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EQ U E S TR I A N LIVING
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FE ATURES IN EQUESTRIAN LIVING MAGA ZINE
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very now and then, a brand suf-
fers an identity crisis. Perhaps it has fallen out of favor with a new way of thinking, been dismissed by a younger generation, taken a misguided modern approach, or it is
simply struggling to find a voice that sets it apart. At Equestrian Living, we have been fortunate to have discovered, and worked with, numerous brands that not only have well-founded identities, but also continue to strengthen their vision with each passing season. From whimsical to nostalgic, simple to extravagant, earthy to magical, each designerâ€™s past, present, and future archetypes come through in their collections.
See RĂśnner shoes and silk scarf on pages 42, 43.
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BY RENEE SPURGE | LA SADDLERY
Winston Equestrian's mid-blue with camel Devon Hunt Coat in a stretchy wool blend. $749.
Our brand is rooted in the nostalgia of classic hunt seat fashion, from its luxurious European fabrics to its earthy colors and textures. Winston represents a modern woman who is conservative in her style but sophisticated and sexy in the fit of her apparel. â€“Winston Equestrian
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Rönner represents elegant, timeless, and unique
Winston Equestrian's dark gray with camel Devon Hunt Coat in a stretchy wool blend. $749.
designs for horse and country-living enthusiasts that epitomize effortless and classic style for everyday living. –Carin Rönner
Winston Equestrian's misty rose Milan V-neck sweater with light gray patches, in cotton blend. $169.
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ne of the many components of a brand’s identity is the fabric it chooses to use in its designs. For the past several years, technical fabrics have been on the rise in equestrian fashion, so much so that even once strictly Pytchley-minded riders are buying hunt coats made out of mesh. Indeed, there are many brands that are embracing modern versions of tried and true natural fabrics. Winston Equestrian, with its lightweight, sleek, and fitted coats, is changing the way people think about wool as being passé in the jumping arena. Winston remains true to its polished aesthetic in 2017, and its new pieces reinforce its representation of “a modern woman who is conservative in her style but sophisticated and sexy in the fit of her apparel.” For example, Winston’s new blue Devon Hunt Coat (page 35) puts a classic and elegant twist on the blatantly bright-blue tech coats that have flooded the market over the past two years. Similarly, Rönner continues to embrace silky-stretch cottons for its signature equine prints and buttery alpaca blends for the stunning knits in its collection. This year, while it has turned to some more athletic fabrics for the Rönner Sport line, the company’s distinctive prints and feminine cuts set it apart from the sometimes flat and all too common look of sun shirts and tech tops. The Dianella show shirt (opposite) is a clear snapshot of a Rönner woman who “epitomizes effortless and classic style for everyday living.”
Dianella sporty, training show-shirt in gray mini-horse and gray-gingham details. $199. Classic buttondown Carla shirt in coral snaffle pattern. Floral contrast at collar, placket, and cuffs. $220.
Marigold blouse in taupe tropical equestrian pattern. Printed mix of cotton and silk. $220.
Lantana shirt in blue gingham. Contrasting placket cover with carousel embroidery. $249.
A selection of some of the best competition apparel items from the upcoming Spring/ Summer 2017 Equiline collection.
Alma quilted, fitted outerwear jacket in navy. $350. Shown with the Luisa cotton-blend T-shirt with equestrian accents in gray base and varied accent colors. $95.
Janis nylon windbreaker in coral red and navy. $345. Shown with Tammy breeches in navy with red accents. $398.
Rear view of the white/red Panda show shirt highlighting its unique mesh cutout for ultimate breathability. $239. 38 | EQ UE S T R I A N L I V IN G | FEB RUARY / MARCH | 2017
The most important thing that we offer is that every single piece is one of a kind. The brand was built from the need to stand out in the arena, and that is what we are now
On the more extreme end of this anti-tech revolution is Winning Couture (WC), whose pieces magically transport us to a time when equestrian fashion was about making a statement. A vibrant mixture of textures and colors, this brand stands out because of its deep roots in our sport’s history. Choose to customize your look with WC, and the company guarantees “there will never be another one like it once you own it.” It’s the ultimate way to declare your individual identity in the arena. While fabrics and materials are fashion’s building blocks, design and fit create the overall attitude of a brand. Equiline has mastered its identity as a true luxury equestrian brand with glamorous trims, rich color stories, and masterfully tailored show coats and sportswear.
