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2016-07-29

Midnight Winter Dreams

On July 19th at The Box, ICB celebrated the launch of Fall/Winter 2016 #TheFashionsDaily; a magazine/media project created to display the newest collection. This issue illustrates the Fall/Winter 2016 “Midnight Winter Dream,” a parody of Shakespeare’s, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The party was hosted by Aleali May and co hosted by Travis Bass feat. DJ Keiichiro Nakajima. 

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#TheFashionsDaily this season was in a format of script book to emphasize the ‘SCENARIO’: the guests were all invited as ‘ACTORS’ to perform for the night. 

#TheFashionsDaily depicts the story of an ICB girl taking a midnight stroll through New York City during the cold winter. Her body is wrapped in chic wide-leg pants, extra long sleeve knit dresses, and long cashmere robe-like coats. Her accessories, a knit scarf with a faux fur panel, also help keep her warm and protect her from the depths of the winter chill.  

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Shakespeare’s, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” is a mythical and mystical tale following four lovers on their midnight walk through the forest. During the event,  ICB girls showed her internal struggle with the fight over fashion while appearing effortless, luxurious and witty.

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Love juice in Midsummer Night’s Dream was reinterpreted to their special ’Fashion Shot’ by genius bartenders at the Box, and the aerialists at the box performed above the bar throughout the night wearing ICB.

2015-10-26

ICB loves...

We can feel that long long harsh winter is coming to NY very soon….

How to stay positive in NY’s gloomy cold snowy winter??? 
Simple! surround yourself with your loving things!! –something makes you excited and makes you love your self! 

POP Colors: We know. it is hard to throw on pop colors when you are not feeling the sun. BUT throw on pop color and fight the cold weather! Scientists proved that the bright colors help boost your energy and mood! 

1. ICB KNIT SCARVES (OF COURSE)
Our biggest favorite from this season. The whole team have at least one color way. Its just so smart. long sleeve can be the best scarf, but can also just swing around.

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2. POP COLOR FURNITURE
Poppy sofa, brass shelving, light birch bedside table, awkward carpets from 30s,  

3. M.A.C POP COLOR POWDER BALLS

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4. BATH TEA
Who said bathing in the bath is only for those who have unlimited time? Bath DOES take away your body fatigue and it is rather for tired body. It detoxes your stress and unwanted body strain and will heel your body deeply. it is the easiest way to treat your body than going to spa or getting ‘not-sure-if-its-really-good-massage’ session after work. If you are a struggling aspiring woman, treat your body and feel better in the right way. 

Among various way to make your bath tea, the easiest is to use epsom salt to ease your muscle tension with some dry flowers (like lavenders), some herbs (like rosemary), and essential oils (like eucalyptus to calm your mind) . 

5. RECORD PLAYER 
When you hear nostalgic sound, don’t you feel your body gets warm from your heart??? Sometimes sound you hear can keep you warm and nice. and our definite favorite now is listening to some 70s record via record player. While you see people going more and more digital and tech, you can sometimes go back time and find the ‘ABSOLUTE HIT’ that are sometimes better than what you hear all the time from your little iPhone. 

6. FAUX FUR
It is faux, but in a good way.  Yes sometimes real fur is soft and nice, but faux fur items are also hot. That quirkiness, that syntheticness, that inorganicness is so unnatural that is sometimes SO cute. WE ADORE THAT FOIL PRINTED FUR (FAUX) SWEATSHIRT. 

7. HOT CHOCOLATE
Such a cliche, but hot chocolate does make you feel relaxed and sweet on cold winter mornings or your grungy afternoon. At home, simply warm up milk in a saucepan and pop in 3-5 pieces of dark chocolate. it is not sweet but the aromatic smell of cacao makes you relaxed and happy :) 

do you have your tips to beat the cold weather???? 

share with us @ICBNYC! 

2015-09-10

ICB CELEBRATES SPRING SUMMER 2016 COLLECTION

The collection began with the photography of Vivian Maier, a mysteriously cloaked chicago nanny whose work from the 1950s through the 1970s, was discovered in mounds of undeveloped rolls after her death. 

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Inspired by this embodiment of hidden talent and secret fulfillment, ICB SPRING SUMMER 2016 reflects the self confidence of a modern, ICB woman. 

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just as Ms. Maier trained a covert lens on her subjects, the ICB woman honors her own point of view, in pieces that play with light, shadow, layers and hidden detail. 

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Light chases across form in “shadow-pleated” knits. feather-embroidered oxford shirts lend a playful surprise to a classic. Shadow prints add touches of humor and irony to shifts, jackets and trousers. An asymmetrical “strike match” print is mimicked in hand-croucheted knit dresses. 

The picture that develops is one of confidence and playful irony.

And here is ICB’s SPRING SUMMER 2016 COLLECTION; LIFE THROUGH HER LENS. 

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MODEL                                         SARAH BRANNON

PHOTOGRAPHER                         PAUL MAFFI

STYLIST                                        MICHAEL KOZAK

CASTING                        HOLLIE SCHLIFTMAN, EN VUE CASTING

MAKEUP                         LYNE DESNOYERS AND THE M*A*C PRO TEAM

HAIR                               AARON GRENIA: IGK

2015-08-12

More From the #IWANTMYICB Concept 2 Celebration

ICB girls know how to have a great time, no matter where they are. It didn’t hurt to be on a rooftop, Azul On the Rooftop, with 360-degree views of Manhattan for the #IWANTMYICB campaign celebration last month. 

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#IWANTMYICB calls for ICB girls everywhere to take a stand and demand ICB in their Fall wardrobes. Specifically, our ICB campaign models Britt Maren, Sheila Marquez and Vasilisa Pavlova were outfitted in the Fall 2015 Wrap Scarf Pullover. 

You can shop this iconic ICB piece now at icbnyc.com/shop. And thanks again to everyone that came out - check out some party polaroids featuring friends of ICB from the event below!

