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2014-12-30

ICB's Post Holiday Reboot: Our Top 10 Places to Spa & Recharge

Holiday eating, buying, consuming. It’s all adding up. Can we still fit into those pants? Yes…well, with some struggling. At ICB we’re by NO means endorsing full out self-punishment for our holiday indulgences.

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Full-Throttle Style doesn’t mean Full-Throttle Burn Out: Check Out AW14 Behind the Scenes

However, we are FULLY endorsing self-care, a luxurious pat on the back for making it through another year (and surviving the holiday) plus doing it in sheer NYC innovation and style.

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Your Year Should be Filled with Calm and SUPER-SMILES at ICB AW14

This year we are definitely voting YES to more spa, more ME-time, more disconnecting with our tech-distractions, and a little more mindful health…..We just hope you made it home in one piece!

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We’d be smiling this way too after a 90 Minute Message

Here’s our TOP 10 Spa Reboot and Recharge Haunts in New York City

1. Aire Ancient Baths: More of an experience than just a spa, Aire transports you to another time and place, making it easy to forget about the hustle and bustle of the city as you unwind in European-style baths and candlelight. Soak in a variety of different pools—the salt pool that allows you to float aimlessly is a favorite—and partake in the cold-to-hot plunge that the staff recommends.

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Add a massage to your $75 bathing pass for as little as $75, or a luxurious ritual with red wine, champagne, or olive oil for around $500. Book here.
88 Franklin St near Church St.

2. The Red Door: Few spas are more iconic than Elizabeth’s Arden Red Door, and their new Union Square location is the epitome of modern luxury. The upper level features express beauty services like blowouts, makeup applications, waxes, manicures, mini-facials, and even eye contours and collagen treatments. Downstairs, you can escape into an oasis of massages, facials, peels, wraps, and reflexology.

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Before you leave, make sure to check out the beauty bar, where you can play with their latest makeup and skin care products. Check out the many services available here. 200 Park Ave S near 17th St.

3. Bliss: Perhaps just as known for its extensive line of skin care products, Bliss puts emphasis on pampering and indulging. The changing rooms are stocked with every product you could need, including snacks. The massages are targeted for specific needs, like the “Rookie Mom Rubdown” for tired new moms and the “Rubber Neck” for those who carry tension in the upper back.

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Facials are another popular service, and you can also treat yourself to manicures, pedicures, waxing, laser hair removal and one of many scrubs and detoxes. Check the services out here. 12 W 57th St near Sixth Ave, Third Floor.

4. Mezzanine Medical Day Spa: In case you’re looking for more intensive treatments, Mezzanine complements its classic spa offerings with cosmetic procedures like permanent hair reduction, “photo rejuvenation” facials, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels. The list of less invasive facials is lengthy, so there’s something for everyone, whether it’s detoxing or age-defying that you’re in the market for.

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There’s also a “medical pedicure” to treat any foot issues. The spa is a favorite because of its luxe atmosphere and pristine surroundings. Find out more here. 140 W 58th St near Sixth Ave, Suite 6.

5. Juvenex: Juvenex has won over A-listers and the nightlife crowd with its 24/7 schedule—imagine capping off a night of clubbing with a wind-down in the sauna. If it’s a less social, more “me-time” experience you want, Juvenex is women-only from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Jade Journey will transport you to ancient Asia as you de-stress in two different saunas, take an invigorating “Cold Rainforest Shower,” and lounge in Japanese soaking tubs filled with herbs. They also offers classic facials, massages, body wraps and waxing. Check out the varied menu here.
25 W 32nd St near Fifth Ave, Fifth Floor.

6. Great Jones Spa: This one’s a favorite of the fashion set, and it’s easy to see why—a juice bar is on site, and experts are available for discussing detoxes and cleanses. You can receive an hour of energy therapy for stress reduction and “energetic rebalancing.”

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Glows, massages, and body scrubs complement a wide variety of facials, and $50 gets you three hours in the water lounge with a sauna, steam room, hot tub and cold plunge pool. There’s even haircuts and color options. The full rundown on all the options is here.
29 Great Jones St near Lafayette St.

7. Greenhouse Holistic: An overall wellness center consisting of a spa and yoga studio, Greenhouse Holistic is perfect for refreshing your entire mind and body. Massages range from deep tissue, reflexology and shiatsu to hot stone, sports and Swedish. You can unwind in the sauna and plan your healthy new lifestyle with Ayurvedic consultations.

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Open or close your day with one of Greenhouse’s many yoga classes—one is even set to a playlist of rock music. Check out services and class schedules here. 88 Roebling St near N 7th St; Williamsburg.

8. Ohm Spa: At this smaller, more intimate spa, the focus is on massages, facials and nail services. The staff is known for personalized attention, and every massage is tailored to your needs. Patrons here love the quiet atmosphere, snacks, and fruit-infused water.

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Try the Head-to-Toe Spa Combo, which includes any 60-minute massage, any 60-minute facial, a 50-minute pedicure and 30-minute manicure for $279. More info here. 260 Fifth Ave near 29th St, Seventh Floor.

9. Body by Brooklyn: Perhaps it’s the Brooklyn twist, but this luxurious spa also boasts a bar and restaurant, making it a top-of-the-list choice for a girls’ day or couple’s retreat.

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For $45, you can get a day pass to a lounge featuring saunas, a Turkish bath, hot tub, cold plunge pool and showers. You can also choose from massages, omega boost body therapy, a sea wrap, and more. Book ‘em here275 Park Ave near Washington Ave; Clinton Hill.

