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Meet Aspen International Fashion Week designer Leonard Gorski

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Aspen International Fashion Week promises to be a fun-filled event showcasing world-renowned designers who make cold weather fashion hip. One of those designers is Leonard Gorski, founder and designer of Gorski Furs, who will present the Winter 14/15 collection at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, March 14 on the Apres Ski Stage. We caught up with Gorski, who's been in the fur business for over thirty years, to talk about his new collection and AIFW.

See also: Meet Brooke Fogg, president of Aspen International Fashion Week

Westword: What new innovations have evolved since you started in the business?

Leonard Gorski: I have a fantastic passion for anything related to design, style and beauty. I love natural fabrics such as silk, cashmere; fur is my ultimate fabric of choice, using new techniques such as knit and layered furs crafted in Russian sable, American or Scandinavian mink, or fox from Finland.

What is your design process and was the inspiration for your 2014/2015 collection?

Our collections are designed and produced with much thought and attention to details, to cater to the most demanding and discerning customers. We are always thinking of our customers and designing with them in mind. Gorski Après-Ski made in Italy is a major evolution after our huge success in past seasons. We are showing eighteen vibrant, earth-tone colors and prints trimmed with fabulous Italian Napa leather and hints of light gold accessories. The collection is inspired by all that is fabulous and beautiful in Florence, Italy; the shapes are trim and sexy and the fit is optimal for the modern American woman. European design and production, great fit, fabulous hardware, accessories and refined craftsmanship.

Why should Gorski be a wardrobe necessity?

The "fashion must" Gorski collections include a fabulous spectrum of vests, capes and easy-to-wear pieces. These "fashion must" accessories, vests and jackets highlight the beauty of furs while introducing relevant and current dimensions and techniques of fabrication -- a fashion call-out for this season. These fantastic "add on" pieces to your wardrobe are wearable throughout the year, easy and optimal for travel, and are sure to make you feel great, keep you current and well-dressed.

Accessorize our après-ski jackets with a great printed, fur-trimmed cashmere shawl. Wear a fabulous turtleneck cashmere sweater, great Napa gloves and tall leather boots, your favorite designer glasses and leather bag.

What is your favorite piece from the collection?

The Gorski brand has more than ten collections. On the runway at the AIFW, we will present in the grand finale ten spectacular après-ski jackets, where my favorites are the marine navy blue jackets with testamoro brown napa leather trim and Iceberg fox trim from Finland. I also love the contrasts you will see on our off-white or vino shades "fashion must" après-ski jackets. For the grand finale, I've selected a fabulous grouping of splash of colors followed by a scene of evening gray-and-white, opulent chinchilla and opulent modern mink.

Our entire sample collection with an additional expanded Gorski assortment will be available for purchase at the "pop up shop" at the Sky Hotel -- to be run by the students of the Colorado Art Institute. Don't miss the opportunity to support the work of outstanding fashion students, as we do, while enjoying special pricing to become the first to own and wear what will be sold by leading retailers next fall.

Why are you excited about Aspen International Fashion Week?

Aspen International Fashion Week is a superb stage for our Italian-made après-ski with luxe fur trim collection. Our close collaboration with the Art Institute of Colorado and the world-class Wilhelmina event staging, talent and models network, together with our Aspen based ASquared media team, insures a perfect showcase for the Gorski brand. Aspen's discerning audience epitomizes our target customer base in the Americas.

Tickets for AIFW can be purchased at aspenintlfashionweek.com/tickets.

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