If there was one thing I miss about my home country it would be snowboarding and the mountains. Yes, I know there is an indoor slope somewhere near London but no, that’s nothing compared to what I’m used to ride and jib. Think big and stylish. Ashish heard my prayers and makes a welcome return to Topshop on November 16th 2011, this time bringing his sense of fun to the slopes, yes, you heard me. His latest hit is a capsule collection of ski and snowboarding clothes including matching accessories.
A leopard print ski jacket, with matching sweatshirt and salopettes will ensure you cut a dash in the snow whilst offering you full protection from the elements. Inspired by technical skiwear, mixed with the designer’s trademark comic twist, the range is both stylish and functional: Made from wind/waterproof fabric and with a cosy fleece interior, they offer warmth and comfort, and zipped interior pockets will keep all your essential skiing equipment safe. A waterproof rucksack and bumbag in the same leopard print can be mix-matched or worn together for the ultimate playful outfit. Not quite sure if the rucksack is as practical and thought-trough as my old one, but it’s definitely an eye-catcher. And since on the slopes you are well aware that the people up in the gondolas have all their time to check you out, you’ll be happy to impress not only with your riding skills, but with your amazing statement pieces too. With the selection of over-sized tees and sweatshirts with tongue-in-cheek slogans referencing snow-sports such as ‘Piste Off’ or ‘Snow bored’ this is on or off the piste.
Affectionately known by fashionistas as the ‘King of Sequins’, Topshop and Ashish Gupta first crossed paths in 2004 when he won New Generation sponsorship. His collections exuberantly mix sportswear and high octane glamour, often using bright colours, sequins and prints. About the new collabotration he comments: “I love leopard print, and I thought it would be really fun to do matchy-matchy leopard print ski pants and puffer jackets and backpacks. I wanted it to be fun but also functional.”