10. Spa Castle: This is often described as the amusement park of spas, because it will take you a full day to get through all of the available treatments and activities. But unlike any trip to Six Flags, that day promises to be one of the most relaxing you’ve experienced.

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There’s an entire section of different saunas and spa pools, and the long list of services runs the gamut from hand and foot reflexology and deep tissue massages to body scrubs and facials. Book treatments and packages here.
131-10 Eleventh Ave near 131st St; College Point, Queens. - Ana Roman

2014-12-29

ICB's Monthly Music RoundUp: RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR, Our Top Tunes for 2014 and the Future

It’s been a great year for ICB and our music inspirations. We’re moving and grooving to so many different tunes that we can’t help but be inspired by the beat. We’ve taken the time to think on it. After months of our own music round-ups we’ve discovered new albums, deliberated on the best, and settled on what makes us shut up and dance!

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The look of GROOVE at ICB Behind The Scenes AW14

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ICB’s 2014 Def Jam Party Fall Kick-Off

 

Whether it’s weekend nights in, happy hour to rave, just chilling out in the office with our headphones, or on our way to the gym, we’ve created a list of unforgettable music go-tos that will change the way you look back on 2014.

….and we have LIFT OFF

ICB’s TOP ALBUMS for 2014 into 2015 (In No Particular Order)

1. Black Messiah by D'Angelo & The Vanguard

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The best of the best in ultimate ROMANCE. It’s not just soft R&B, it’s an anthem, that takes all the best elements of pop, love, emotions, and makes that glass of red wine after a hard day’s night all the more meaningful. After 13 years of (almost) silence, we deeply welcome this timeless crooner back to our ears.

2. FKA Twigs- LP1

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From underground producer to 2014 It-kid, FKA twigs met if not exceeded expectations on her debut full-length, LP1. The album, which was nearly universally lauded by the blogosphere, hit the mark for its being avant-garde yet accessible to listeners who still prefer lyrical melodies to experimental cacophony. We approve.

3. Maipei- Hey Hey

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WOW. What an amazing, revolutionary year for female hip hop/R&B artists. We can’t deny that this Swedish rapper-turned singer has swayed us with her 21st century gospel like voice. Did we hear the angels sing? YES, we did. Her savvy-sweet brand of pop is proof that high-quality ingredients can’t be faked, even in a product designed for immediate and mass consumption.

4. St. Vincent- (Self-Titled)

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Bold. Confident. Experimental without being jarring. And ABSOLUTELY fresh, lush, and beautiful. A timeless album that’s going to be listened to well beyond 2015. This is the perfect soundtrack for getting it done, figuring it out, and retracing your steps towards genius. Thank you for the ear candy, St. Vincent!

5. Lykke Li- I Never Learn

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No, we did learn. We learned that one voice can truly intoxicate us into slowing down, reveling in those cold winter nights and taking it to heart. We learned that Sweden is ruling the audio-sphere in 2014 with deep innovation, heart-rendering songwriting, and deep beat slow thumps. More of this please in 2015, Lykke!

6. Rick Ross- Mastermind

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Rick, you did it again. Get ready, because this album is 19 tracks of blood, sweat, and tears that will give you a quick, much needed education in the early days of rap when truth reigned supreme; a time when heavy out-of-this world production, and beats went beyond the standard. His words and rhymes come down in a furious truth. It’s not for everyone, (and neither is Kanye or Drake) but it’s real ART in the rap world-without a doubt. Give it a listen if you dare…

6. Flying Lotus- You’re Dead!

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Are you ready for a cosmic listening journey? Producer Steven Ellison (Flying Lotus) waxed astrophysical in 2014, flung open cosmic doorways, faced the abyss and found God in a kick-drum. And that drive for sprawling electronic transcendence reflects a small but highly concentrated aesthetic that’s developed over the last half-decade. Hold on tight….

7. Little Dragon- Nabuma Rubberband

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BAM! Swedish-Japanese Songstress Yukimi Nagano is NO Little Dragon but a big, growling dance thumping sound we’ve never heard before. Little Dragon continued to explore the dichotomy between dance music and down-tempo in 2014 like no other artist’s around. Nabuma Rubberband’s slow jams are perfectly sexy, modern, and a great “get ready for a night on the town” pre-game soundtrack. Don’t let the “little” fool you! We swear this one is bigger than you can imagine.

8. Future Islands- Singles

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One of the best, most masterfully produced studio gems of 2014. These bright, bold synths, floating melodies, and deep emotional dance songs will get you prematurely ready for the summer of 2015….or think back to summer of 2014. Singles is a great balance of pop and melodrama. It’s built around the sturdy new wave beat, almost always four on the floor, built-in for house parties, and kicking-ass on the treadmill.- Ana Roman

2014-12-22

FUTURE BOMB: The Make of ICB's Name, The Future, and Our Global Vision in 2015

We’ve come along way in 2014. And could you believe? We’ve come even further since 1995  (another seminal year).

THEN: Kristen McMenamy for ICB SS 1996 Shot by Steven Meisel

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AND NOW: Joan Smalls for ICB AW14 Shot By Daniel Jackson

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As the year rolls forward to its ultimate end, we’re reflecting on what we’ve gained, how we’ve changed the future, and what we’ve brought to the world.

