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10 Classic Ski Style Essentials

10 Classic Ski Style Essentials

After traveling to the Stein Eriksen Lodge In Utah over Christmas, Monica and the team here at MRKStyle were inspired by the style and story behind all things skiing. The lodge itself was named after the Norwegian gold medal Olympian Stein Eriksen, whose old black and white photos cover some of the walls in the lobby. We couldn’t help but notice the cableknit sweaters, classic emblemmed v-necks and color-blocked patterns Eriksen always used to be skiing in...maybe his impeccable style lended itself to his dexterous moves on the mountain; it’s possible! We picked ten classic essentials for your upcoming ski trip inspired by that timeless mountain style we all know and love…

1. Inverni Wrap Scarf

2. Flannel Work Shirt

3. L.L. Bean Boots

4. J.Crew Ski Sweater

5. Fendi Stirrup Legging

6. Cananda Goose Jacket

7. Isabel Marant Snowboot

8. Toscana Shearling Trapper Hat

9. Saint Laurent Fair Isle Sweater

10. Perfect Moment Beanie

 

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Today's Read: Vogue & The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Today's Read: Vogue & The Metropolitan Museum of Art

When many think of the Met Gala, it's hard to pinpoint just one image. Celebrities posing on the red carpet, a speech from Anna Wintour, fashion greats all in one locale; the list could go on and on. The real mystery though is what goes on behind closed doors...literally. Once the night begins, and the doors are closed, nobody knows what goes on inside. It's nothing like The Oscars, The Grammys or The Golden Globes where the night only begins when the red carpet ends. No, at the Met Gala, the start of the party means the end of our show (which we only see in online images and magazine headlines the day after the festivities). It leaves our minds to roam on the infinite possibilities of what goes on inside; pinnacle performances by Jay-Z and Beyonce, an appearance from Lady Gaga, maybe even an indoor tennis match with Roger Federer...hey, we can dream can't we?

It was a welcome surprise when we found out Vogue's Hamish Bowles was coming out with a book September 23 - Vogue & The Metropolitan Museum of Art — Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People - where the mysteries of the many past met galas are being divulged. We personally can't wait to peruse all the jewelry through the many years, from Jacqueline Kennedy The White House Years in 2001 through the most recent Charles James exhibit. This is definitely our pick of reads this week...

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Exhibit: Gary Winograd at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibit: Gary Winograd at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This summer, we couldn't help but fall in love with the Garry Winogrand exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition was less a collection of photography, but rather more a kind of tour through 20th century America. There was New York street style (yes, we said street style) in the  60s, wild times in Los Angeles in the 70's and most of all the nightclub - El Morocco - in the 50's.

There were a couple reasons why the chronicling of this NYC hotspot was our favorite part of the exhibit. One is that Le Morocco was the social epicenter of the city - much like Studio 54, Elaine's or Le Cirque - a concept that doesn't seem to exist anymore. Maybe it's because now there are more options out there, but there's romance in the notion of one spot where everyone who's anyone can be found on a Saturday night. The proprietors of these hotspots - characters like Sirio Maccioni - were more ringmasters than owners; playing a constant game of musical chairs with New York's elite.

The second - and perhaps most important - reason we loved this particular part of the exhibition, is that the woman in Winogrand's famous El Morocco photograph (who's laughing at her dance partner), teases us with earrings and a an ever so subtle band on her finger. The same goes for the woman in a different photograph drinking champagne with the man next to her, boasting earrings, a choker and a ring. It's these pieces we'd love to know the story behind, and we can only imagine the gems and jewels that walked in and out of those nightclub doors. Woody Allen would say we're victims of Golden Age Syndrome, but really we just feel certain things are timeless, like the mystery behind a woman's jewelry...

