In Aspen, champagne powder blankets the slopes, while champagne spray gilds the après-ski revelers. It's no wonder the world's rich and famous (think Forbes list power couples like Bey and J and the Beckhams) flock to this winter wonderland where anything goes. Aspen’s infamous incidents include a red bikini-clad Mariah Carey walking her dog in the midnight snow to Jeremy Piven earning a ban from all Nobu restaurants - for life. Blame it on the al-al-al-al-al-altitude…plus the alcohol.
Up here, it’s always best to always dress the part, as you never know if your lift-mate is a ski bum or a billionaire. For a lesson in how to keep up with the fashionable Goldies and Geffens of Glitter Gulch, just remember it’s about ski clothes, not ski costumes. If you’re going for that patterned Pucci puffer, don’t do as former somebody Paris Hilton does and color coordinate the entire rest of your outfit to match it. Instead, let one statement accessory do the talking and tone down the rest. Try, perhaps, a brightly colored pom-pommed beanie paired with a classic Fair Isle sweater, distressed denim, and sturdy Sorrel boots – perfect for an afternoon of shopping on the town’s heated (yes, heated!) sidewalks.
The no fail formula for Aspen evenings is fur, fur and more fur. Suit up in sumptuous Brunello Cucinelli cashmere and suede Ralph Lauren trousers, and top it off with an ankle-length shearling or mink. Complete this luxe look with a fox trapper and you guessed it, fur boots. Now you’re ready to post up at local favorite Caribou Club…if you can get on the members only list, that is. On the sporty side, Aspen mountain, or Ajax as its known to the locals, is not for the faint of heart. The payoff for stylishly surviving this black diamond is to see and be seen skiing straight in to the Little Nell’s base boite, Ajax Tavern, in your flashiest Prada goggles, your downiest Moncler jacket and your most bum-enhancing ski pants. The same look goes for mid-run table dancing at Cloud Nine in Aspen Highlands, though be warned, you may end up in your long underwear – or less - by the end of lunch.
Whether you’re arriving in a commercial commuter (tough break) or a Gulfstream (lucky you!) take our tips to the trails and the streets for flawless style that’s as fresh as the fallen snow.