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Edelweiss: Blossom of Snow

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Edelweiss, edelweiss, every morning you greet me, small and white, clean and bright, you look happy to meet me. – Rodgers and Hammerstein, The Sound of Music

Antique postcards, advertising card and luggage label featuring the beautiful edelweiss flower – a true alpine icon.

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Photography: Capa in Color

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vanity fair magazine january 2014 robert caps ski photographer color exhibit new york cityVanity Fair, January 2014:  Best remembered for his stirring black-and-white images of 20th-century conflict, photographer Robert Capa also captured color pictures of postwar leisure in the mountains of Zermatt, Switzerland; Zürs, Austria; and other international ski resorts.  From the stormy beaches of Normandy on D-day to the tranquil mountaintops of the Swiss Alps, Capa’s lens captured it all.  All photos:  Robert Capa

Post-war, renowned photo journalist Robert Capa turned his lens to luxury ski resorts of Europe.  The International Center of Photography hosts an exhibit of Capa’s rich color images from January through May of 2014.

For me, this is reason enough to make an excursion to the city.  Hopefully sooner rather than later. . .

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FIS World Cup: St. Moritz

st moritz switzerland suvrettahaus hotel vintage antique postcard ski skateThe women of FIS Alpine World Cup will be racing in the Swiss Alps at St. Moritz this weekend, a mix of speed and tech:  Super G on Saturday, Giant Slalom on Sunday.  The tony and elegant resort town sounds like a lovely place to be this holiday time of year!  Pictured here in a vintage postcard, the exclusive and iconic Suvretta House hotel.

Men’s World Cup has a technical weekend at Val D’Isere, France with Giant Slalom on Saturday and Slalom on Sunday.

Mobile apps by FIS, Longines and Ski Racing Magazine make it easy to follow live racing action.

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AlpineStyle56 on Instagram

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Instagram is visual, inspiring, fast and fun! The simplicity and ease of Instagram allows me to publish new images every day.  And being a mobile app, it is easy to post on-the-go.  I am excited to have a means to post quickly and more frequently to supplement the AlpineStyle56 blog with additional relevant content.

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Shopping NYC: Snow + Outdoor

A few weeks ago, I was able to combine a sprint shopping session with a meeting in Manhattan.  I was pleasantly surprised – the city was feeling rather outdoorsy.  Good timing with the onset of winter and stores ramping up for the holiday onslaught.  In addition to stops at Best Made Company and Uniqlo already documented, here are some more alpine and outdoor findings.

neve designs switzerland zip neck base layer vintage redNeve Switzerland Zip Neck base layer, luxurious blend of silk, merino wool and spandex. One of many designs in a series inspired by vintage ski posters.

mountain force joplin ski jacket woman switzerland swissIntricate laser cut and bonded detail on Mountain Force women’s Joplin jacket.  This Swiss brand is the pinnacle of technical outerwear design and engineering.  Check out this season’s line at a specialty retailer such as Paragon Sports or if not familiar with the brand, spend some time on the Mountain Force web site to get an idea of the precision in design, details and manufacturing, premium materials and covetable styling.

quiksilver snowboarding general insulator jacket retro deer stag gondolaQuiksilver’s General Insulator Jacket features a fantastic retro print combining hunting and snow themes – stags, pheasants and gondolas all co-existing in one happy outdoor world!

volcom astrid wolf wolves quiksilver forever gore tex jacket ski snowboardLots of photo-real wildlife on outerwear this season.  Volcom Snowboarding women’s Astrid jacket features wolves (left) and Quiksilver men’s Forever jacket with birds (right) both offer the performance of Gore-Tex in 2-layer shell construction.

sweaty betty soho new york women fitness ski yoga apparel shopxsweaty betty ski collection 2013 2014 jacket pants vest suitSweaty Betty is now stateside!  The British line of women’s performance sport apparel now has retail shops in Soho and Greenwich, Connecticut.  I am long familiar with the brand for workout, running and yoga gear but was surprised to learn they offer ski.  The ski collection is tightly edited with a precisely merchandised color palette.  Base and mid layers come in unique interpretations and bold body-conscious outerwear bib and jacket styles give the impression of a one-piece suit.  My feeling on Sweaty Betty ski and the rest of the line is this – it is not cheap (pricier than Lululemon) but is a fresh alternative to the competition and a welcome addition to women’s performance apparel.

fjallraven shop soho greene street outdoor swedenxfjallraven daypack 21 medium sweden swedish outdoor heritagexfjallraven fox logo t shirt sweden swedish outdoor outfitterOver the past few years, Fjällräven has become a favorite outdoor brand of mine, luring me in with their rucksacks, tight logo and heritage to realize there is so much more.  The Swedish specialty outfitter, named after the arctic fox, has a long history producing functional equipment and apparel for exploring the outdoors.  Fjällräven claims to be the inventor of the framed backpack and in 1960 became the first brand to manufacture and distribute this innovative equipment.  As for apparel, Fjällräven is famous for their G-1000 waxed fabric that is durable and resistant to the elements.