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Karoline Kurkova in ICB AW14 at the Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day

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Annalise Basso at Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party wearing ICB SS14

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Kat Graham at Fashion Rocks wearing ICB AW14

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Jennifer Lopez at Hollywood American Idol Taping in ICB SS14

And we’re bringing IT. How? Through changing the way we see iconic style by dressing women who dare to blur the lines between classic shapes and future functionality. The year 2014 paved the way for ICB to deliver a new take on prints, graphics, and fashion evolution..and we’re NOT slowing down.

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TECH TRADITIONS: ICB’s 21st Century Houndstooth Structure Jacket available at Barneys

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The Future of Hyper-Luxe: ICB SS15 Sneak-Peak

We brought the worlds International Concept Brand (ICB) to a whole other level this year. How? Through bringing the world NEXT Level

  • Creativity
  • Quality
  • FIT
  • Signature style
  • Quality fabrics made in Japan
  • Designed Innovation
  • Elegant Evolution
  • Future Functionality

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A Little FUTURE FUNCTIONALITY as seen in Marie Claire Branche

Self-assured, future-forward, while being down to earth, our timeless classics will stand the test of time even in the year 2020. That means we’re consistently testing the bounds of what encompasses the ultimate ICB Girl.

What’s in our name for her? What does ICB stand for in her daily life?

She’s Passionate

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She’s Original

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She Exudes Natural Confidence

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She’s Acquired an ENDLESS list of the coolest hotspots everywhere in the world

She RADIATES Grace and Assurance

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She TRANSITIONS seamlessly from gallery, magazine bull-pen, corporate firm, to happy hour-rave

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This is our name. This is our aim. And this is our mission for 2015 and beyond….TO BE CONTINUED……image

- Ana Roman

2014-12-19

ICB Out of Office: Style Guide Hideaways for our Daily Grinds

We don’t assume that ICB girls are ambitious, work 12-hour days, and take their coffee with a side of ‘bring it on.’We KNOW it. Twelve-hour days aren’t uncommon for those innovators, game-changers, and influencers we love and admire. With sweat on our brows and dreams perfectly primed like our metallic manicures, ICB girls take on a cool, calm, and collected game face straight into happy hour…

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NON STOP Grind in Style at ICB AW14

This means we demand our work/play environments to manifest as much success and style as our portfolios. Sure, we could stay hunched over our laptops at the local Starbucks, but nothing says BRING IT like working on our own success stories in modern opulence.

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These boots are made for walking- into MODERN OPULENCE for ICB AW14

ICB Girls demand an environment that encourages easy productivity and modern opulence, while snagging all the NYC accoutrements of style and ease. We simply want to take pride in the work we’ve so tirelessly produced!

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 Joan Smalls Working LIKE A BOSS for ICB AW14 Campaign

Whether working from home or plotting an escape from the office, every ICB girl needs to break out of the mold at least a few times a week. The question begs, where do we find those spaces of perfection that accent our meetings, work-play styles, or find a space that provides the perfect escape to wind down the day?

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Out of Office Glamor Opulence at ICB AW14 Behind the Scenes

Look no further. We’ve  compiled a list of the best lobbies, cubby-holes, and after-work hideaways that to do the WORK for us.

ICB’s TOP STYLE HIDEAWAYS for our DAILY GRINDS

1. THE DREAM HOTEL (Downtown)

For those of you planning a fast getaway that’s close to NYC’s best of the best galleries, food, and well..people watching, then get lost in this dream.

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2. THE NOMAD

Don’t let the name confuse you. We don’t want to encourage you to get lost while working, but if it’s a killer wine list you’re looking for, a break from espressos and an intro to Moroccan tea, or you’re just feeling bookish and want to surround yourself with leather-bound classics, then walk into The Nomad- but be warned, you may work well into happy hour and not even notice…

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3. THE WYTHE HOTEL

This is truly a home away from home. Tucked away in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, The Wythe Hotel offers a skyline view from the other side of the river that most die-hard tourists wouldn’t even consider. You’ve got the advantage if you’re working from this enclave. Why? Because while most 9-5'ers are hitting up midtown, the real innovators are plotting their workspace getaways and takeovers right here.

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4. THE JANE HOTEL

Ever feel like you just stepped into an exotic silent film…or want to work from one? Tip toe into this tucked away hotel in NYC’s West Village for a quick palm tree, huge space respite. The Jane definitely gives the phrase ‘Boutique Hotel’ a run for it’s money. This space offers everything from ambiance, the best mixed drinks this side of Manhattan has to offer, and a work space escape that will make you want to fly to the farthest reaches of a silent film-era movie set.

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5. THE STANDARD HOTEL (Meatpacking, NYC)

Are you ready for a well-deserved distraction? There’s nothing ever standard about this place. If you’re unaware of the calendar, you may get stuck in a work space located in the middle of either New York Fashion Week, a beer garden celebration, or caught in a throng of fashion bloggers and celebrities. If you want to be seen, this is the place to be. This is NOT a hideaway space. Be prepared to look up from your laptop every 5 minutes with the hopes that you’re outfit is snapped up by a fashion blogger.

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6. THE ST. REGIS

Okay, we’re stepping the line here. Its over-opulence may scare us, but what ICB girl doesn’t deserve a little 'dream come true’ atmosphere while working on her next project or entrepreneurial take-over? Rest assure if you’re networking, working, or having that morning cup of Earl Grey or pre-game Champagne, we PROMISE YOU…good things will come. This timeless classic will stand the test of trends, happy hours, and maybe even our own grandchildren.

