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AFW Day 2: Helmets & Children at Dannenmann, Authier, and Kjus

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Day two at Aspen Fashion Week saw chillier weather, three shows, dancing child models, dancing adult models, an easygoing hang-out-with-Lauren Bush FEED Foundation event at her soon-to-be-father-in-law's shop in town, and a fashion week screening of the brilliant documentary Bill Cunningham New York.

Up on the runway yesterday were Dannenmann-Pure, Authier, and Kjus.

Dannenmann's signature fabrication—textured heather knits and solid, cosy boiled wool outerwear—appeared in a palette of warm neutrals for winter 2012. The brand manages to balance its signature pared-down minimalistic silhouettes—in capes, fitted outerwear, and casual separates—with a wearability and warmth that's informed and inspired by the designers' European roots.

Authier's vast selection of merchandise was well-represented (seriously, this has got to be one of the longest fashion shows we've sat through in the history of all fashion shows) across a broad age range—the models encompassed all ages, including small children. Colorful, layerable, and streetwear-inspired—we love the giant gold zippers on the parkas and anoraks, reminds us of gold chains—the models danced down the runway. It was like one big skiwear dance party. Or something like that.

The most technical of the trio of labels in last night's line-up was Kjus, a performance brand that boasts a major cult following among snowbunnies and winter sport lovers. Founded on the principle of uncompromising skiwear—in every way, regardless of cost, Kjus pieces are designed to fit, stretch, move, perform, and protect to the best of their abilities—the brand consistently produces some of the most wearable pieces on the winter sports market. We're a huge fan of Kjus' color palette this season—and for fans of color-blocking, this is the label you want to check out. We're totally living for orange pants right now.

For the past two years, Lauren Bush has created special-edition Aspen Fashion Week FEED bags, which are sold in town at the Ralph Lauren store. Bush hosted this year's celebration beer-and-popcorn party last night and stayed for hours talking with everyone in attendance.

(Another thing we love about Aspen—that's related to the tight-knit community thing we mentioned yesterday—is that there aren't the typical barriers to interaction with people that exist in other places like New York and LA. Everyone, no matter how famous or rich, seems to be totally laid back and approachable. Or maybe their guards are just down after skiing for six hours every day. Who knows. Anyway, it's one of the friendliest towns ever.)

We topped off our evening with a special pre-release screening of one of the best movies we've seen so far this year: Bill Cunningham New York. We've profiled the film before, but no preview could do this documentary justice. If you love fashion, if you grew up reading the New York Times, if you love photography, if you love street style, if you live in New York, if you love big personalities, if you admire Bill Cunningham, if you believe in integrity, in good people, in honest work, and you know what it's like to love fashion so much you'd do anything just to capture or feel a moment of something beautiful, then you'll love this surprisingly moving, hilarious, sentimental, touching film.

Okay, now we're off to see Obermeyer and Number:Lab.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Luis Fernandez, one of the designers behind Number:Lab, was the architect who designed the Barneys stores in both San Francisco and Las Vegas? We're huge fans of the Vegas store, with its central glass staircase and secret fine jewelry mezzanine and we were a whole lot star struck when he casually mentioned this over wine and cheese last night.
· Dannenmann-Pure [Official Site]
· Kjus [Official Site]
· Bill Cunningham New York opens this March [Racked]
· All Aspen coverage [Racked]