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Until next time… #IWANTMYICB

2015-07-30

#IWANTMYICB Concept 2 Rooftop Campaign Celebration

Last night ICB gathered our favorite ICB girls at Azul on the Rooftop in Soho, NYC to toast the launch of the #IWANTMYICB campaign with our campaign models and hosts Britt Maren, Sheila Marquez, and Vasilisa Pavlova.  DJ Elle Dee spun as guests enjoy spiked Kelvin Slushies, cocktails, tacos and bocadillos as the sun set over the New York skyline. We were excited to continue the Fall campaign celebration tradition after last year’s Concept 1: Fashion & Hip-Hop celebration with Def Jam Records. 

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VIP attendance included a bevy of models and NYC it-girls including Alexandra Richards, Sara Blomqvist, Emma Stern, Jenna Klein, Aleali May, Cory Kennedy and Marique Shimmel. 

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Inspired by political action posters, the “#IWANTMYICB” campaign celebrates the ICBNYC.com shop launch, featuring ICB Fall 2015. The shop debuts with our Fall 2015 Pullover Wrap scarves - a fashion editor favorite from the Fall 2015 ICB Collection. 

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The #IWANTMYICB Campaign will appear at ICBNYC.com, across ICB social channels, and in a wild posting campaign across downtown NYC. Stay tuned as we reveal more!

2015-03-03

ICB Fall Winter 2015 Debut at New York Fashion Week

Never one to follow the crowd, ICB launched the Fall Winter 2015 collection at New York Fashion Week with a change-up in the runway game, instead staging the ICB girl’s NYC apartment to debut the collection’s wares in a new way. 

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Intelligent layering, plush knits, and a focus on the ICB girl’s confident attitude shone through in the collection’s debut at the Glasshouses in NYC. Original music by Dev Hynes, also known as Blood Orange, played throughout with candles by Diptyque scenting the air. 

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Models including Mona Matsuoka, Kasia Jujeczka and Herieth Paul posed as roommates in the space, showing off the collection’s pops of ruby and poppy orange within the palette of cool grays. 

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Styled by Stevie Dance, the aim of Fall Winter 2015 is thought out layering that looks effortless. The collection is about the ICB girl’s cool, confident ease of dressing without sacrificing style.  

2015-03-02

ICB Super-Charged: Five Superfoods to keep you strong and NYC Winter-Proof

It doesn’t matter how angora-luxe your oversized knit scarves are, or how much leather and shearling you drape your beautiful self in, those cold NYC monster-like winds are still going to find a way to get into your bones. Trust us, they ALWAYS find a way.

 

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Is it Spring Yet?
The difference between one sniffle versus two days on the couch can be the difference between that one leafy green you didn’t eat or that extra glass of wine at 1am you should have avoided. Trust us, after eating a healthy dose of Pomegranate pearls you can afford to stay out a little later than the rest- as long as you nourish, nourish, nourish.

 

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Smiling for those Superfoods? You’ll thank us when you hit those cold streets

 

At ICB we’ve decided to get to the mind, body, heart, and soul this week and help all you hard-working ladies out there with a list of some of the most in-season Winter super-foods your fridge, mind, and body will always thank you for.

 

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Stay Protected, Stay Happy, Stay Nourished.

1. FROZEN BERRIES

 

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Think Antioxidants, add on top of organic Greek yogurt, or stir into your gluten-free oatmeal. Frozen Berries aren’t just for waiting around for the next holiday’s baking purposes. They are their to assure you get the essential Vitamin C antioxidants you really need.

 2. POMEGRANATES 

 

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Okay, they are a TOTAL pain to open. BUT, if you want to stay protected this Winter, plus stronger, healthier, and live longer, them you better purchase a good knife! Sit down with this one (did we mention pomegranate pearls are DIVINE on gluten-free waffles?) and savor this queen of winter fruits!

 3. CABBAGE

 

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Despite getting a bad wrap as a ‘throw-back’ veggie that no one eats anymore (thanks Kale!) it doesn’t change the fact that this super-charged king of the garden is one of the strongest fighters of cancer. Chop it, steam it, boil it, or stuff it…your cold, sore body at the end of the day will thank you.

4. ROOT VEGETABLES 

 

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Parsnips, turnips, snips, snips, and more snips. Don’t forget to add celery and beets. These veggies absorb more minerals and nutrients from organic, clean soils than you can imagine. Not to mention, they also provide a healthy substitution to all your sweet-tooth cravings.

5. CHIA SEEDS

 

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These tiny, little seeds pack a microscopic power punch. Omegas, omegas, omegas, and more….and you’ll need them! Why? To protect you from the winter blues, those aches, pains, and chills, plus they cut major cravings. And speaking of cravings we are hankering for some chia seed pudding right about now!

2015-02-17

Find ICB: Where to get your ICB Fix Right Now

Living in New York is like living inside ofthe internet sometimes. Secret parties, invite-only Pop-Ups, and mailing list exclusives to that new champagne bar keep our exclusivity and FOMO levels at an all time high. So, why should any ICB girl miss out!?!? (we find this an utter impossibility!)

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Have you seen our SS15 Look book? Don’t stay in the dark!

Today, we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to be left in the dark anymore.  As much as you come and peruse our website, look at our newest campaign, and covet the latest prints, graphics, and amazingly innovative silhouettes and cuts, rest assure that you have full front-seat V.I.P. access to all of ICB’s finest threads.

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Spring SS15 Fever Dreams

So stop dreaming, start doing, and keep it stylin’!

Here’s a list of ALL ACCESS ICB for your closets, sanity, and well…LIFE

1. POLYVORE

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3. SHOPBOP

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4. SHOP STYLE

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Don’t Forget! Here’s a list of locations and stores where you can buy ICB’s finest

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Photo by #StrandedBackstage SS15

2015-02-12

ICB's Anti-V-Day: What to Do and What NOT to Do This Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day can be two things; a day of romance and love OR a day of loathing and distaste for single people everywhere. 

We’re not saying we hate Valentine’s Day, because we don’t, but we definitely think that some people just do this holiday dirty, and at ICB we believe we can make it fun, stylish, and just right. Single or NOT, this day is open to an insane amount of positive energy…the ENERGY you put into it!

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Have no fear, though, ICB is here to tell you What to Do and What NOT to Do This Coming Valentines Day: 

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Do: Dress Up

In lieu of Fashion Week, Valentine’s Day comes at the perfect time (and gives the perfect excuse) to dress up, go out, and show off your style to the world. 