Dark navy and tan coat with white windowpane. Tone-on-tone striped white cotton shirt with one-of-a-kind rust and blue silk collar and cuffs. (See below for pricing).
ikewise, brands like Goode Rider have cornered the market in everyday riding fashion with their consistent use of “beautiful, streamlined silhouettes that are extremely figure flattering for all shapes and sizes.” Lively color palettes and playful use of stripes and geometric prints denote Goode Rider garments as immediately distinct. And Ariat, no stranger to design for broad appeal, offers collections that are “clean and minimalistic for a modern feel of pared-back utility.” When it comes to accessorizing your fashion identity, expect some stand-out pieces from brands that have mastered channeling an equestrian spirit through their artisanal manipulation of leather and
Navy with white and red plaid riding coat, accented with contrasting silk collar. Paired with a red, white, and blue striped shirt with matching coat-collar accent. Custom coats from $1,100 to $1,400. Custom shirts from $350 to $400.
known for. –Winning Couture
Boyfriend shirt in orchid gingham. Inverted rear pleat, shirttail hem, patch pockets, and metal buttons. $85.
Super seamless shirt in heather gray. $89. Shown with Jean Rider KP black denim. $159.
Goode Rider is a lifestyle brand. Our brand identity will always
Ideal show tank in black print. $45. Shown with Pro Rider full seat breech in black. $169.
be beautiful, streamlined silhouettes that are extremely figure flattering for all shapes and sizes while always implementing the latest fashion trends and innovative fabrics. â€“Lorna Goode
ARIAT PHOTOS ARIAT INTE RNATIONAL
Marquis show shirt in white. $99.95. Olympia Acclaim regular rise full-seat breech in navy/skyway. $239.95. Team stampede scarf in navy/red. $34.95.
We consider our designs "accessible aspirations" offering style, quality, and technology at a price that makes sense. The styling lines are clean and minimalistic for a modern feel of pared-back utility. –Ariat
hardware. Both AtelierCG and Vincent Peach successfully marry the hard and soft to create rich and unique equestrian accessory centerpieces. Cindy Gellerson, owner of AtelierCG, uses supple, raw leather and everyday horse hardware, embracing her inner-bohemian equine princess, while Vincent uses pearls and pavé to compliment his chic, casual, equestrian-lifestyle look. We also applaud Karina Brez’s stunning “wearable art” for her commitment to bringing iconic equestrian images to life in her impressive body of work.
here is no shortage of must-have handbags to conjure romantic images of a day at the races or brunch on the polo field. Burberry has been at the forefront of equestrian-fashion brands for many years, and it is no wonder its Bridle Bag is nothing short of drool-worthy gorgeous. Frye and Luca’s Boutique have produced two of the best bucket bags to hit the market this year. Both have a simple, sleek look that pairs well with any spring ensemble. The Ottavia bag by Luca’s Boutique (page 42) takes the look one step further, with its beautiful embossed homage to centuries-old equine tradition. We believe 2017 will be a year of exploration and evolution in both the world at large and, of course, in fashion. For fashion is, in essence, a part of our inner voice, an expression of our lifestyles as well as our individual personalities and even our values.
Cotton Ramiro navy sweater. $49.95. Liberty shirt in multi-color poplin print. $99.95. Five-pocket, lowrise, knee-patch breech in woodland. $109.95. One Rail woven belt in gray. $49.95.
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My love for the equestrian world inspired some of my original designs with an unparalleled attention to detail. Using only the finest diamonds and gemstones, I create wearable art. –Karina Brez
The Ottavia custom-made, equestrianinspired bag by Luca’s Boutique is handmade in Italy of saddle leather. Allow four to six weeks for delivery. $1,950.
Luca's Boutique is a true artisan Italian brand creating handcrafted
Karina Brez Huggable Hooves bracelet in 18-karat rose gold and diamonds. Also available in white and yellow gold. Starting price $6,500.
Horse LUV earrings in 18-karat rose gold and diamonds by Karina Brez. Also available in white and yellow gold. $1,500.
products with each client’s passions and desires in mind. Our bags are made entirely in Italy and highly valued for their impeccable detail and innovative design—all constructed with materials of the highest standards. –Luca Papini
Mimosa Carousel slipper in hunter green by Rönner. Handcrafted and finished with leather sole. $289.