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7. THE GRAMERCY PARK HOTEL

Moody, lush, dark…and romantic. Everything you want during a mid to late afternoon out of office escape from the grind. Just say yes to the ongoing year round fully lit fireplace, plush atmosphere, and always smiling staff. This is by far our favorite rainy day work out of home getaway!

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8. THE MARLTON HOTEL

Looking for that perfect power breakfast? Look no further. This hotel is packed with the future’s brightest global entrepreneurs from above and beyond. While you were sleeping they were flexing their 7am morning muscles while huddled around marble tables. This space is always WIFI ready and boasts a spacious indoor-outdoor cafe, while tucked away on a street that boasts some of the best shoe stores that Manhattan has to offer. Be careful, the staff may get attached and start sending you coffees and green teas on the house!

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-Ana Roman

2014-12-16

ICB's December Style Watch: The Turtleneck Eternals, Lip Balms, and Winter Soaks

It’s so cold we don’t even have time to think about re-applying our lipsticks to our freeze-dried lips..and who can blame us? Our hands are covered in gloves, and our turtlenecks have given us that infamous turtleneck-hair look that gets in our face, shielding the cold winds from our watering eyes. How’s that for windswept beauty?

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ICB’s Turtleneck Eternal on the Runway for AW14

Windswept or keeping warm, we’d be lost without the eternal cool of winter turtlenecks, their essence of chic and somehow time traveling through all trends and style upheavals through the ages. Even as we speak, some Monday morning glamazon is gearing up for her week with a few nonchalant strands of hair stroking her “keep it cool”poker face.

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Winter Wonderland Windswept Hair and Face at ICB AW14

Okay, enough of our homage to the turtleneck, let’s keep it useful here. Right now at ICB we’ve compiled an NYC-only winter prep kit that will help you stay style-inspired on those below-zero streets. Whether it’s from office to holiday party, holiday party to hotel lounge, it’s highly advisable to pre-prep your best face forward plus inner warmth for those winter months to come.

ICB’s TOP PRE-GAME WINTER BATH & BODY SOAKS

Protect your inner warmth and preserve you’re inner cool with these pre-game winter soaks

1. WARM BODY OIL $50; warmny.com

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2. Dr. Singha’s Purifying Mustard Bath $30; capbeauty.com

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3. Roques Oneil Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts, $60; shen-beauty.com

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4. Digital Detox Bath, $32; shen-beauty.com

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ICB’s TOP PRE-GAME Winter-Proof Lip Balms

1. Smith’s Rosebud Salve, $5.59, available at Drugstore.com.

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2. Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine, $12, available at Sephora.

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3. Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, $19, available at Nuxe.

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4. Fig+Yarrow Basil+Cardamom Lip Balm, $12, available at Fig+Yarrow.

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ICB’s TURTLENECK HAIR RECIPE:

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  1. Look Insouciant
  2. Chic Strands of Hair
  3. Daily Scalp Message
  4. Coconut Oil
  5. Argan Oil
  6. Confidence that you can truly ROCK the Ponytail-Lipbalm only look

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- Ana Roman

 

 

 

2014-12-11

ICB TRIBAL: The Urban Style-Tribes of NYC

NYC is an ever-changing ecosystem of trends, style mavens, and an eternal non-stop style buffet that’s on constant rotation. Looking back at street style in 2014, it’s safe to say that a strong presence of newly-sprouted NYC Style Tribes are holding down court on these bright-colored sin city streets. Whether or not you choose to outdo the trends, break the rules, or simply take a nod from them, your style choices in NYC will involuntarily fall under one of these 21st century style tribes.

THE MONOCHROMATICS

How to spot this tribe?

1. Unapologetic color

2. Angular lines

3. Uniformity in motion

4. Hide their fashion takeovers behind sunglasses

5. Red lipstick peeking through (If you’re lucky)

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Monochrome Love at ICB AW14

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THE TAILOR-MADES

How to spot this tribe?

1. Running or walking faster than everyone else on the street

2. IPhone in hand at ALL TIMES

3. Make-up fully in place, bold, with lipstick IN CHARGE

4. They take your cab before you can even think to hail one

5. NO LUNCH

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Our Own Version of the Powersuit for AW14

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THE GRAPHIC ARTISTS

How to spot this tribe?

1. You see the outfit before you see the human

2. They have the best bag in the room

3. Their shoes make you cry

4. A big smile that says “I woke up like this”

5. Office to rave without pause

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Our Future-Ready take on the Houndstooth Graphic for ICB AW14

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The Au Naturals

How to spot this tribe?

1. Baggy sweater

2. Beanie

3. All natural make up

4. They’ve taken future grunge to a level you’ll never achieve

5. That ONE pair of jeans they can’t let go of (and they won’t tell you where they got them)

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Nude Neutral Make Up spells Comfort at ICB Behind the Scenes

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The Innovators

How to spot this tribe?

1. We’re not worthy

2. They were born that way

3. Silhouette combos that go beyond Quantum Physics

4. Hidden wearable tech that won’t be available to YOU until the year 2020

5. Dyed hair color that you’ll wait to try in your next life

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Nothing Says Innovation like Uncanny Tailoring with Precision at ICB AW14

 

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THE ATHELETES

How to spot this tribe?

