Ski fashions this winter will show the effects of the Squaw Valley Olympics. The new Sporting Look has trimmed-down, color-matched parkas, pants and sweaters, all with the 'fast' cut of a racer's competition clothes. At the same time, whimsical fur hats are big news, as are long-haired fur coats and pastel parkas for spring skiing. The best of both worlds—the fast and the fanciful—are shown here, photographed on a group of international skiers at Portillo in the Chilean Andes
This diamond-quilted nylon Italian parka ($45, Beconta), worn by Luisa Gnoli of New York, is sleekest parka of the year. Luisa's coat (opposite page), of guanaco ($600 plus tax, Revillon Fr�res), has wide bands of fur worked horizontally. This exotic effect is matched by the timber-wolf coat ($295 plus tax, Alaska-Arctic Furs) worn by Alex von Winterhalder of Buenos Aires. For where to buy these clothes, see page 48.
Under Hot Heads: Parkas and Pants in Racy Colors
Three U.S. skiers brighten Portillo slope: Russell Byers in yellow cardigan ($28.50, P&M), beige stretch pants ($42.50, Libo); Arlene Crooks in pink silk parka ($50), stretch pants ($59.50, Andre); Carol Trifari in blue Antron parka ($25), stretch pants ($40, Ernst Engel). Hats of red fox and dyed lamb ($20), called Hot Heads, are new ski fad (Fur Flyers).
The tunic overblouse replaces the tucked-in shirt for after-ski fireside festivities. Luisa Gnoli's is of a floral-patterned silk ($19) worn over pink tweed pants ($18, both designed by Anne Fogarty for Sports Editions). Her gold jewelry is from Tiffany.
Long-haired furs are taking over in fur parkas as well as in after-ski coats. This timber-wolf parka ($175 plus tax, Alaska-Arctic Furs) is worn by Countess Maria Kristina Massari of Ferrara, Italy. Wolf parkas also come in men's, children's sizes.
Sweaters are trim but parkas are longer
Ski Instructor Hans Woldrich jumps in new olive-green square-quilted parka ($30) with hood which folds into collar; his stretch pants ($40) are olive Helanca and wool (both White Stag).
Hans demonstrates slalom style for Carol Trifari. Both wear beige, a top ski color. His ribbed English sweater has a crew neck ($25, Jaeger). His stretch pants are Swedish ($44, Libo). Her V-neck pullover ($33, Meggi) matches stretch pants ($53, Bogner).
Luisa Gnoli wears new long parka that reverses from plum to blue nylon, is quilted on one side ($40), matches plum stretch pants ($40, both Ernst Engel). Russell Byers wears long, belted black quilted parka ($63) over beige stretch pants ($53, both Bogner).