Vibrant prints, contrast detailing, and form-flattering fits offer a fresh new look from innovative designers.
by Renee Spurge
Above: “Rönner’s one-of-a-kind vibrant prints have become the brand’s signature, including show shirts added to this year’s lineup,with hints of color peeping through the cuffs.”
Welcome to the Year of the Horse! It promises to be filled with unbridled energy, captivating romance, and spontaneous adventures. All of the wonderful qualities we associate with our passion for an equestrian lifestyle will be doubly enhanced in 2014. Those lucky enough to have been born in a horse year possess a wild, spirited, and independent nature, are extremely self-expressive and definitely follow their own paths. They are also known to be the center of attention and often relish being in the spotlight. As we gallop into an exciting new year, it is time to embrace your inner horse and take center stage with one of these three fabulous new collections for 2014.
Just hitting the U.S. market, Sarm Hippique, a family-owned Italian brand, serves up a hand-crafted collection of stunning equestrian apparel for the modern rider. I have been eyeing this line for some time, having spotted their form-flattering, stylish breeches at some of the top horse shows in California. Savvy international shoppers picked up a few pairs from the line while scouting for new horses overseas, and now the great team at Galleria Morusso will be distributing their entire collection of high-performance riding wear to exclusive stores in the U.S. The custom-contrast satin details, particularly on the back waistline, make the Azalea coat my top pick for this year’s chic new show jacket.
I have been an avid supporter and fan of Arianna Vastino and her fabulous boutique line of show shirts since her company Le Fash first stepped out as a true cross-over collection into the world of everyday fashion.
One of the few designers that manufacturers all of her line in the great state of New York, Arianna is taking her undeniable classy sense of style and tackling a brand new line of breeches for her fast growing company. The saddle brown contrast Clarino® knee patches look fabulous on all four colors, especially when paired with the sophisticated gold pocket rivets. Aptly named the City Breech Collection, these elegant riding pants will be a must have with your Tucci field boots or Tory Birch ballet flats.
Last year I had the pleasure of meeting my South American soul mate Carin Stellabatti from Rönner, the high-end equestrian-lifestyle apparel line that I believe rivals some of the top mainstream fashion brands of the same genre. Rönner’s one-of-a-kind vibrant prints have become the brand’s signature, including show shirts added to this year’s lineup, with hints ofcolor peeping through the cuffs. The buttery suede vests and jackets are rich in detail, including fur collars, wrapped bit toggles, and elegant gold buttons. The complete Fall/Winter Collection, which was a show stopper at its debut during the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., exemplifies the core spirit surrounding the Year of the Horse. It is colorful, it is sexy, and each piece demands attention!
L. A. Saddlery owner, Renee Spurge lasaddlery.com