking properties) are plentiful. Hero styles include sweaters edged in black and white zig-zags or tricolour houndstooth and roll necks with geometric motifs. Nordic styles, which confer a whiff of retro, work well when worn under jackets when a strong northeasterly necessitates layering.
For menswear, Perfect Moment manages to blend peak, hi-tech performance wear that is waterproof and breathable with effortlessly sophisticated design details.
Once again, chevron patterns on quilted jackets and merino knits are a strong focus for autumn/ winter’s design agenda. Contrasting coloured panels add definition to the torso while outerwear is highly visible in a bold assault of colour (blue, white and yellow or green, white and blue). Elsewhere, a monochromatic palette beckons for those who hanker after a simpler style statement.
Perfect Moment pays the 70s retro look a visit (the decade which style apparently forget and yet which designers endlessly revisit) with slim-fit quilted styles that are resolutely bulk-free. All the better for layering up with practical gilets and stylish knitwear.
Looser shell jacket performance wear is also available, paired with baggier trouser styles in camo or a humorous, graphic polar bear print. As ever, the devil is in the detail: standout hero pieces include the white merino crew knit with blue and red stripes, which exudes warmth, sophistication and pure Alpine style by the bucketload.