Team Cartier Wins in St. Moritz

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It's no mystery that I simply love anything to do with snow. Who combines luxury, sport, travel and the fluffy stuff better than the St. Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow? This year, Team Cartier edged out BMW by a score of 5-4. The four chaps representing Ralph Lauren, including campaign frontman Nachos Figueras, took home a third place finish over Sal. Oppenheim. I imagine the beauty of these photos pales in comparison to the experience of being there, but we can savor them... until next year.

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StMoritzSnowPolo_2013_06 source: St. Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow all photos: copyright (c) Tony Ramirez/www.imagesofpolo.com for St. Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow. written by: Nancy H.

On Your Mark, Get Stamped

Image To mark the start of the 2012 Summer Games, the Royal Mail UK has released a set of commemorate stamps. Four stamps seamlessly meld action shots of British athletes (diver, fencer, runners and cyclist) with some of London's most recognizable landmarks.

Created by Hat Trick, a multi-disciplinary agency, the stamps took a feat of endurance to realize. The creative team spent 15 months making sure the shots – the London Eye replicating a cyclist's wheel or the way a fencer's lunge meets with Tower Bridge – were perfectly aligned, as well as technically precise.

And, as British hopefuls rack up the gold, they too will be featured on special edition stamps throughout the course of the Olympics. The stamp will show a photo of the athlete or team from their gold-medal winning final. Where possible, these stamps feature a photograph of the athlete or team in action from their gold medal-winning final.

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source: Design Boom, Design Week posted by: Nancy H

Moncler FW2012 Takes to the Ice

Moncler FW2012_00 We can always count on Moncler Grenoble to give us an imaginative fashion show and FW2012 did not disappoint. As a follow up to its flashmob presentation in Grand Central Station last year, the Italian outerwear brand took to the ice in perfect form for New York Fashion Week. With a dusting of snow on the ground, Central Park's Wollman Rink was the perfect setting to show off its cold-weather collection of ski jackets, leg warmers, sweaters, gloves and puffy vests. Professional athletes – 180 of them – were teamed up for three monochrome segments of blue, red and white/gray against a backdrop of city lights. Here are a few more images of the event and collection from last Sunday night.

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source: Moncler.com posted by: Nancy H.

Grand Slam at NY Fashion Film Festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kh1S4veP1w Photographers, filmmakers, fashion insiders and students from SVA's Graduate Photography Department recently gathered to celebrate the 2nd New York Fashion Film Festival and the increasing collusion between the two art forms. The opening piece (and a personal favorite) was a short film by Matthew Donaldson called Sooyeon Lee: Grand Slam. Donaldson highlights the Korean table tennis champion's elegance and technique as only slow-motion can. Katie Shillingford styled looks by Versace, Jil Sander, Christopher Kane and Christian Louboutin to accentuate Lee's aggressive returns, fluid follow-thru and even a moment of kittenish contemplation.

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via: Nowness.com posted by: Nancy H.

Flash Sale: Aspen Fashion Week

Jetsetter - Aspen Fashion Week 2 Enjoy V.I.P. treatment at this year’s Aspen Fashion Week, March 11 – 14, with a five-day, four-night package via Jetsetter. The recently remodeled St. Regis will be your home base for the week. Travel incognito from the Aspen airport in an SUV. Then hit the red-carpet for the Opening Night Launch, attend the runway shows for a close-up on the latest resort fashions. Party at exclusive après-ski events where you can pick up a thing or two to bolster your own slope style. And, need we remind you, there are four world-class mountains at your doorstep. Three-day lift tickets for two at Snowmass are included. You'll have to move on it, this flash sale is only available through January 18, 2012. Packages from $2,375 at Jetsetter.

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via: Jetsetter; source Aspen Fashion Week posted by: Nancy H

Take Refuge by Kevin Cooley

Kevin Cooley As I sit here in Salt Lake City contemplating the rare snow deficit among local mountain resorts, it's only natural I would conjure up visions of a winter wonderland seen elsewhere.

So it is that Kevin Cooley's captivating and mysterious snowscapes readily come to mind. This Brooklyn-based photographer explores the tenuous relationship between man and his environment and does a particularly beautiful job with his wintery destinations. He often employs the use of light to stand in for his human subjects, appearing as either a signal of settlement or a rescue beacon.

Kevin Cooley Kevin Cooley - Take Refuge His most recent works, on view at the Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles were created while Cooley was a 2011 participant with The Arctic Circle, an expeditionary residency program taking place in Svalbard, the northernmost part of Norway.

take refuge at The Kopeikin Gallery January 7th - February 11th, 2012 posted by: Nancy H.