Fjällräven’s second New York City shop is located on the corner of Greene and Grand Streets in Soho.  A well-merchandised store shows off the fabulous full product range – beyond the adorable and colorful Kånken backpacks most readily associated with this brand.  Fjällräven products possess function and classic looks steeped in heritage and rich color for all that is involved in an outdoor lifestyle. (Yet another example of Swedish design being responsible for some of the finest sporting product available.)  For the merchandise and shopping experience, I recommend Fjällräven as a must on any NYC shopping list.

joe fresh store shop holiday 2013 merchandising deer stagChanging gears to fashion – clean and bright Joe Fresh prominently features this shiny and white deer family for holiday.  (Reminiscent of the Hermès 2010 winter ad campaign.)  It is always nice to see this icon of the outdoors.

joe fresh men slim packaway down jacket Like Uniqlo, Joe Fresh has an affordable and colorful offering of lightweight down jackets for men and women.

american eagle ae shaggy faux fur vest yeti apres skiThis number at American Eagle looks like a candidate for a fabulous and fun après ski ensemble.  They call it the Shaggy Faux Fur Vest, I’m calling it yeti chic.

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Wax Room: First Tune of the Season

1974 alpine ski world championships st moritz switzerland rossignol was room2/3/1974 Press Photo:  The alpine ski world championships in St. Moritz have to change their program for the downhill race for men had to be postponed, the bad weather did not allow the necessary pre-race training on the run.  So these fast men on their narrow woods have to wait for sun.  Top favorite Roland Collombin (right) and his friend Philippe Roux bring their skis for waxing to Swiss wax-expert Paul Berlinger (left).

Tonight I arrived home to the smell of ski wax – yes!  I consider myself fortunate that my husband tunes a mean ski.  We probably have another week or two until we are on snow but our skis are ready!

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J.Crew: Style Guide on Snow

jcrew style guide december 2013 zermatt switzerland ski snowFound this in my mailbox yesterday – J.Crew goes to the mountains!  The December 2013 Style Guide was photographed on location in Zermatt, Switzerland, land of the Matterhorn.  Nice job on the styling, pleasant mood infusing fashion with a little sport.  In terms of authentic snow product, J.Crew continues to carry select jackets from luxury ski brand, Authier.  All images from this Style Guide are available on J.Crew’s Pinterest.x

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Mountain shoots are nothing new to J.Crew.  A mini look back at a few mountain moments from winters past:

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Olympic Uniforms: 1948 U.S. Women’s Ski Team

us women's ski team 1948 olympics st moritz fraser mead rytting1/31/1948 Press Photo:  OLYMPIC GAMES OPEN IN ST. MORITZ.  The United States women’s ski team, wearing for the first time their light grey Olympic suits.
Team members L-R:  Gretchen Fraser, Paula Kaan, Dodie Post, unidentified, Brynhild Grasmoen, Andrea Mead, Ruth Marie Steward, Suzy Harris Rytting, Ann Wynn.

At St. Moritz, Gretchen Fraser won the gold medal in Slalom and the silver medal in Combined.  Andrea Mead was only fifteen years old at this, her first Olympics.  Four years later at Oslo, she won both the Giant Slalom and Slalom and remains the only American skier to have won two gold medals in a single Olympics.  With the strength of the current U.S. Alpine Ski Team, I would not be surprised to see this remarkable record finally broken at the 2014 games.  And I look forward to see what the team will be wearing at Sochi – on the hill and on the podium.

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Ski Racer: Fabienne Serrat

fabienne serrat france ski racer st moritz world champion 2/5/1974 Press Photo:  Ski World Championship in St. Moritz – The first title of World Champion has been disputed by the girls in giant slalom.  The competition saw French Fabienne Serrat winner, second the German Traudel Treichel (left) and third the French Jacqueline Rouvier (right).  Fabienne also won gold in the Combined event at these World Championships; she was 17.

fabienne serrat ski race france world cup 12/13/1980 Press Photo:  PIANCAVALLO, ITALY:  Fabienne Serrat, 24, of France, winner of the World Cup slalom 12/13 raises her hands as she is held by Erike Hess (L) of Switzerland who finished second and Maria Rosa Quario of Italy who came in third.

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Alpine Icon: Barbi Henneberger

barbi henneberger germany ski racer firstbahn grindelwald switzerlandIn a Bogner jacket at the Firstbahn station in Grindelwald, Switzerland.

barbi henneberger ski racer germany bognerIn the same Bogner jacket with quilted collar turned up – weather protection and a stunning look!

barbi henneberger ski race grindelwald switzerlandConfident at a ski race in Grindelwald.

barbi henneberger willy bogner ski germanyBarbi with her boyfriend Willy Bogner, Jr.

Barbara-Maria “Barbi” Henneberger was a ski racer from West Germany and based on any photo I have ever seen, a true alpine style icon.  Highlights of her racing career include a bronze medal in slalom at the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics; four medals at the 1962 World Winter University Games; and two wins and a second place at the 1963 U.S. Alpine Championships.  Tragically, she was killed in April 1964 by an avalanche while filming a ski movie in Switzerland for her fiancé, Willy Bogner, Jr.  While treasure hunting in Germany, I uncovered these gorgeous vintage photos of Barbi showing her at her most vital and beautiful.

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