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DON’T: Take It So Seriously!

Whether you have a date or don’t, people tend to take this holiday far too seriously in either direction. Remember: It’s just a DAY. Don’t fret if you don’t have a special someone to spend it with and definitely don’t brag to your single friends if you do. Just take it like it is, another day with the excuse to go out and feel loved.

DO: Buy Your loved ones THE RIGHT Cupcakes, Sweets, and Goodies

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Did someone say Crumbs? Yup. NYC is not only the foodie capital of the world, but also home to some of the most healthiest, and delicious gluten free cupcakes that Valentines Day has to offer. Here’s a list of our top picks to keep you from feeling too guilty!

DON’T: Expect Too Much

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We can’t say it enough: it’s just a DAY. Valentine’s Day is only magic if you make it that way, and that won’t happen by expecting all your life’s dreams to come falling into your lap. 

DO: Treat Yourself to a bottle of Champagne

Like we said, Valentine’s Day is a day for love, so don’t forget to love yourself!  Whatever it is, remember not to neglect yourself this holiday. By the way, we’re currently loving the look, feel, and taste of Perrier Jouet.

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DON’T: Stay Home

And speaking of Champagne, gather your friends, neighbors, and fellow countrymen (or those who just survived New York Fashion Week) and get out to one of NYC’s finest Champagne Bars. Here’s a few we love

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DO: Buy Yourself Those Shoes!

Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, so the possibilities are endless- translation: DO NOT STAY IN BED. You know that Saturday is your favorite shopping day. Listen to that voice in your head that’s telling you “Yes, I may not have a date tonight, but by god I’ll be wearing the most outrageous and amazing pair of shoes this holiday has ever seen.”

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DON’T: Be Afraid to Have FUN

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And if you’re still hating on the v-day, here’s a song that might make you feel a bit better:

2015-02-10

Out The Door With ICB: 20 Things to Do in NYC This Month

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, everyone here at ICB would like to give a shout out to one of our truest loves: New York City. This city is vibrant with fashion, alive with culture, and in the city that never sleeps, there is so much to do and so much to conquer. 

 

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Is it Spring Yet? Get the fever over at ICB SS15

As the bitter cold rages on, we all cover up and bundle in but this city stops for no storm. Even as the snow falls and the nights get colder, there is still so much that New York City has to offer.

 

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Zip Up Those Coats!

Zip up your coats and follow us out the door for ICB’s Top 20 Things to Do in NYC This Month:

1. CONQUER HUNTER MOUNTAIN 

 

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Located three hours north of New York City, you’ll find that those days you didn’t go to the gym will be made up for some powder punching ski time! Go ahead, we dare you to take first time lessons. You better hurry though! Right now it’s 25% of all lift tickets so get them while the winter lasts!

2. Go to an Indie Open Mic

 

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NYC is full of underground, on the low open mics that feature up and coming artists and songs that truly show what the people of this city have to offer. There is one this this weekend in Sunset Park, and it’s free! 

3. MADE Fashion Week 

 

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We know you all have heard of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, which is from Feb. 12-19th, but during the same time is MADE Fashion Week, an exciting time for emerging designers and artists to strut their stuff. 

Check out the event listings here.

4. Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

 

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It wouldn’t be winter without a little spring– spring fashion, of course. After you’re finished checking out MADE, see the latest from ICB!

The schedule is listed here.

5. Go To The Met

 

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By-donation museums was the one of the best things to happen in this city. The MET is amazing all-year round, but when it’s cold, we find it best to seek solace in art. 

Another reason to go this month is this awesome exhibit on cubism, totally a must see!

6. Triumph Hotel’s PRIV Beauty Pop-Up

 

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Fashion Week can be a bit stressful, which is why Triumph Hotels partnered up with PRIV to give the public some pampering. Get free massages, a new hairstyle, and much much more!

7. Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the ‘70s

 

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The Museum at FIT is having an AMAZING exhibit starting Feb. 6th that you just can’t miss. The exhibition—which features 80 ensembles and 20 accessories on display from the designers—places the fashions of Yves Saint Laurent and Halston within the context of the 70s infamous glitz and turmoil. Can’t make it this month? No worries, it’s going on until April

8. Helmut Lang

 

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Fashion meets art with Lang’s first every gallery show exhibiting 10-12 foot sculptures of fabric and resin that will absolutely blow your mind! Through Feb. 21st.

9. Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

 

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Now that you’ve seen all the art and fashion this month has to offer, wouldn’t it be cool to see a dragon dance? If you said yes, join Chinatown in the Lunar New Year Parade & Festival in traditional dance, yummy food, and amazing performers. 

10. Party Like It’s 1999 at The Bell House

 

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Retro-kitsch is in—was it ever actually out?—at this monthly party at The Bell House. Rock your favorite ICB top and get ready for a night of throwbacks. 

11. Visit Central Park

 

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Yeah, we know it’s cold. But even though it’s not a rocking party or a must-be-there event, Central Park is a winter wonderland in Feburary. Whether  you’ve been here for decades or just a few days, snow-covered Central Park is always a sight worth seeing. 

12. Visit the Bowery Poetry Club

 

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This place is chic, and filled with soul. Come here on a Friday or Saturday night for good drinks, good vibes, and even better poetry

13. New York City Winter Wine Fest

 

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Wine tasting and good times– what else could a girl ask for? With over 200 wines from all around the world, this event is not worth missing.

14. City Bakery Annual Hot Chocolate Festival

 

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This is a festival featuring over 28 different kinds of hot chocolate that you’ve probably never tried before. Do we really need to say more??

15. Go Ice Skating

 

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Show off your best– and (hopefully) most graceful– moves by ice skating in one of the city’s many ice skating rinks. It’s a great time to be silly in the cold, and it makes one hell of a date. 

16. Boozy Book Swap

 

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This February The Strand are teaming up for an annual book swap like you’ve never seen it before. Judge a book by it’s cover, literally, and meet new people while listening to good music and sipping on unlimited wine. Plus, it’s only $20!