2011 Gift Guide: The Equestrian

2011 Gifts for The Equestrian1) Head to St. Moritz for the 28th Polo World Cup on Snow where teams battle for the coveted trophy on the frozen St. Moritz Lake, January 26-29. Photos courtesy of (c) Tony Ramirez/www.imagesofpolo.com for St. Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow. 2) Look sharp sporting Hermès' Paddock jacket with removable vest in orange/fire. $2,150. 3) Gucci's horsebit bracelet with "G.Gucci Firenze 1921" commemorates the companies 90 years catering to horse and fashion lovers alike. $5,790, in gold. 4) It's quite acceptable to look this gift horse in the mouth. Jonathan Adler's playful stoneware horses. Available in white or midnight. $295. 5) Ariat's innovative Volant boots buck the traditional profile for a look that is sure to turn heads. $500. 6) Round up tickets to this highly inventive Tony award-winning play "War Horse."  Lincoln Center Theater, NYC and New London Theatre, UK 7) Cavallo classic top hat by Christy's shines in or out of the ring. Made in England. $450. Dover Saddlery

Aether's Airstream Pops-up in NYC

Aether Apparel has set up shop in NYC for the next six weeks, bringing with it a sophisticated, urban aesthetic for snow and outdoor enthusiasts. The owners brought in Paris-based designer Thierry Gaugain (a Philippe Starck alum) to help customize the Airstream PanAmerica and give it a certain Je ne sais quoi. In addition to the full line of men's and (growing) women's apparel, the shop is decked out with framed pictures of winter landscapes, a leather sofa bed, an IBM Selectric II typewriter, a bottle of Macallan's and other ephemera to set the tone of a weekend hideaway. Launched in 2009 by former film producers, Palmer West and Jonah Smith, the collection fills a huge gap in the market – balancing performance with a refined style – a quality rarely found in sports / lifestyle brands. The thirty-something owners clearly appreciate that some of us don't want to look like teenagers on- or off-piste. But don't take my word for it; get yourself to the AETHERstream before it decamps on December 31st.

Location: 47 Prince Street (at Mulberry), New York, NY 10012 Hours: Seven Days a Week 11AM to 7PM.

Aetherstream: Aether Apparel in NYCphotos + post: Nancy H.

Equestrian: Nike Ippeas

Nike Ippeas equestrian boots These boots made their appearance well before the start of Jumpset, but I have to create more buzz in the hopes that Nike will actually make them available. I'm not an equestrian, yet, but I could definitely see myself kicking around in these boots. I mean, who can forget that fabulous Madonna + Steven Klein feature in W Magazine?

In a sport that's steeped in traditional English riding heritage, Nike designers sought to bring new innovation to the Olympic riders at Beijing. After consulting with athletes and several rounds of prototypes, the final creation was the Nike Ippeas (Greek for "rider"). The result is a sleek leather and synthetic boot that provides protection, support, traction and horse control that also reduces weight by eliminating the need for strap-on spurs. The design innovations are numerous, including rubber pads for the outsoles of the boots to improve stirrup traction, an adjustable titanium screw-in spur system (inspired by track spikes) and a full-length engineered zipper for easy on-and-off. It also utilizes Nike Air Zoom technology across the length of the insole. Perhaps the most revolutionary development is the most subtle: a thin, high-abrasion synthetic rubber material on the medial side of the boot that delivers improved grip on the horse and saddle, which gives the rider better communication with the animal and increased stability during jumps. A perfect pairing of form and function.

via Sneaker Freaker  & The Modern Equestrian, source Nike posted by: Nancy H

Limited Edition: K2 and Rolling Stones Skis

K2 + Rolling Stones skisK2 and the Rolling Stones have announced an unlikely collaboration to celebrate their respective 50th year anniversaries – skis. Perhaps it is a fitting gift to all the ski bums who define a generation of mavericks. K2 worked closely with the band to create four quintessential Stones graphics. The different sets feature unique graphics, such as the band’s original concert set list, lyrics and rare photographs from the band. Foremost among the graphic emblems are the iconic Rolling Stones Lip and Tongue logo and the K2 logo. The first of four Rolling Stones skis will be available on the versatile all-terrain rocker SideShow chassis. They will roll out across the globe and be available at K2 Authorized dealers on November 15, 2011.

source K2 posted: Nancy H