Rönner Tropical Equestrian bag in blue-tropical canvas and honeyleather combination. $329.
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Harness Bucket bag in red by Frye. Smooth, full-grain leather with suede lining and antiquedmetal hardware lend polish to this bag. $398.
Vincent Peach Eternity necklace with freshwater pearls. Premium leather cord can be worn at 17 or 36 inches. $825.
Appaloosa bracelet with horse bit by AtelierCG. Constructed of mixed metal and Dakota leather. Finished with bar closure. $195. Handcrafted Sabino messenger bag in Dakota leather with English reins strap by AtelierCG. $684. The AtelierCG Collection is an equestrian-inspired lifestyle brand
Vincent Peach Equestrian double-wrap bridle bracelet in brown. Accented with sterling silver bit and Tahitian pearl. $412.
for the cosmopolitan and independent individual. I create accessories that carry a statement of simplicity and raw elegance with traditional craftsmanship and finished with a modern design. -Atelier CG
What defines the Vincent Peach brand is not only the quality of materials that we create with—pearls, leathers, and diamonds—but the quality of our customers and their lifestyle. We create jewelry that will travel along your journey, whether it be a polo match or a dip in the ocean; there is no limit to how you can wear our pieces. –Vincent Peach
Tropical equestrian 100 percent silk scarf in blue by Rönner. $189.
The Bridle Bag in tan by Burberry is a new, softly structured bag for men and women. Equestrian inspired, it references British saddlery designs. Price upon request.
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Mark Badgley and New Yorkâ€™s Gold Coast country S T E E P E D I N H I S T O RY, T H I S I DY L L I C L O C AT I O N OFFERS EQUESTRIANS A TO P - C L A S S T R A I N I N G B A R N , M I L E S O F T R A I L S , A N D A S H O RT R I D E T O M A N H AT TA N .
BY STEPHANIE PETERS PHOTOS GEORGE KAMPER
THE LUR E OF LOCUS T VALLEY, N . Y.
t would seem quite fitting that Mark Badgley, partner in the fashion-design house of Badgley Mischka, would gradually find his way to the charming village of Locust Valley, N.Y. The north shore of Long Island, also known as the Gold Coast, is steeped in a rich history that embodies the bygone Gatsby era. Locust Valley is a hamlet of gracious mansions, secluded estates, and exclusive country clubs. Horses graze on verdant hillsides, and the thunder of polo can be heard in the distance. Some of the area’s original estates from the early 1920s have been broken up and subdivided, but many still stand, preserving the valley’s heritage of understated grandeur. Badgley Mischka is primarily known for their red carpet and evening wear and it is easily possible to envision one of Badgley Mischka’s timeless gowns sweeping across the ballroom dance floors of yesteryear. Mark Badgley and his partner James Mischka are in the company of prestigious families that once resided here. These families were not necessarily the attraction of Locust Valley, but impressive nonetheless. Familiar tycoons and political families such as Roosevelt, Vanderbilt, Morgan, Phipps, and Post had homes here as did artists and socialites, including C.Z.Guest, John Lennon, and Rudyard Kipling. Mark and James’ decision to move to Locust Valley full time was a gradual process. They owned a farm in Lexington, Ky., for five years, and a home in New York City for 30 years, and rented in the Hamptons. They even chose to rent in Locust Valley before buying to see if full-time country living was right for them. It was a culmination of circumstances that helped tip the scales. The quiet home they purchased was just minutes from Mark’s horses, trainer, favorite training barn (see Hunter’s Moon Farm, page 77), and a short, 30-mile commute to Badgley Mischka’s midtown Manhattan office. Mark grew up in Oregon and started riding horses at a very young age. The demands of college, followed by building a world-class fashion business, left him little time for horses. He eventually found his way back to his beloved passion 15 years ago and has been riding and training in the hunter ring ever since. Mark was a little apprehensive about riding again after such a long hiatus. “I missed it and I was stressed at the studio,” reflected Badgley.
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1 4 1. A black-and-white painting by EEK adds drama to the dining room. 2. Inset: Mark (right) and James. 3. The spacious, light-flooded living room. 4. Mark and Rommel in the newly built walkway.