1. Workout ready while you’re still sleeping

2. Skin to DIE for because….bottled water in hand at ALL TIMES

3. They’ve perfected the ponytail and lipbalm only look

4. They do comfort better than your best put together look

5. ABSOLUTELY NO PIZZA

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Workout ready with ICB’s Own High-Neck Sweatshirt for AW14

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- Ana Roman

 

 

2014-12-09

'Tis the Season at ICB: Stylish Stocking Stuffers and Top Gift Guides for 2014

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Backstage Holiday Beauty for ICB AW14

It’s that time of year again where most of us have absolutely NO CLUE what to buy for that bff or boyfriend that already has EVERYTHING. Sometimes those cleaver, innovative, and whimsical gifts go beyond our scope of holiday vision. While the sugarplum fairies and snowflakes dance in our eyes (or get stuck in our mascara) we’ve decided to clear the air with our own ICB gift guide on what to buy, (and maybe possibly covet for ourselves). We hope this helps you to skip the lines plus buy more time conquering holiday gift stress!

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Making a list and checking it twice at ICB Behind the Scenes

…and speaking of Holiday Gifts, don’t forget to enter our own ICB/Fur Snood Gift Contest!

ICB’s TOP 5 UNDER $25

1. Be Home Oliver wood coasters, $22, accompanyus.com

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2. Blushface Morning Motivation mug, $16, at blushface.etsy.com

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3. Mancans, $10 each, at man-cans.com

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4. Prosper Design Studio dishtowels, $22 each, at prosperdesignstudio.com

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5. Chen Chen & Kai Williams Stone Fruit planter in horned melon, $22, at comingsoonnewyork.com

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Okay, now that we’ve moved on from gift wrapping mode, let’s hope that there’s plenty of stockings in the room to hide these holiday jewels. How can we go wrong with porcelain fortune cookies and egg roll toys for cats? Because ‘tis the season and well….CATS!!!!

ICB’S TOP 5 STOCKING STUFFERS FOR 2014

1. Kim Oaks Pottery porcelain fortune cookie, $15, colossalshop.com

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2. Set of notecards,$18, fermeapapier.com

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3. Mini treasure pot, $9 each, windandwillowhome.com

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4. Egg roll cat toy, $9.99, etsy.com

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5. Marble stud earrings, $20, leifshop.com

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Last but not least, we couldn’t ignore the Chefs, Cooks, and Foodies in all our lives. Whether or not you’re BFF/Boyfriend thinks they’re a maestro in the kitchen, these gifts definitely encourage our kitchen aspirations in 2015.

ICB’S TOP 5 CULINARY GIFT GUIDE DELIGHTS

1. Tea Tube, $12, at cb2.com

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2. Sunnyside egg shaper, $13, at perpetualkid.com

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3. Brooklyn Slate Co. table setting place cards, $24 for four, at brooklynslate.co

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4. Zoku single pop maker, $25, at williams-sonoma.com

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5. Vintage Streamline kitchen timer, $25, at kikkerland.com

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2014-12-05

ICB Mark It: Why We're Checking These Events Twice in NYC

There’s no better time than now to put your best face forward in the last month of this epic year. What’s even better? It’s just in time for our newest monthly happenings to hit ICB NEWS.

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Stepping out on the town in ICB AW14

We have the best of the best in art, music, ongoing exhibitions, and more to help every ICB Girl fine tune their appearances at the finest, most in-demand, fêtes that NYC has to offer.

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The Best of the Best out on the town in ICB threads.

There’s no excuse to stay in on the weekends anymore. Those on-going exhibitions and monthly soirees we’ve been putting off have us scrambling to get our calendars in gear. Whether you’re visiting NYC, plan to stay through January, or need an excuse to get out and show of your newest ICB threads, were’ simply giving you an excuse to GET OUT and PARTY like it’s 2015.

ICB’s TOP ONGOING EXHIBITIONS


September 27–January 4, 2015
Kimono: A Modern History
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Throughout history, the kimono has served as fashionable attire, art and a symbol of Japan. Featuring more than 50 robes, this exhibition explores the garment from the 18th century to today, depicting a range of styles, patterns and textiles. This showcase also focuses on the influence that Western dyes and machinery had over the kimono-making process.

October 21–February 1, 2015
Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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This new show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center focuses on widow fashions from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Featuring around 30 somber ensembles, the exhibition examines high fashion’s aesthetic and cultural relationship with bereavement attire. The pieces, many of which have never been exhibited before, focus on the period between 1815 and 1915, and include mourning gowns worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra. Items range from the austere to the grandiose. Expect plenty of black.

Now through March 22, 2014
Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power
The Jewish Museum

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If you’re one of the millions of women who count facial cream as a part of your daily beauty routine, you can thank Helena Rubinstein. (You can also thank her for the hefty price tag—Rubinstein promoted the notion that the higher the price tag, the more desirable the product.) Credited as one of the first to create and market beauty cream, she transformed the faces of clients in Australia and Europe using secret ingredients. Rubinstein came to New York City in 1915, setting up shop on West 49th Street; this exhibition showcases her collection of beautiful things, such as artwork by Picasso and Matisse, jewelry and fashion pieces. 

Through February 15, 2015
Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe
Brooklyn Museum

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Featuring over 160 pairs of designer heels—some dating as far back as the 16th century—this exhibition explores the evolution of feminine footwear. View stunning modern examples by the likes of Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. Highlights include Marilyn Monroe’s Salvatore Ferragamo stilettos; an 8-inch-high black leather platform bootie designed by Rem D. Koolhaas for Lady Gaga; silk, metal and glass heels made by Roger Vivier for House of Dior; and an absurd collaboration between Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dalí, the result of which is actually a headpiece. Six short films inspired by high heels accompany the show.

