Though she barely looks old enough, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff is already a legend in the fashion world. The first-ever fashion director of Lincoln Center New York’s Fashion Week, Winston Wolkoff is also a veteran of Vogue where she worked as an Events Director for over a decade. Winston Wolkoff is also the granddaughter of Harry Winston and a mother of three. Today, this amazing woman shares her most precious possession with MRKStyle—listen in.
Tell us how you came to own this precious object.
For my 16th birthday, my mother gave me a diamond pave heart necklace. Not only was the simple heart a perfect example of timeless jewelry, but the necklace had been gifted to my mother by her mother, which makes it that much more important to me.
How do you live with your heirloom?
Whenever I wear my necklace, it’s my way of carrying a bit of my mom’s heart with mine. I like to think that it gives me a fraction of her wisdom and patience.
Who in your life has most influenced your personal style and taste?
My mother’s style is the paradigm of eternal elegance; it’s from her that I learned not to pile on trend after trend. Dress for your body type and your lifestyle and you’ll always look stylish. That faultless advice is what’s gotten me through almost 30 seasons at designer shows. I’ve been able to successfully avoid neon without regret because of her! I know how to incorporate what works and ignore what doesn’t and because of that she’s my daily inspiration.
Fill in the blank: Whenever I look at __________ I can’t help but smile.
My kids. Their creativity and kindness never cease to amaze me. The three of them really look out for each other, and, as a mom, there’s nothing more gratifying than seeing them running around together—three musketeers. I love that.
What’s the best part of your day?
I have an ambitious day-to-day schedule, so while family is always the top priority, my routine has a decidedly busy rhythm. Because of that, my favorite part of the day is those moments just before I put my kids to bed. School, work, sports, playtime—it all adds up to a lot of beautiful chaos. But just-before-bed togetherness is the one time of day that we all really get to enjoy each other.
What was the most memorable gift you’ve ever given or received?
My Bruce Winston wedding band definitely tops the memorable gift list. To have my father design the wedding band that was given to me by my husband was such a unique privilege. The ring itself is beautiful, but the meaning behind it makes it unforgettable.
What was your last purchase that you believe will mean something to you 10 years from now?
I’ve spent my entire professional career surrounded by breathtaking objects, so I’ve learned not only to appreciate the exquisite, but also to recognize the priceless quality of something that comes with a special meaning. For my 40th birthday, my amazing friends (you know who you are!) found me a pair of Marina B. vintage chokers that I already know I’ll treasure forever. Someday, my daughter, Alexi, will enjoy them, and passing them on to her will truly make them an heirloom.