“It took one lesson and I was immediately hooked.” He currently has two hunters: Quantos, whom he rides and shows now, and Riviera whom he leases out. He also has a couple of retired horses that live in Lexington. He finds solace at the barn. For him, it is therapeutic, calming, and a total escape. “I love the people and riding with close friends, but of course it’s always about the animal,” explained Mark. During the winter months Mark and James travel to Wellington, Fla., most weekends to participate in the plethora of winter equestrian events that take place there throughout the season. L IF E IN T HE CO UNTRY
At the end of a winding, narrow, tree-lined lane edged by homes discreetly tucked into the landscape sits the carriage house of Mark and James. If one could sketch the perfect country
Above: Exterior shot of the charming 1910 carriage house. Below: The recently restored 1940s swimming pool and gazebo.
residence for this remarkably talented design team, it might look something like this. Originally a working carriage house built in 1910, it now feels fashionably chic without forfeiting its ties to the past. The house had been vacant for years and in need of a complete overhaul. Pairing their talents, Mark and James were able to conceptualize and execute the remodeling—doing most of the work themselves. The house sits on six acres and is positioned against the backdrop of a thicket of trees. The pool, built in the 1940s and neglected for 40 years, was also part of the restoration. The home’s interior is bright and airy, with charming architectural details. The master bedroom was once part of the hay-receiving area. The spacious room now features a cozy fireplace, a generous sitting area lined with bookshelves, and a sizeable loft office. Contemporary and traditional furnishings mix harmoniously throughout—much like the rich blend of art and black-and-white photographs displayed on the walls. Tables are ornamented with an eclectic mix of books, candles, and intriguing objets d’art. Also fitting are the visual tributes to their horses and dachshunds, who are so much a part of their lives.
MY FAVORITE HORSES are Rox Dene, the now retired Grand Hunter Champion (not mine) and my horse Brando. MY FAVORITE CAR is my white, vintage Rolls Royce Corniche.
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hortly after completing the renovation, Hurricane Sandy vented its wrath on the East Coast and caused major damage to the carriage house. Mark and James basically had to start over. They rode out the storm, realizing too late that the country lane leading to the access road was blocked by more than 50 trees. Trees, ceilings, and walls crashed in on them. They had to literally climb over 3-foot-thick tree trunks to get to the living room, and two massive fir trees caused the bedroom walls to cave in. But from the destruction came more enhancements, including replacing a long, low-ceilinged hallway with a bright, atrium-lit walkway. EQU E STRI A N FA SHI ON
It seemed appropriate to solicit Mark’s input on the topic of equestrian fashion—both in the ring and as everyday wear. “Equestrian apparel snakes its way into fashion and it’s coming again now,” explained Badgley. “Calvin Klein and Michael Kors practically showed authentic
equestrian wear down the runway, and I understand it. It’s incredibly flattering. Most women who like a classic style can relate to it.” When it comes to the hunter competition ring, “I’m a traditionalist. I don’t like too much experimentation and I prefer to be respectful to the sport,” Mark commented. “Everything else is so industrial and moves so fast. I think it’s charming that the horse world has this kind of heritage and is steeped in tradition.” Mark has no desire to design an equestrian clothing line. On occasion he has designed his own competition jackets, but keeping up with the 20-plus product categories at Badgley Mischka keeps his focus elsewhere. Instead, he seems loyal to wearing custom-made Hadfield jackets and Vogel and Der Dau boots. A VI SI T TO HUN T ER ’S M O ON BA RN
Mark’s training barn is just minutes from his house. It affords him the opportunity to spend a comfortable amount of time with his horses while managing a flourishing business in Manhattan.
MY FAVORITE HOTELS are Villa d’Este on Lake Como (1,2), and The Point Resort in the Adirondacks (3).
MY FAVORITE NEIGHBORHOOD is Locust Valley, N.Y. MY FAVORITE CHARITY is the ASPCA.
MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT is Raoul’s, a classic SoHo bistro in New York City.
MY FAVORITE PET is Rommel, our rescue Dachshund. MY FAVORITE GETAWAY is Palm Beach, Fla.
MY FAVORITE iPHONE APP is Uber, an on-demand car transportation service.
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BY STEPHANIE PETERS PHOTOS JONAS MATYASSY
THE FABRIC OF A MAN Alessandro Albanese is the consummate Italian designer who remains true to his roots and understated aesthetic.
noticed the impeccable work of Alessandro Albanese long before I met him. It was during a business lunch, where I sat across from a fashionable colleague wearing an exquisitely tailored jacket with an equestrian cut. We went our separate ways, but the cut, flawless fit, and quality of the jacket made such an
impression on me that I Googled the physical description of the logo on the pocket and discovered Italian equestrianapparel designer Alessandro Albanese.