ICB’s TOP ART PICKS FOR DECEMBER

James Hoff: Skywiper at Callicoon Fine Arts Now until 12/21

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This year ICB was highly inspired by GLITCH art and it’s no suprise this caught our eye! Hoff’s abstract photos are created by introducing a computer virus or worm into a digital file, thus creating corrupted images resembling brightly chromatic blurs, streaks and bands. The show title refers to one of two programs used, the other being Stuxnet, an industrial-grade worm largely credited with sabotaging Iran’s nuclear weapons effort.

Brazilian Street Art at Porter Contemporary  Now until 12/21

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The exhibition will include the New York debut of works from Nick Alive, Branco, Gen Duarte, Tikka and Vermelho whose combined works bring the color and urban influences of Brazil to Brooklyn. The title of the show is a play on words. While the word “legal” actually means “cool” in Portuguese, there is a further meaning to this exhibition. Brazil has continuously led the street art movement and gained international attention during this year’s World Cup festivities.

Linus Bill and Adrien Horni installation at Printed Matter  Now Until January 10, 2015

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Printed Matter is pleased to present an installation by Swiss artists Linus Bill and Adrien Horni. The exhibition will feature a survey of their collaborative publications, as well as a newly-created wall piece.  Stemming from their desire to challenge the perceived hierarchy of artistic mediums, their practice includes an active publishing element as well as sculptures and paintings that are often mutually-derived.

Chris Ofili: Through Night and Day at The New Museum Now until January 25, 2015

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Over the past two decades, Ofili’s practice has become identified with vibrant and meticulously executed artworks that meld figuration, abstraction, and decoration. The artist’s diverse oeuvre has taken imagery and inspiration from such disparate, history-spanning sources as the Bible, hip-hop music, Zimbabwean cave paintings, Blaxploitation films, and the works of William Blake. The exhibition features over thirty of Ofili’s major paintings, a vast quantity of drawings, and a selection of sculptures from over the course of his career.

 ICB’s TOP NIGHTLIFE PICKS FOR DECEMBER

Escort Service Happy Hour at Bossa Nova Civic Club 12/19

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It maybe far out there, but this is a happy hour “mini-rave” hosted at what NY TIMES calls as one of the best “laser-dashed dance floors” in NYC. You’ll definitely want to make the trek to this spot right after work. This twice-a- month Happy Hour in the heart of Bushwick will offers up ambient, minimal techno, dark wave, lush, tropical beats to get your weekend started out just in time for FRI-YAY.

SUBVERSION Party at VERBOTEN 12/19 (Once a Month) 

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Once a Month Matthew Dear (aka Audion) brings together the best of the best DJ’s and Producers to bring NYC this sublime and surreal monthly party. Beware: you may get addicted to the top shelf music and decadent decor!

CALL TO DRUM FRIDAY’S AT BEMBE Once a Week in December

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Feel the beat of the live percussion along side a weekly Dj rotation of Dj Stefande, The Cumba Mela Crew, Dj Funkenstein, and Dj Petra as they spin another priceless night with lot’s of new & old Brazilian rare grooves, Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue, Arabic tunes, Reggae and Afro-beat. - Ana Roman

 

 

 

 

 

2014-12-05

ICB GETS SOCIAL: Make or Break the Internet Influencers and Rising Stars

This month we’ve been keeping our ears and eyes, plus fashion antennae up and open with those undeniably innovative NYC influencers who break the internet. What’s the criteria for breaking the internet over at ICB? It’s not just followers, or how many outfits we all covet…it’s about lifestyle, talent, smooth sailing between multiple careers, and skills, skills, skills.

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Skills, Skills, Skills, Sneak Peek over at ICB SS15

After all, we envision all ICB girls to one day break the internet, ambitiously innovate with her talents, and go where no 21st Century global gal has gone before.

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Moving On Up: Devil in the Details over at ICB AW14

Arabelle Sicardi Twitter: @arabellesicardi Instagram: @arabellesicardi

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Before she became Buzzfeed’s newly appointed Beauty editor right out of college, Arabelle Sicardi reigned as Tumblr’s fashion philosopher and all-knowing beauty oracle. Her blog tagline “slightly frumpy, somewhat feminist” re-purposed from the New Yorker’s description of Prada), is a collage of Drake GIFs, endless questions from young girls from the Rookie

Leslie Kirchoff  twitter @lesliekirch instagram @lesliekirch

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The 23-year-old Leslie Kirchhoff is a freelance photographer and DJ. After getting an internship at Vogue, she continued to share her portfolio with her bosses in an effort to break into photography until she finally got her shot. Now, Leslie has worked with Vogue.com, Teen Vogue’s Fashion At Work print series and celebs. She’s making moves and grooves that are certainly keen to catch our eyes very soon. 

 Alexandra Spencer twitter: @4thandBleeker instagram: @4thandbleeker

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While not busy being a stylist to major editorial spreads, celebrities, and during Paris Fashion Week, Ms. Spencer is holding down her role as Editrix of 4th and Bleeker, plus jugging a fruitful career as a Model & Photographer. Did she just up the game for us here in NYC? Yes, we believe she did.

Francisco Marin Twitter: @frankie_marin Instagram: @frankie_marin

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This fashion photographer lives on the Lower East Side and mostly shoots portraits of cool girls with great hair, cool prowess we could only DREAM of obtaining. He shoots the best of the best of NYC Nightlife, for THE LINE (who doesn’t live their interior designer fantasies on this site) oh, and he’s only 24 year’s old.

