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Cool in Colorado

Laura A. Ball
Shane Macomber/smacomber@vaildaily.comBattle Mountain High School filmmaker Tony Castle, left, came to the Vail Film Festivals Opening Night Gala dressed in a jacket from the thrift store. Mike Garst, middle, is wearing an American Leather jacket and the cheapest jeans he could find at Wal-mart. Ben Ugly sports a Hanna hat and locally made Alf jacket. All three are wearing T-shirts made by Ugly representing Castle and Uglys film, Pickles and Onions.

Whatever you do – don’t look like you’re trying.

Like the movies gracing the Vail Film Festival’s opening night gala at Donovan Pavilion, the fashion was fresh and laid-back, not dolled-up with all the Hollywood bells and whistles. Somewhere between glam and au’ natural.

People are always complaining that the mountains lack in fashion. But the fact that it’s fashionable to look as if you’re not trying, something people in the mountains have gotten really good at, just happens to mesh well here. The look that is supposed to be cool and effortless can often take just as much energy as high fashion. Perhaps the urban dress code took a cue from us this time.

North faces were still abound, as they always will be. There was a lot of black clothing, always a safe bet.

Many of the men sported T-shirts, blazers and jeans or dark sweaters and scarves. I saw a lot of furry collars and hoods, too. The guys were either perfectly shaven or wore a bit of scruff.

Beanies came off for the most part. Maybe we need an excuse to ditch them sometimes.

Women were booted up with pants tucked in. The Western theme definitely prevailed with heavy coats and fur, a few cowboy hats and turquoise jewelry.

Off course the coolest accessory of the evening was the film festival pass itself.Staff Writer Laura A. Ball can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 619, or

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