17. Romeo and Juliet at The David H. Koch Theater

 

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Whether you have a date or not this Valentine’s Day, you can still be swept away by the New York City Ballet’s performance of one of literature’s most tragic love stories. Only through Feb. 15th!

18. Book a Spa Day

 

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If you didn’t catch our latest Reboot, Revive, and Recharge post back in December, then you better catch up! Sometimes all an ICB girl needs is a little “me” time. Check out some of top spa locations in the city and give yourself some lovin!

19. Dance the Night Away at RINSED NYC

 

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This is by far one of the most innovative, outstanding, and dance-thumping parties that NYC has to offer. This all night once-a-monthly has featured some of the top producers and artists in techno, electronic, IDM, and deep, deep dance house on the East Coast. Book your tickets here to get RINSED.

20. REMEMBER TO RELAX AND SMILE 

 

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With Fashion Week and all of the amazing, hustle and bustle of the city, February is one of the winter’s busiest months. Sometimes we just have to remind ourselves to take a moment and relax. Here’s us reminding you!

2015-02-05

ICB's New Take: The New Future Fresh SS15 Campaign

ICB’s newest campaign, shot by Daniel Jackson at Pier 59 Studios in New York, celebrates a new era for ICB girls all over the world. The SS15 campaign highlights new concepts, introduces a whole new edge, and features fresh ICB Muses Hanne Gaby Odiele, Meghan Collison, Nastya Sten, JiHye Park, and Stina Rapp.

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ICB SS15 Campaign by Daniel Jackson

Styled by Tiina Laakkonen, with creative direction by Chris Simmonds, ICB’s newest campaign also features make up by Hannah Murray and hair by Dider Malige.

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ICB SS15 Campaign by Daniel Jackson

The unveiling of this campaign marks an exciting era for ICB, as well as fresh, and future directions towards the way we communicate our campaigns, image, and global visions.

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ICB SS15 Campaign by Daniel Jackson

This month ICB will launch a 5,000-copy newspaper called #THEFASHIONDAILY which will be released just in time for New York Fashion Week. This bold move fully endeavors to establish ICB as a strong, global mainstay in the future of fashion.

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Behind the Scenes Photo by Masha Maltsava

With the future fully envisioned this Spring, ICB will also celebrate its 20th anniversary with the release of the Fall 2015 campaign slated for later this year. Since ICB’s inception in 1995, Michael Kors, Victor & Rolf, Stephen Meisel, Lori Goldstein, Terry Richardson, Milla Jovevich, Camilla Nickerson, Peter Lindberg, Magnus Berger & Tenzin Wild, Patrick Demarchelier, and most recently Prabal Gurung have been the mainstay contributors, displaying and lending their epic talents to the history of the brand. 

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Behind the Scenes Photo by Masha Maltsava

With design studios in New York and Tokyo, ICB has revolutionized the idea of the world as a single fashion marketplace. ICB retail stores are located in Japan, Korea and Singapore. Beyond 2015, USA stand-alone stores will be slated to open in early 2016. International partners and retailers include Isetan, Ginza Matsuya, Marunouchi, Harvey Nichols Hong Kong, Intermix and Shopbop.com.

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Behind the Scenes Photo by Masha Maltsava

We’ve come a very long way as a brand that has dedicated itself to finding the very best designers, and visual concepts that identify the pulse of future innovations in style and everyday urban wear. Let’s all raise our glasses of champagne, saki, and…well let’s all raise our hands up for ICB!

2015-02-03

ICB SS15: Undone Beauty, Modern Separates for the City Girl

The future flows in innumerable and distinct ways. It carves pathways towards innovation, provocation, plus helps us to embellish our own personal styles. ICB’s SS15 collection does just that. 

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This collection calls upon all urban, modern, and technologically savvy ICB girls everywhere to take on a different look and viewpoint of ‘urban’ separates, and movement.

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We’ve also challenged the way we approach fabrics by producing pieces that lend more utility to the wearer, such as eye-let and mesh features that let the separates breath and take on a life of their own. 

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Nothing ever remains static at ICB. Even the somewhat 'antiquated" fabric Chambray. We challenged this fabric by adding patches of cornflower blue mesh into several pieces, plus sporty elements that add a futuristic and other-wordly quality. 

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At ICB we also explored the idea of movement through fringe. What seems to be our own modern take of a dress can readily be transformed into a 2015 zeitgeist of fringe dripping off the fabric, making the look electric, and plugged in. Not only does it swing back and forth, but the at ICB we plugged in fringe in graphic ways that traverse above and beyond the present future. 

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Other pieces are embellished with “melting” floral prints that cater to spring’s first blush of warmth.

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Blazers and shorts, monochromatic jumpsuits, and utility-style chunky sandal platforms help make each and every look for SS15 that much accessible, that much timeless, and that much FUN. 

And here’s where we leave you the freedom, innovation, and choice to pick and choose your favorites from ICB SS15. - Ana Roman

2015-01-29

ICB's Winter Tool Kit: Top 5 In Your Bag Essentials

Ready. Set. Out the Door. But wait…it’s not all about the lip-gloss, gloves, scarves, iPhone chargers and left over starbucks gift certificates! It’s about the lean, mean, and bare essentials. What are they? Dare you ask?

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Un-done Winter Beauty Requires a Battle Plan. Photo by #StrandedBack Stage at ICB SS15

What surprises us over at ICB is how many NYC winters we’ve weathered, yet we’re still at a loss when it comes to the exact requirements of what needs to be put in our bag.

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Sure, we wish we could concentrate on our shoes, summer wardrobes, and self-tanner, but trust us; once you keep these essentials in your bag you’ll thank us for protecting you from dry skin, sore throats, and a little self-love indulgence to go a long, long way.

1. HAND CREAM

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We love Diptyque’s Eau de Rose Hand Cream. Nothing spells relief like a little homage to the ‘Queen of Flowers’ on the mean winter streets of NYC.  With its majestic scent enlivened by bergamot and black currant, and warmed by musk, cedar and honey, it’s sure to make those tucked away subway rides a bit more luxurious. Extra Bonus: It’s also enriched with macadamia oils to help sooth dry skin.