 Justin Livingston Scout Sixteen Twitter: @justinliv Instagram: @justinliv

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The New York-based Livingston mixes #menswear pursuits with serious thoughts on cool interiors. His passionate, mindful, and sincere words have hooked thousands of followers already, along with his priceless and highly composed photographs of New York City’s finest aspirational apartments and enclaves.

Joshua Woods Joshua Woods Twitter: @Joshua__Woods Instagram: @joshuawoods

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Follow the Harlem-based photographer for an interesting mix of lifestyle and fashion photos. He has an uncanny ability to show up when least expected, snap Anna Wintour, and steal away the most sought after behind the scenes of NYC Fashion Week. Clients like Details Magazing and Creem Magazine (to name a few) call on his innovative editorial skills. 

Justin Amoafo twitter: @justinamoafo instagram: @justinamoafo

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Megan Amram Twitter: @MeganAmram instagram @MeganAmram

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An unlikely candidate but one we can’t ignore. Let’s just put it this way, Amram is breaking the internet as one of the first known comedians responsible for entrancing Twitter’s cult-comedy segment with her gloriously dark tweets, some of which double as subtle feminist commentary, fashion mishaps, and well…how to just make it in NYCA writer for Parks and Recreation, she’s now conquering the book world with her satirical text book Science… For Her.

2014-12-01

ICB SHADE: Nude vs. Technicolor for Fall's Best Shadows

It’s not about receiving SHADE. It’s about giving SHADE. Whether it’s in the nude, buff, fall bronze, or in bold hyper color technicolor, we’re getting away from the lip heavy laws of fall and heading UP UP UP towards the windows of the soul.

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Imbued with Nude at ICB AW14

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Inner Metallic Shades at ICB AW14

Eyes speak for themselves. As any fashionista, it-girl, or make-up artist will tell you, the right eye shadow is as critical as any handbag/shoe combo that creates a well finished style or look.

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Your outfit is just not complete without the right shoe or bag and neither is your face without at least a hint of color. 

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Whether it’s applied with your finger or brush (a subject currently up for much debate) shadows and shades make a bold and futuristic personal style statement that compliments even a simple monochromatic outfit.

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Peace out to Technicolor eyes and Nude Lips

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White Hot Fall paired with Orchid Eyes

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Here’s our Top 10 Nude and Technicolor Shade Combos for Winter into Fall

IN THE NUDE:

1. Eye Shadow Quartet Ombre Minerale Palette by Clarins
 

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Nude, beige and brown, Clarins must-have Fall/Winter 2014 colors. With subtle tones designed to compliment all different eye colors, it’s the go-to palette for the season ahead. 

2. Smokey Nudes Palette by Bobby Brown

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Renowned for their make-up palettes, Bobby Brown offer a limited edition eye-shadow set with eight subtle shades in a variety of different textures including matte, creamy, metallic and iridescent for modulating finishes with panache.

3. Ecrin 4 Couleurs by Guerlain

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With their palette of the season, Guerlain offer a monochrome, smoky eye effect, adding new shades of pink, grey and chocolate to its permanent collection. Blend together, overlap or simply where each one as a block color for an on-trend look this Fall.

4. And God Created The Woman Palette by NARS

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NARS has given us  palette of six, sparkling eye shadows ranging from beige to deep brown with a mini applicator brush and a base coat to apply to the eyelid for a flawless look. Housed in a neat, compact case perfect for slipping into your pocket or handbag for pristine eye make-up on the go.

5. Colorful Palette by Sephora

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A favorite every year amongst fans of the brand, the Sephora Colorful palettes return this winter with 8 on-trend color combinations. From the mysterious allure of Uptown to downtown smoky, to the blue tones of Morning to midnight blue and the intensity of Fly to intense purple it’s the camouflage shades of Mild to Wild khaki which really stand out this Fall

IN TECHNICOLOR

1. Extravagancia Palette by Givenchy

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2. Couture Palette Collector Fetiche by Yves Saint Laurent

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Leave it up to Yves Saint Laurent to house these shdows in a biker style, leather case this palette comes with five muted tones of eye shadow, an amazon green, silky brown, intense matte black, pearly camel and a burnt gold. Combine them all for an added dramatic effect.

3. Hypnose Palette Smoky Intense

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This Lancome palette boasts a camouflage style, inspired by the two semi-precious stones malachite and amethyst.  Try applying a dash of bold black liner to emphasize the chic khaki-violet color combination.

4. Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Palette

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Estee Lauder’s Five superluxe shadows in a powder so plush, it feels creamy. Each shade palette is anchored in neutrality. Nuances of tone and texture add elements of the unexpected. Apply wet or dry.

5. MAC’s Trend Forecast Palette for Fall 2014

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MAC presents AW14’s most talked about shades of Cream Colour Shadow, from pearlescent hunter green to denim blue, including Storm Cloud, Organic, Toasted Chestnut, Tortoise, Azure Haze and Gray Matter. Medium coverage, goes on smoothly and richly.

2014-11-25

Google Glass & Fashion Tech Polymaths: ICB's 5 Hyper-Cyber Apps for the Future

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From NYC to London, Paris to Palo Alto (yes, we said that right) our personal style, fashion choices, and uber-tech have deeply embedded themselves into our daily decisions on what to pull from our  closets. Technology is queen when it comes to our culture at large. While we’re tinkering on the newest prints and shapes for ICB the Palo Alto garage on the West Coast is getting ready to invade our day to day perceptions.