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Alessandro collaborates with his clients throughout the custom, tailor-made process. He is meticulous in his selection of fabrics, measurements, and multiple fittings.
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“It’s very difficult to go from designing a blazer to a riding coat. You can’t go to a traditional tailor to design a riding coat. It’s impossible.”
n interview followed, and I discovered a talented, passionate, and charismatic man with just the right balance of self-assurance and humility. He was happily immersed in the equestrian world, but it wasn’t always that way. Alessandro grew up in Turin, Italy, and embodies much of what one considers quintessentially Italian. More succinctly, he can put on a T-shirt and jeans and make them transcendent. He sees beauty everywhere—in architecture, art, fashion, and the exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail that is rooted in Italy’s design heritage. He was an engineer for the first 10 years of his business career. “I was working as a project manager designing cars, aircraft, and that kind of thing, but it wasn’t my real destiny,” said Alessandro. “Envision this person who goes to his office every day, week after week. It’s dark when you go into the office in the morning and dark when you go home—you rarely see sunlight. This was my life for 10 years.” But quite unexpectedly, an opportunity was presented to Alessandro while he was on a beach holiday in Italy. He met a man who wanted to expand his line of equestrian riding boots outside of Italy. He was en route to a horse show in
France, but he didn’t speak the language, so he invited Alessandro, who was fluent in French, to go with him. It was there that he got his first glimpse into the equestrian world. “Imagine how I suddenly jumped into this horse show in a beautiful location, with nice people all around. I was in France, out in the open, fresh air, and I thought—this is business? This is just having fun,” Alessandro laughed. “Every night I was in a nice hotel and restaurant in Paris or Monte Carlo. It felt more like a holiday than working.” Alessandro kept his day job but started selling his friend’s riding boots during weekends. He discovered local horse shows around Milan, Genoa, and Torino—focusing most of his efforts in northwest Italy. He quickly realized how much he enjoyed the lifestyle and took six months to research what kind of business he could develop within the equestrian world. He looked into the market to see what was missing. “No one was doing a nice, Italian, tailor-made riding coat—no one,” recalled Alessandro. Most of the coats were off the rack. There were some German, British, and French brands, but no one was doing Italian tailor-made. “We have an unbelievable tradition in Italy about clothing. My father is a tailor and has been all his life. I grew up between a sewing machine and my dad
cutting fabric, with my mother alongside helping,” he added. He made a sketch of his first jacket after buying sample riding jackets in the market and studying them. He went to a tailor to make his sample and emphasized the importance of movement in a riding coat. “My dad helped me, but he is an expert in men’s suits, which have nothing to do with a riding coat,” explained Alessandro. “It’s very difficult to go from designing a blazer to a riding coat. You can’t go to a traditional tailor to design a riding coat. It’s impossible.” In May 1998, he took his first jacket sample to the small booth showing his friend’s riding boots and promoted his tailor-made jacket. Over the next few months, Alessandro designed a logo and put a company together. That September, he went to the World Equestrian Games in Rome and introduced his jackets to the world. “That’s where everything started,” explained Alessandro. “It all happened so fast. I already had a solid base of French customers, so I went back to France, then to Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Spain. I quickly found agents all over Europe and Japan, but not in America until 10 years ago.” He began tailoring coats all over the world with the help of his agents. He then started designing shirts, breeches, sweaters, winter and summer jackets, and sweatshirts. “Some people don’t want to wait for custom shirts and breeches, so I started designing ready-to-wear collections,” he said. “For 17 years, I did a summer and winter collection, and I began to hire people to help me.” Eventually, he made his way to the U.S. after considerable persuading by Americans he had met in Europe. “I couldn’t figure out why the American business wasn’t taking off,” Alessandro admitted. “I had an agent, but business wasn’t the best, so 10 years ago I went to Florida by myself for two weeks. I sold more coats than my agent did in one year. The next year, I decided to do FE B RUA RY/MA RC H | 20 1 7 | EQ L I V I NG .CO M | 5 5
LE SAUT HERMÈS The ELITE world of SHOW JUMPING comes to life under the glass roof of the Grand Palais in Paris.