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Bag It and Protect It!

2. RICOLA

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Okay, NOT the whole bag. But just a few. Pop 'em on your way out, on the train, or before your presentation. Whether or not you’re feeling the coughs coming on, rest assure that these little drops of power can prevent itchy, dry throats and in some cases, the common cold. You’ll thank us later.

3. SMART PHONE GLOVES

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Okay, this one might not be for everybody. But when you’re in the middle of New York Fashion Week with one hand on your notebook and the other on your phone with the snow coming down, you might want to think twice about those chic red leather gloves. Trust us. Invest in a new pair of smart phone gloves for those super busy days, keep them tucked away in your bag, and we guarantee all your multi-tasking dreams will come true….(hopefully). We Love The Northface Etip & Touch Gloves.

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Don’t Suffer! Put those hands under those smartphone glove covers!

4. ULTRA THICK MOISTURIZER

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Oh no. Not another cream. Yes, we’re sorry to tell you that the one still in your bag from last summer just doesn’t cut it. Protecting your skin from the summer breeze isn’t the same as protecting your skin from gargantuan NYC winter gusts. Not to mention, your skin really does change with the seasons. That’s why we love to slather Av ne Skin Recovery Cream before heading out, after the gym, and before bed. You’ll see the difference, less flakes, more dewy like conditions on your skin, and less fuss.

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GET LUXE and Protected

5. AN EXTRA $20 IN CASH

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Cabs. Uber Cars. Cash Only Coffee. Cash Only Bars. Emergency Cash Only Purchases. Every NYC ICB Girl knows that cash really is QUEEN. So always keep a bit stashed into those purse pockets- because you just NEVER know.

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2015-01-27

ICB's Monthly Music Round Up: Tuned in Tunes for January

Put down your ‘best of the best music in 2014’ lists. That’s over and done. It’s time refresh your ear palates with new tunes in January. You can take these to the gym, on the train, or even between meetings.

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Seeing the light at ICB SS15 Behind the Scenes

We went straight for the heart with our list, featuring oldies, newbies, and debuts we love.

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And speaking of debuts, have you spied ICB’s SS15 collection yet?

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Go ahead and take a look…but wait, put your headphones on and listen to the soundtrack we provided for your viewing pleasure!

Bjork- Vulnicura

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Bj rk’s ninth full-length, filled with lush arrangements, heart-wrenching singing, emotionally candid, and what some would call the breakup album. Vulnicura is an unapologetically cerebral work about vulnerability and being turned by love. Make sure you’re home alone with a glass of wine on the first listen! Even better, listen when it’s snowing outside.

Laura Welsh-Soft Control

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For her first full-length venture, Welsh teamed up with Dev Hynes, Robin Hannibal from Rhye, Scissor Sisters’ Babydaddy, Amanda Ghost, Emile Haynie, Greg Kurstin, and Jonathan Lipsey. The LP also includes a duet with John Legend. This is a timeless wonder, one that you will thank us for on many cold and romantic nights to come.

Sleater-Kinney-No Cities to Love

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Get ready to plug in your guitars again. Step away from the techno, and put your band-singer-songwriter earphones back on. Hear the words, flow with the drums, and get ready for some strong words of reckoning, love, and wanton strength. If you didn’t know yet, Sleater-Kinney is one of the most widely-praised rock bands of the last 20 years. The band formed in the mid-90s in Olympia, Wash., and went on to record seven albums. The group split up in 2006, but have reunited to release a new album, called No Cities to Love.

Tanya Tagaq-Animism

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This is easily one of the best art, folk, EDM, electronic, ballad masterpieces to come into the mainstream this winter. A new genre, a fresh take, a new start. This alt-pop gem can easily be coined as the godmother of 'Inuk Punk.’ After working with Bjork, Tagaq recently triumphed over Arcade Fire and Drake to snag Canada’s 2014 Polaris Music Prize for her fourth album, Animism, a powerful collection of abstract and heart-wrenching songs to grace early 2015.

Future Brown-World’s Mine EP

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This is easily what music should sound like in 2015. Genre-bending, intercontinental, with all the right amounts of Reggaeton meets Grime, Bop, R&B, and Dancehall. Everyone is excited by new, unusual and forward-thinking sounds, and Future Brown is just that. Composed of Fatima al Qadiri, Nguzunguzu (Daniel Pineda and Asma Maroof), and J-Cush, the collective recently signed to independent trendsetters, Warp Records.

In the meantime, we leave you with an innovative, energetic, and amazingly creative video with Future Brown that will change the way you look at winter sports and dare we say, other-wordly future beats.

2015-01-23

ICB’S WINTER SKIN ESSENTIALS: Prep Your Skin For a Winter Wonderland

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Ready for White-Out Battle at ICB AW14

We know it’s a winter wonderland out there. It’s exciting. It’s beautiful. You get to work from home more often and cuddle by the fire, furnace, or for most NYC residents, inside your favorite wine bar or coffee shop.

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Close Your Eyes and Visualize…healthy winter skin at ICB AW14

Then all of the sudden, your skin melts down into small red patches of itchy delight. No, it wasn’t because of the cappuccino you just had over your 30 minute conference call. No, it wasn’t the red wine you had for lunch.

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It’s…..drumroll…..WINTER. Heating. Dry air. Hell freezing over.

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Stay Calm. Winter doesn’t last Forever!

Yes, that’s right. That means those lipbalms, eyecreams, and everything else you were using over the summer and fall are pretty much void.

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If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join Them: White on White in NYC

So listen up ICB girls! It’s time to change your skin routine, your wardrobe, and your outlook and this is the prime month to apply those style savvy skills.

Here’s our Top Picks for 2015’s Winter Skin Essentials:

FACE WASH:

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Hunt down a glycolic acid-filled face wash (Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3 Percent Facial Wash is awesome), which will gently exfoliate and wash away dead skin cells each time your rinse without irritation normally caused by granular scrubs. Use daily for a brighter complexion — and for the absorption of your moisturizer, which would otherwise be blocked from said dead skin cells.

