Roman Kozak: Rossignol Comes Down From The Mountains Into The City.
The first presentation I visited during Milan Fashion Week was Rossignol, a famous French ski brand from Isere that began in 1907. They presented a new collection for the next cold season not just for winter sports but also for urban wear.
Going into the showroom I felt as if I were in a museum of wax figures. Mannequins were standing under the lights illuminated in a dark room. The first thing I noticed were the helmets, masks, jackets and pants in metallic fabrics – matched in color with asymmetrical backpacks. As I drew closer I was pleasantly surprised – Rossignol did a great mix of materials in festive fluffy fleece, and bouclé and wool cloth, alternated or paired with nylon and neoprene.
Also innovative was the sportswear utility garments with technical fabrics that operated as multi-functional pieces. The smallest details such as zip-pullers shaped like the toe of ski boots, inserts of technical net along the curvature of the waist, as well as the asymmetrical front/back cuts on the garments– were made to optimize freedom of movement.
The Rossignol collection presented combinations of white fur and metallic golden tissue on jackets and coats with soft curly fleece and with lamb or merino wool knits; shoes were made in the design of traditional ski boots with closures with metal hooks but were covered by a recycled fur fashioned in monochrome colors or in captivating color mixes.
For off-the-tracks moments, such as sitting near the fire in the evening after an active day, there were cute warm sweaters and pants with geometric embellishments in red and white. The clothes were monochrome in style and customized with the Rossignol Rooster logo and three-tonal stripes in the Rossignol signature of blue, red and white flanked by a black glacier with flashes of yellow and lime green.
As an introductory ready-to-wear collection Rossignol has created a silhouette for a contemporary woman who balances her energy and knows which step to take next.