T’S IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO BE visually seduced by the staggering beauty of the Saut Hermès event held in the Grand Palais in Paris. The structure—an architectural jewel of classicism and art
nouveau—renders one breathless. To see it transformed into one of the premier international show-jumping events by the house of Hermès leaves one awestruck—even on a return visit. The core of the Grand Palais is dedicated to equestrian competition during the threeday Le Saut Hermès event, but a stroll around the perimeter reinforces the grandeur and style of Hermès and its long-standing equestrian heritage. Skilled artisans are at work in the saddlery workshop, authors are signing continued on page 65 60 | EQ UE S T R I A N L I V IN G | J U N E/ J U LY | 2016
BY STEPHANIE PETERS PHOTOS BY GEORGE KAMPER
Early morning warm-up in the Grand Palais.
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Laetitia du Couëdic
Millie Allen, left, and Emma O'Dwyer Michel Robert
HermĂ¨s CEO Axel Dumas
Riders and organizers at the launch of Le Saut HermĂ¨s.
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POP A FRESH ORANGE INTO YOUR BAG! Shades of this CHEERY HUE continue to be a FASHION FAVORITE.
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1. Halzan 31 in clemence taurillon by Hermès. $5,150. 2. The Maryann Tote, Fancy Blue Ribbon in orange by Rebecca Ray Designs. $149. 3. Evelyne Bag in clemence bull calfskin by Hermès. $1,800. 4. Nonna-Road calf leather bag with horsehair tassel by Âme Moi. $1,640. 5. The Paddock Correspondence Envelope in butter-soft leather with crème topstitching by Oughton Limited. $95. 6. Orange, Suede Fringed Envelope with tri-color horsehair tassel by Rebecca Ray Designs. $79. 7. Garden Party in cotton toile and country calfskin by Hermès. $2,323. 8. The Dressage Tweed Manor Tote in black-and-chestnut, pebble-grain leather by Tucker Tweed. $219.
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Abdelkebir Ouddar, winner of the Hermès Grand Prix.
Our diverse PANEL OF DESIGNERS gives us a hint of what to expect in 2016.
SKETCH COURTESY OF MAKEBE
BY RENEE SPURGE | LA SADDLERY
WITH THE CHANGE OF SEASON comes the launch of exciting new forecasts in equestrian and mainstream fashion. This year, equestrian designers will embrace the abundance of technological fabrics at their creative fingertips to produce well-fitted and flattering performance and barn wear. In the hunter jumper arena we will see impeccably tailored show coats in predominantly deep navy and black over crisp white fitted shirts. The dressage crowd will continue to wow in 2016 with pops of color and eye-catching design details. While barn wear takes its lead from mainstream fashion with bold color palettes and prints, our beloved lifestyle brands remain enamored with all things equestrian—yielding new collections that are nothing short of fabulous. We recently sat down with some of our favorite equestrian and lifestyle designers to discover what excites them about our growing industry and to ask how they have evolved their 2016 collections to reflect current fashion trends and pave the way for new ones.
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OUR PANEL NOEL ASMAR NOEL ASMAR EQUESTRIAN VIVIAN BOLMAN WINSTON EQUESTRIAN USA LORNA GOODE GOODE RIDER KATHERINE HOOKER KATHERINE HOOKER LONDON ANTONELLA LAURETTI EQUILINE ITALIA KIMBERLY McCONNELL MIDDY N’ ME TARA ROEMKE ARIAT INTERNATIONAL CARIN RÖNNER RÖNNER DESIGN
Action Vest in pewter by Goode Rider. Perfect for schooling, this lightweight, streamlined vest includes reflective stripes in zipper tape and zip pockets with horse-bit pulls. $125. FE B RUA RY/MA RC H | 2 0 1 6 | EQ L I V I NG .CO M | 3 9
Tiffany Jacket in 100 percent wool by MakeBe. Technical fabric inserts for comfort and movement. $470. Long-sleeveed Grace Shirt with blend of cotton and technical fibers. $190. White, half-grip Jessica Jump Breech. $240. BB Bag in corteccia/bark combination features beautifully designed details. Made in Italy with Tuscan calfskin. $3,115. All items listed by MakeBe.