FACE CREAM:

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Read: Cream. Not lotion. During the winter, your face needs a heavier cream to protect it from cold, harsh air and biting wind — even if you run away from heavier moisturizers usually. The trick to one size fits all cream? Look for oil-free, non-comedogenic (aka non-pore clogging) as well as one that’s free of potential allergens. Give Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel-Cream a shot: We’ve never met someone who didn’t like it!

EYE CREAM:

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Even if you have never used eye cream a day in your life, it’s a must for winter. Eye skin is crazy thin, so it takes a major beating when the weather gets harsh. Try Shiseido Sun Protection Eye Cream SPF 34, which hydrates without feeling heavy and has a hefty dose of SPF to protect the skin. (Because, let’s be real, that SPF 7 crap isn’t going to cut it.)

BODY SCRUB:

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The same reason you need to exfoliate your face, you need to also scrub your bod so the skin stays ready to soak up moisturizers. But don’t shop for this one: Instead, use a coconut oil- and sugar-based scrub you can DIY from your kitchen. The ingredients are pretty simple, too — sugar is a humectant, and coconut oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-tons-of-bad-things benefits to keep you clean and healthy. Frankly, we’ve yet to find one in any store that beats my one-cup brown sugar, half-cup coconut oil combo. Just mix, pop it in a mason jar or Tupperware and use it once or twice a week. Bonus: It can double as a scalp scrub when your head gets itchy.

BODY LOTION:

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Two words: fragrance-free. Yes, those super-fragrant lotions may smell pretty, but perfume-laden options can irritate and even — get this — actually dry out skin. So, I say go simple for winter, ’cause no one’s gonna smell the scented stuff under skinny jeans and a sweater anyway. My fave is the Burts Bees Fragrance-free Shea Butter and Vitamin E Body Lotion. It’s insane — and totally eco-friendly, too.

A HUMIDIFIER: 

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OK, OK. So it’s not a skin care product, but a humidifer helps just as much as your favorite lotion long-term would when it comes to keeping skin fresh. They’re literally THE sure-fire way to get rid of the dry air. Pick up a chic one for your bedroom — the Crane Drop Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is great (and so cute in green!), plus a USB-powered one for your desk. (We rock the Homedics HUM-CM10.)

2015-01-21

ICB BATTLES CABIN FEVER: Top Event Picks for January You Can't Miss

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Go Out with a Smile! (You’ll thank us later) from ICB Behind the Scenes

Just because you’re on a detox cleanse, you’re cold, or ‘saving money’ doesn’t mean you have to lock yourself in your apartment, and suffer with impending cabin fever. You can already feel it creeping up on you. Halfway through January and you’re sitting in your place alone, so quiet you can hear a pin drop. Your friends are about to issue a missing persons warrant. Now, no one wants that.

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Show Your True Blue in 2015 in ICB AW14

So, at ICB we fully endorse you to dig up your best coat, pile the winter armor on, slap on the lip balm, and get out there.

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STEP OUT from ICB SS15

To whet your appetite, we’ve made a list of the most delicious, tempting, and not-to-miss options for last half of January (phew, this month is going fast!)

New York City Ballet Winter 2015 Repertory Season 

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January 20–March 1
The New York City Ballet returns to Lincoln Center this winter with a slew of breathtaking performances. The season kicks off with an all-Balanchine evening, consisting of Serenade, Agon and Symphony in C. The remainder of the six-week season includes more Balanchine performances along with celebrations of regional works from Germany (featuring the music of Johann Sebastian Bach), Russia and Italy as well as several performances of Romeo and Juliet.

Winter Antiques Show 

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January 23–February 1
Each winter, the most prestigious antiques show in America comes to the Park Avenue Armory, featuring “the best of the best,” from Roman antiquities to mid-century-modern items. Expect to see plenty of Americana, plus English, European and Asian fine wares and decorative arts. The show also serves as a benefit for the East Side House Settlement, a community resource in the South Bronx that provides social services and educational programs to give people the tools to improve their economic status and their lives.

Painting Music in the Age of Caravaggio

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Until March 4th

This exhibition poses the question, What did people “hear” when they looked at paintings of musical performances by Caravaggio and his contemporaries? There is no doubt that these pictures had an intentionally aural, as well as visual, component: silent music is their theme.

The New York Ceramics & Glass Fair

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January 21-25

The show is set on three floors of the Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues), and features over 30 top-tier vetted Galleries and Private Dealers from the United States, England, Europe and Asia. On display will be everything from 17th century to contemporary objects, including porcelain, pottery, glass, cloisonné and enamels.

Urban Glass

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Until March 7th

Fluidity. Containment. Scientific Innovation. Over the course of its history, these characteristics have become synonymous with the materiality of glass. The exhibition Material Location features contemporary investigations of these essential glass qualities by 7 artists in the Greater New York City Area.

London Grammer

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January 27 at Terminal 5

Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman, and Dominic (Dot) Major formed this act some six years ago while students at Nottingham University. Soon after completing their studies, the trio signed to the label Ministry of Sound and recorded their first album, “If You Wait,” a superbly moody collection of trip-hop. Released late in 2013, it rocketed the band to success. The sudden fame seems to have slightly spooked the outfit—in particular the mesmerizing front woman Reid, who suffers from stage fright—but their reaction only adds to their introspective charm.

CAPRICCIO presents Fleurs du Mal

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January 24 (Secret Location)

Fleurs du Mal is a new series of artistic actions presenting the best Dance, Electronic, and Techno DJ’s New York has to offer. For those who know or those who want to be experienced…For those who want something beyond the dance, more mystical, rawer, romantic, futuristic… you are in the right place.

Error 404.Global Party

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January 31st (Secret Location)

The mysterious, enigmatic, innovative, and lush-thumping dance party is back to grace New York City with one of the most unexpected line-ups this side of 2015. Detroit DJ Manuel Gonzales will headline at Error404’s Factory Settings affair alongside Proper Trax affiliate Alex Falk and a cast of locals. The party will go down at an undisclosed location to be announced the day of the event.- Ana Roman

2015-01-16

ICB IN 3-D: FASHION'S SHARP TURN INTO THE FUTURE

We haven’t rushed out to buy our own 3-D printer just yet. Sure, we have our ear on the pulse on how 3-D printing has changed the face of fashion, manufacturing textiles, and constructing otherworldly silhouettes.

