|Women’s Courchevel top for layering or not –by NEVE|
Outdoor fun in Winter isn’t really fun at all if you are not dressed right. Neve Designs can keep you warm and stunningly stylish, in ski and lifestyle apparel that is wonderful to give (and even better to receive) for holiday gifts.
The designs look like they come from the chic-est European boutiques, but the company is also based in Boulder, Colorado! In the Italian Alps the name “Neve” means snow. And Boulderites do know something about Winter sports, and snow, too
Perusing the company’s Fall and Winter 2010 collections, what strikes me most about NEVE is the versatility of their designs. You can wear them on the ski slopes or watching the kids, sledding, but some of the designs are meant to be worn to dinner as well as to dance around in the snowflakes.
Another thing that is special, and lovely, about Neve Knitwear, is the quality and pleasure of the fabrics. Neve sources high quality merino wool from New Zealand, Australia and Italy and they also use fine quality cotton. When you’re wearing wool, you want something that won’t feel scratchy or itchy next to your skin. The Neve Courchevel Top ($129.80) with moc, zip-top neckline, could be worn inside or out, or even as an inside layer, and it was as comfy as flannel PJs with a fabric of 70% Silk, 25% Merino, and 5% Lycra. For women, the sizes run XS, S, M and Large. I got a Small, and I would normally try a larger size, but the top stretched just enough to feel comfortable and not make me look like a stuffed sausage in it. It was too form fitting in this size for me to consider going around in it as outerwear, but in the right size, it would make a nice cross country skiing layer, and it looks adorable inside too, perhaps with leggings and boots. I love the vintage-y ski poster design of a woman in bold red, skiing amidst the pine trees, on a background of natural/off white with black accents. The true outerwear sweaters are more like coats or skating sweaters, and they run several hundred dollars, but are worth the cost for what you’re getting in terms of fashion and quality.
The designer of these beautiful fashions is Carol Gantos, who mixes European influences with the type of designs Americans want to wear. There is true attention to detail: hand-crafted button accents, trendy colors and pattern, and a fashionable fit that makes you look sleek and sexy, not like a Winter abominable snowman! Neve has six sub-collections, including an expanded men’s line: There is a Telluride Collection featuring form-fitting layering piece in bold solids and prints. The Amsterdam Collection features a calm color way infused with subtle prints and easy to wear pieces. The Prague Collection embodies the self-assured woman who layers in pieces that have classic, feminine cuts and indulges in unique patterns that set her apart. The Val D’Isere Collection represents the timeless style of European Alp skiwear. The Meribel Collection was designed with the younger woman in mind, showcasing a fresh palette of brighter colors and playful patterns. The Prima Belle Collection (the one my Courchevel top comes from) blends silk, merino wool, and lycra in unique layering pieces with patterns ranging from animal prints and polka dots to vintage ski posters and French artwork. In this case, base layers can, and should, be worn on the outside. There is a Mens Collection offers a modern classic feel with tailored fit, and après-ready style. And, for those who are truly competitive, there are even some designs from the US Ski Team! Neve also has an accessory line of women’s socks, in a partnership with Goodhew with patterns coordinating with select sweaters. Neve also offers unique, statement belts and artisan-crafted necklaces created by Nancy Anderson of Sweetbird Studio.
Seeing is believing, and I am eager to share this charming video featuring some of the designs in the NEVE Winter collection:
If you want to buy NEVE for yourself for that Winter holiday vacation, or you want to give someone special, impressive and memorable gift that they will use for years, visit the NEVE Web Site
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