*The exhibit runs through September 21 

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Inspired by: Lockets and Hermès

Inspired by: Lockets and Hermès

Ever since Grace Kelly slung an Hermès scarf around her to secure a broken arm, we've all been in love with the timeless, effortless versatility associated with the iconic accessory. But we all know one of the best parts of the Hermès scarf is what it's paired with. In this case, we couldn't think of a better coupling than scarf and locket. It's hard to say which piece is more elegant, and we've realized there's no need to decide, as they're definitely a perfect pairing. What two better things to drape around a woman's neck? We couldn't think of an answer, so here they are together at long last...

*Shop our Locket Collection here

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Focus On: Earrings

Focus On: Earrings

Earrings are the upside to the end of summer. Let us elaborate; when it's hot, sometimes we feel more encumbered by extra hair, extra layers, and even extra bling dangling from our ears. Once fall hits though, we can't really get enough of earrings; it's the same feeling we have towards coats and jackets. These pieces are the upside of those back-to-school-doldrums.

That's why today we're celebrating all things of the earring persuasion. Earrings can say as much about a woman as her shoes; to us they're not just an accessory, but a means of expression. Which of these are you in love with? We're kind of obsessed with all of them...

Shop our Collection of Earrings Here

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Inspired By: Making Colour

Inspired By: Making Colour

Since June, when The National Gallery in London debuted their exhibition - Making Colour (which chronicles the history of color and creating new pigments) - we've been intrigued by what colors inspire us and are our personal favorites. That's why we created shoots inspired by hues Monica Rich Kosann can't live without. Peruse the shades and combinations that make Monica's collections tick...

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Exhibit: Charles James: Beyond Fashion

Exhibit: Charles James: Beyond Fashion

Next week is the final week to see the Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and we can't recommend it enough. Monica in particular fell completely in love with Charles James' work upon seeing it, and explained to us why…

"After seeing this exhibit I have a whole new respect for fashion design. Charles James once said, "In fashion even what seems most fragile must be based on cement." This is exactly what he did. The viewer sees how the ball gowns were built to become these incredible works of art. For a woman, wearing one was like becoming a beautiful sculpture. Each fabric and texture is placed with almost mathematical and architectural precision. His choices of mixing those was genius.

The exhibition allows the viewer to mechanically watch the deconstruction and reconstruction of each ball gown, piece by piece. One of my favorites was a ball gown, wrapping a woman up like a cocoon, and then blossoming into a butterfly - metaphorically of course. Only Charles Jame could accomplish that! They are truly iconic pieces of art." - As told by Monica

Charle James: Beyond Fashion runs through August 10th. For more information, click here.

*Photos courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Today's Read: The Shoe Book

Today's Read: The Shoe Book

Assouline's new book - The Shoe Book - celebrates shoes as a form of expression, and takes us through the history of the one accessory women truly can't live without. The question is, what shoes can't Monica live without? See below for a list of some of her favorites...

1. The Statement Heel (Valentino)

2. The Black Pointy Toe Pump (Manolo Blahnik)

3. The Nude Patent Leather Pump (Christian Louboutin)

4. The Stacked Heel (Nicholas Kirkwood)

5. The Statement Flat (Charlotte Olympia)

6. The White Sneaker (Golden Goose)

7. The D'Orsay Pump (Celine)

8. The Grecian Sandal (Duccio Venturi)

9. The Satin Evening Sandal (Christian Louboutin)

10. The Bootie (Brian Atwood)

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Inspired By: The Glamour of Italian Fashion

Inspired By: The Glamour of Italian Fashion

July is the final month of The Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition at the Victoria & Albert museum. What better way to celebrate the show than with a few gems and jewels we think most fitting for the quintessential Italian woman?

1. The Blue Lapis Locket reminds us of the colors around the Amalfi Coast in Italy...

2. A chunky gold Charm Bracelet is something we would imagine Sophia Loren wearing, walking in Capri...

3. The Gate Cuff is a classic cuff to wear everyday running around Milan.

4. The Gate Locket reminds me of all of the gates and iron work all over Italy, especially Rome.

5. The Initial Locket could be worn with a gorgeous sweater and nothing else (maybe a bathing suit underneath) holding a photo of a secret from long ago...

*Feature photo c 1960: Arthur Zinn/The Image Works/Roger-Viollet

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