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Activewear Unites Urban Dwellers with Snowboarders and Squires

By Patrick Michael Hughes | February 25, 2013 8:30am

MANHATTAN — Clothes-conscious urban-dwellers are finding common fashion ground with snow boarders, metropolitan squires and hip-hop artists when it comes to cold weather looks.

Street Chic trekked the avenues to track the trends of stylish active-outerwear looks.

Laden with style and substance, active outerwear looks for winter are linked to a number of the trends Street Chic has been tracking, including heritage, military detailing and neo-grunge.

However, street fashion always holds wonderful revelations. We were very taken with the textile innovations, pattern trends and stylish brand mergers linking haute streetwear with cold weather utility gear.

Stone Island is an Italian sportswear brand synonymous with textile innovation, European football hooligan rioters and the electronic music of London’s ‘Audio Bullys’. Street Chic spotted fashion designer Andrew Park in one of the brands geometric tonal camouflage jackets in gray. The mid length silhouette has the unique ability through a series of processes to utilize heat sensitivity allowing the jacket to change color depending on the temperature.

The muted tone of aubergine was one Street Chic took notice of in the outerwear featured in the collections of Duckie Brown and Hood by Air for fall 2013. The tone was also spotted in a neo-northwest style on actor and photographer Brad Calcaterra in SoHo.

British retail brand All Saints Spitalfields in a washed rugged canvas, featuring a mix of layers, utility details and a monochromatic neutral hue struck a very stylish note on marketer, Soledad Azarloza. An English wax cotton Barbour field jacket also struck a very stylish note when layered with quilted down, soft knits in taupe, shades of gray and wool Herringbone tights.

For Street Chic, the ‘haute street’ active-wear moment was the spotting a Supreme X North Face jacket on Crosby Street. The product collaboration brings together the New York based Supreme brand seen on hip-hop artist such as Soulja Boy, Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang Clan and model Kate Moss, who has been featured in their ad campaigns.

North Face is a California based skiwear and wilderness clothing company. The gray and black Leopard Neptuse jacket was paired with a black and white stripe shirt, black pants, a black knit hat and classic Ray-Bay aviators.