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Phase 1: 3-D Construction in CAD Software

Besides being the doyenne of tech buzz and fashion news, there are reasons why 3-D printing is so full on in our scope of future vision right now.

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While still in its infancy, 3D printing, which works by printing out layer after thin layer of plastic to make highly specialized designs, can already create a litany of objects that are pretty impressive—the designs for which can often be found for free online.

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3-D Mastery by Noa Raviv

We’re currently obsessed with Thingverse, an online database packed to the brim with free, user-created designs for 3D printers operated by the people behind the 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot.

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Breathable Fabrics Walking Towards the Future at ICB SS15

Aside from all the awesome things you can make with 3-D printers, at ICB we’re  really getting to the heart of how these magical little thrones of perception, or shall we say, dimension, are taking over the fashion world.

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3-D Superstructures in the Making

Architects and scientists have been using 3-D printing to create models for decades, but it’s beginning to show even more potential. From 3D printed buildings to 3D printed hearing aids, this technology could be revolutionary for a variety of industries. Fashion is no exception, and designers have already started to experiment.

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3-D Interplanetary Fashion Voyages by Neri Oxman

Companies such as Hot Pop Factory are printing jewelry. Retailers such as New Balance are printing shoes. Designers such as Ron Arab are printing sunglasses. These pioneering innovations are exciting, but what’s a 3D printed necklace without a shirt or dress to match? 3D printing and fashion just recently met a couple of years ago, but their friendship is off to a promising start.

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2-D Fringe with 3-D Dreams at ICB SS15

Objects like bracelets and phone cases take around thirty minutes to print. Base prices for such machinery — not including printing materials — are comparable to a laptop, at around $1,300.00.

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3-D Jewelry Designs

The idea of 3-D custom design has mass appeal and marketability. Who doesn’t want to wear a one-of-a-kind, perfectly tailored piece? Perhaps the ICB girl of the future won’t have to suffer the social agony of showing up to a work, happy hour, the club, etc. wearing the same dress as her archenemy….or even worse, by accident.

That’s right. The same technology that could build a city and create a hearing aid could also open the doorways to our fashion perceptions. And ICB that’s something we fully endorse!- Ana Roman

2015-01-13

ICB Wrap it Up: Cold War Snow-Proof Winter Styles

It’s Tuesday morning. Your nose is running. Your lipgloss feels like it might freeze-dry on your already parched lips. Your neck is undeniably standing at attention with goose bumps. Then you find yourself heading into a break wind that is colder than the planet Pluto and for the first time in your life you cannot feel your toes or your fingertips, or hear your thoughts. You start to have visions of yourself in a fetal position inside of your warm bed, and you promise yourself you will never come out, ever, ever, again.

 Emitting HEAT: ICB’s own Thermal Styles at AW14

WELCOME TO NEW YORK WINTERS.

 Just remember, in NYC cold hell freezing over is NO EXCUSE for not putting your best face forward, showing up to the party, and making your mark. If you’re not prepared, not fully bundled in style, or in denial of what’s ahead of you…then you’ll succumb to nights staying in with your other boyfriend-netflix, your friends will get tired of your excuses, and the best, most exciting months of the year will pass you by.

Keep Warm Close: ICB’s own Angora Sweater at AW14

Cold War Battles: ICB’s Charcoal Angora Overcoat

But before you walk out the door into a 17-degree NYC Saturday night consider these Snow-Proof Winter Fabric options:

Seen on the Street: Avoiding Brain Freeze in Style

  1. Wool
  2. Angora
  3. Thermals
  4. Microfibers
  5. Scarf
  6. Hat
  7. Gloves
  8. Good Socks
  9. Shearling

We know the list may look less than exotic, but we promise you, you won’t come out looking like a frumpy teddy bear all bundled up. There are ways to keep the cold at bay without having to succumb to the yeti snow monster look. No matter how cold it is outside, we complete faith that ICB girls everywhere will keep their sense of style. Take a nod from these dead of winter Fashion Week style wizards:

Scarf, Beanie-Hat, Gloves, and Delicious Layers

Big Cozy Collars

Color-Blocked Scarves and Gloves

Stay Layered in Wool Pashmina Scarves

Shearling On Duty

Now here’s a video from NYC’s own Bill Cunningham that brightens our day even in the harsh cold of winter:

2015-01-08

ICB’S NEW YORK MINUTE: The Essential Cheat Sheet for NYC Style

In NYC, it’s more than just “street chic,”a nice mani-pedi, or a cool pair of shades. That’s just not enough to garner the attention of some of the greatest style echelons that may live two blocks from you. So WATCH OUT-yes, YOU. Because everyone is watching.

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ON.THE.GO. from the ICB NYC Style Watch

In this city style is made with mandatory components of confidence, attitude, independence, risk-taking, and individualism. That means you can’t just show up to the party, office, club, gallery, lounge, or bar without making a little bit of effort.

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Whether you’re an entrepreneur going back and forth to Los Angeles, an ingénue actress in the making who wears duds on camera but looks a million bucks off camera, or a DJ that rules the night….everyone’s style voice has a chance to be heard in this city.

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“New York style is fascinating and usually begins with a micro-trend, birthed in a cult-like social circle which quickly spreads to tremendous influence,” says Style.com Fashion Market Director Rachael Wang.

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Anti-Stiletto Queen of NYC: Style.com Fashion Market Director Rachael Wang

She told StyleCaster.com that “Some of the best American fashion trends—Andy Warhol and the Factory, Studio 54, ‘80s train graffiti culture, ‘90s Brooklyn hip-hop—all emerged through this contagious underground system that makes New York so special.”

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Everyone’s Watching: Holland Roden wearing ICB during the SS15 Runway Show

This true-to-kaleidoscopic visionary city won’t ever break you if you show up and put your best face forward. It won’t break you if you jump out of your comfort zone. That doesn’t mean breaking the bank, spending millions, and sacrificing your income. However, it may appear to be competitive, but it’s all about knowing where to cut corners, and conserve your wallet PLUS your energy.