from UV rays. They are fashionable— featuring built-in stock ties and elegant buttons. High-tech fabrics in everyday barn wear are a must. One of our most exciting new programs is our seamless designer tights and shirts for spring ‘16. Go from the barn to yoga or for a run in these most comfortable, yet stylish seamless-compression fabric tights. The fabric includes silver for anti-odor. Try them for yourself. You won’t want to take them off! Antonella Lauretti | Equiline Italia: For
EQU E S T RI A N A PPA R E L D E S I G N E RS What do you consider the most exciting trends in equestrian-show apparel and everyday barn wear, and how does your spring/summer or new collection showcase them? Noel Asmar | Noel Asmar Equestrian:
Every new season brings with it a burst of excitement for a new collection, colors, and styles to offer to our clients. The most exciting trend in equestrian apparel is blending functionality with urban style, and our new spring 2016 collection is our biggest yet. Our spring 2016 Sun Shirts in long- and short-sleeved styles will be featured in amazing colors and UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) 50. We launched our new Italian leather two-sided belts in both gold and stainless
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hardware that are absolutely gorgeous and so well priced. Color combinations include orange/pink, navy/brown, black/ white, black patent/black matte, and midnight navy/red. Vivian Bolman | Winston Equestrian USA:
The new performance-friendly fabrics and fitted styles for show and barn apparel are exciting trends. We use lightweight, breathable, stretchy, form-flattering materials throughout our collection, and our designs are not only stylish, but also comfortable to wear and completely machine washable. Lorna Goode | Goode Rider: Technology
is king! From show shirts to breeches, we are seeing the benefits of new technologies embraced by riders everywhere. Show shirts are made from technically advanced fabrics that wick moisture and protect
spring 2016, we continue to see the use of lace overtones enhancing the femininity of sporting apparel. Elegantly embroidered crests adorn many items and add a rich, softening detail. Pastel colors evolve into brighter, bolder tones in the Equiline contemporary collection. Shiny bling gives way to subtle, matte-metal studs that highlight design lines with refined splash. Ergonomic cuts continue to be finely tuned to enhance the functionality of athletic apparel, and new fabrics that increase comfort and improve performance are always being introduced. Equiline, for the first time, has designed a signature collection in conjunction with sponsored rider, silver team medalist Helen Langehanenberg. With her own strong sense of style, Langehanenberg was delighted to work with the Equiline design team on a fashionably chic collection for female dressage enthusiasts. The collection is scheduled to debut this March. Tara Roemke | Ariat International: The
strong trend for technical fabrics is what I find most exciting these days. It keeps your show apparel looking traditional and well put together, but wicks away sweat, breathes well, and offers a lot of stretch for all the movement required in the saddle. Obviously those same features are great for everyday barn wear, too; you just have more room to play with your style and color for every day.
Our spring line showcases some of the best in technical fabric innovation. You won’t find more premium and practical fabrics for the show ring than the super, high-stretch woven fabric of our new Aero Show Shirt or our incredible Platinum Show Coat. In previous seasons, our Sunstopper one-quarter zip has been a huge hit for around the barn, and we’ve punched it up this year with some great prints and pops of color. Those in the market for something really new will have to try our seamless Odyssey one-quarter zip. It has no side seams and is body mapped for an incredibly flattering, contoured fit.
Do you follow or integrate mainstream fashion trends when designing your spring equestrian collection? Noel Asmar: Asmar Equestrian is about
respecting the traditions of our sport but infusing modern fashion into each design with technical properties that ensure each garment is made with a purpose. We are very excited to announce that our fashion label, a modern, contemporary women's brand with subtle hints of equestrian influence, will launch fall 2016. You can count on Asmar Equestrian to always be ahead of the fashion curve when it comes to equestrian apparel. Vivian Bolman: We follow our own phi-
losophy and ideas of timeless elegance and clean designs. Our main focus is using high-quality materials to create well-manufactured classic apparel. We do not follow the fashion trends of other designers but rather we stay committed to the Winston style and aesthetic and therefore carve out our own market within the equestrian world. Classic Hunter Jacket in dark blue by Winston. An elegant competition jacket with classic-wool appearance. Made from non-creasing, extra-light fabric. $560.
Lorna Goode: Goode Rider always imple-
ments the trends from the real fashion world. That’s the world our designers come from. We shop around the globe— often in Paris, Florence, London, Hong FE B RUA RY/MA RC H | 2 0 1 6 | EQ L I V I NG .CO M | 4 1