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RISK-TAKING: Try it out. Experiment. Don’t be afraid to push boundaries.

Here are a few pointers for all those ICB girls hitting it and hoofing it hard in NYC (TAKE NOTES)

ICB’s NYC STYLE CHEAT SHEET:

WHEN YOU CAN’T FIGURE IT OUT STAY MONOCHROMATIC:

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We’ll say it again and again, head to toe GRAY reigns supreme in this city! And if you can’t figure out what to wear (i.e. stayed out way too late and struggling to get ready for work) keep it simple and match the color tones. You can’t go wrong with this quick fix!

ALWAYS HAVE YOUR NAILS READY, SET, BEAUTIFUL:

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Our best place for a Mani-Pedi? Vanity Projects. Refinery 29 has the best of the best in the NYC nail kingdom.

EMBRACE THE Anti-Stiletto High Heel PHILOSOPHY:

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Ladies! We are ON THE GO. If you aren’t going from Door to Cab and Cab to Club, re-think your ways of hoofing it around the city. NYC girls never underestimate the power of a cool flat, sneaker, or wedge!

 BE SEEN ON THURSDAY NIGHTS:

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Yes. We said it. You’re tired. It’s still the middle of the workweek, but when everyone’s going bonkers on Friday night you happily save your eardrums for Saturday! Best place to be see on Thursday nights? 1st Thursdays Gallery Walks in Chelsea, and Basement Bhangra at Le Poisson Rouge.

LET’S GET PHYSICAL:

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This city will BURN you if you aren’t in shape, have stamina, and are ready, set, go. For those of you who don’t want to bulk up at the gym or be a rat in a cage on a treadmill, we highly suggest something more elegant: PURE BARRE ballet cardio (trust us…it hurts but it WINS)

CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET:

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Get ready. Your style habits can quickly clutter your closet…only because in NYC our apartments are as tiny as closets. There are plenty of amazing Consignment shops where you can buy, sell, and trade your best vintage and new designer duds. Beacon’s Closet and Tokio 7 are a few of our favorites.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO SPEND A MILLION BUCKS TO LIVE LIKE A MILLION BUCKS:

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There’s no shame in being resourceful, scrappy, and cutting corners when you have to pay your rent, look good, balance a career, and be a kick ass DJ/actress/entrepreneur all at the same time. So, if you don’t want to sacrifice your wardrobe to your budget, cut corners around dinner and drinks. Time Out NYC has the best Cheap Eats and Drinks right here.

BE A SALON GUINEA PIG:

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Remember that part where we said risk-taking? This is when you put it to the test! Here’s your resource for free cuts, styles, and blow outs. Yes, yes, you can thank us later when you’re the next IT girl! - Ana Roman

 

 

 

 

2015-01-07

ICB’s 15 For 2015: The ‘Can’t Live’ Without Year Round Essentials

We know there’s a gazillion lists out there telling us what to be on the look out for in 2015 (the best lipsticks, shoes, consume, consume!) But what about a sincere list of essentials that has nothing to do with endorsing endless lists that will eventually overwhelm us all?

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Essential FUTURE Look at ICB SS14

Listen, we know there’s no easy fix to the relentless style options floating around us-BUT, if you stick to the essentials it will be that much easier to focus on the FUN in 2015.

Now, let’s get to the Fun!

Here’s our TOP 15 FOR 2015 STYLE ESSENTIALS

1. THE TOTE/CLUTCH

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Rain or Shine, April or October, an over-sized unisex tote or clutch will get your through the year in seamless NYC style.

2. THE NUDE/NEUTRAL EVERYDAY PUMP

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Chlo  Leather Pumps in Dune

3. HEADPHONES

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Are best in show for 2015? The SOLO 2 Wireless

4. The ALL WHITE Look

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You curate it, you construct, guaranteed to be a year-round show-stopper. Don’t be afraid to break the rules. This will when turn heads even in the middle of freezing February.

5. THE LAYERING PIECE

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Especially if you live in colder climates, investing in a good sweater is a must. In muted gray, this color-block pullover is a refreshing alternative to a basic solid. Brought to you by ICB of course! Available Now at Shop Nouvelles

6. That ONE Pair of Earrings You Can’t Live Without

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Gaia Repossi’s seamless, and futuristic take on the year-round earcuff has us TOTALLY enthralled!

7. A SIGNATURE FRAGRANCE

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Ours? Well, we cheated. We have three! Were slavishly following the scent of Unisex, Winter Nights, Fall Mornings, and Rainy Springtime Days with all three Comme Des Garconnes Monocle Fragrances.

8. That ONE PAIR of Black Bootsimage

Whether it’s Fall, Winter, or a jaunt into Early Spring; bootie, ankle boot, or thigh-high..it simply doesn’t matter. Make sure they’re black, they’re popping style, and able to get you through the day.

9. THE STATEMENT PIECE

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Whether it’s purple lipstick, a bright-colored trench, special occasion shoes waiting for you in the closet…be brave! Go after whatever your heart truly desires. FORTUNE FAVORS THE BOLD every day of the year!

10. THE WHITE COTTON DRESS SHIRT

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It’s the epitome of minimalist perfection. When done right, this piece will time travel beyond your wildest dreams…and your closet.

11. THE PERFECT PAIR OF SHADES

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A must, must, must, for any ICB NYC girl facing the elements. Our favorites for 2015? Anything by Steven Alan Optical’s Resort Collection.

12. THE GO-TO NAIL POLISH COLOR

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Our favorite year-round nail creation PLUS color is by Katie Jane Hughes (Butter London). She created a genius half-brushed nude and gray nail for ICB’s own game-changing SS15 Collection.

13. CONFIDENCE

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Go Ahead. Ask for that promotion, get your driver’s license, and splurge on that next signature piece…with confidence and style. You deserve it.

14. SENSE OF HUMOR

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Some days are going to be tough, and some days you just aren’t going to get it right. LAUGH at yourself! It will get you through the tough times that much easier. Oh, and a sense of humor NEVER goes out of style.

15. MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC

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DONT. EVER. LEAVE. HOME. WITHOUT. THE. MUSIC. - Ana Roman

 

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