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ICB’s Runway Face of the Future at AW14

Speaking of perceptions, did you know that companies like Apple and Intel are building out entire teams dedicated to fashion and style? At ICB we’re part of this new wave by utter default. And we’re happy to take the helm.

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From ICB’s Tech Tradition Inspiration Board

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Tech has always been proud of it’s status as being geeky, no fuss, and utterly opposed to any conversations in fashion. Well, not anymore!

At ICB we know that there’s fine line between new tech and new ‘of-the-moment’ trends and gimmicks. In fashion, what wins are timeless classics, which are never old fashioned. And that goes the same for technology.

In a world that seems to embrace tech at the blink of an eye, leave it to fashion to get Intel, Apple, and Google to HALT and reconsider it’s approach. WE APPROVE.

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 Future Ultramarine for ICB AW14

Some naysayers say that the current buzz around Google Glass proves it to be futile…well, we disagree. Wearable tech, the FitBit Flex, Nike’s FuelBand, and Apple are fully embracing the future of a fashion take over- with respect to all ICB girls everywhere.

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ICB’s own Glitch Print Dress available at Les Nouvelles.

How? We’ve got the best of the best for our Google Glass champions and fashion tech polymaths.

ICB’s Own 5 Fashion APPS for Iphone, Ipad, and GOOGLE GLASS Forecast:

1. GLASHION - Imagine you just passed by somebody wearing the midi skirt you never thought of trying and looking gorgeously put together while at it. The device will search for the item you liked as well as for similar ones giving you the opportunity to get the look for less if possible.

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CuteCircuit was the first fashion company to put LEDs on the red carpet in couture clothing

2. SHOPSTYLE - users take a photo of an outfit and ShopStyle is quick to let you know of not only similar products online but also the brick and mortar locations where you can get it. WARNING: ShopStyle will analyse eye dilation, something that happens when a person is interested in an item - OKAY, that’s kind of amazing.

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A futuristic iphone concept from Cult of Mac.

3. STYLEZAPPER- uses the gyroscope installed in Google Glass to point a crosshair as the wearer moves her head and “fires” with a tap on the side-pad. This is then implemented in a shop like interface where you look at a wall and through minimal head movements you can point at an item and “fire” to buy it.

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Are we ready for an iBangle?

4. INSIGHT - the “fashion fingerprint” app that takes advantage of the user’s constant wear of Google Glass during the day. Sponsored by Google themselves, this app is researching how clothes and patterns can be registered by the device and used later to help wearers identify people in crowded areas .

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Bluetooth enabled footwear of the future

5. FANCY - Unlike other shopping apps, the Fancy front page features high-end items retailing for prices with lots of numbers. All this is done through a finely tuned interface that matches the fashion credit of the developers with Google Glass’s unique skills.

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- Ana Roman

2014-11-22

ICB’s Monthly Music Round Up: Top 8 Music Artists for November

Music is as important an accessory as any piece of jewelry ever could be. And it’s because music lights the soul on fire, sending goose bumps to skin and confidence to  footsteps.  It’s the reason we can dance away our pain, shake out our anxieties, and celebrate the world the way it should be celebrated.

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Behind the Scenes Jams at ICB AW14

Every ICB girl knows that the soundtrack she wakes up to is going to set the mood for the rest of her day. There are always new artists creating the perfect kind of sound, and sometimes it can be difficult to comprise the perfect list to get you grooving for the rest of your day. Have no fear. The people at ICB have compiled our master list of the Top 8 Music Artists to set your soul on fire this November: 

1. Seinabo

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Seinabo Sey—pronounced say-na-bo seeis the newest Swedish POP Powerhouse to hit our earwaves. At age 15, she struck out on her own and moved back to Stockholm to start music school. Artists like Erykah Badu and Destiny’s Child fueled her imagination, but she also gives props to CeeLo Green for his songwriting style. 

2. Jessie Ware

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Disco has a new sleek, modern, queen. Ware’s musical vision revolves around genuine curation (Madonna, and Kylie Minogue to name a few) and experimentation when it comes to sounds that don’t appear as often in today’s pop music landscape. “So You Think You Can Dance” is one of the choicest cuts we’ve seen this year.

3. Haim

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Days Are Gone is the newest from these painfully stylish sisters from L.A. Their lush melodies aren’t a difficult taste to acquire; Haim have deliberately built highly polished modern-rock songs that directly reference female-fronted pop icons like Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Shania Twain.

4. Yung Lean

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Hip Hop’s newest millennial poet drives our cold walks home with determination. With the release of Unknown Memory, his genuine qualities have begun to make themselves more apparent. It’s strange that the enigma we almost all deemed a bizarre internet curiosity is now selling out shows in New York and London. It’s becoming clear that there’s a lot more to Yung Lean than many people initially thought.

5. Brenmar

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Brenmar joins his Fool’s Gold Alumni (Chromeo & Kid Cudi) in bringing the world just the kind of heart thumping R&B and Hip Hop ICB girls in NYC get dressed for.

6. Teyana Taylor

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She hopes to change that with her debut album, VII, out now via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam. The record makes few concessions to mainstream radio demands: it’s a uniformly velvet collection of sex jams that wears its ‘90s worship on its sleeve, a first album that already recalls mid-career Janet Jackson. It’s also passionately co-signed by Kanye West.

7. Drake

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Hip Hop’s scrappy, resourceful, and uber-talented Drake nonchalantly dropped his latest “How About Now” C-Sides the night after his 28th birthday. Remember Jodeci? Early 90’s hip hop? Crooners and ballads? This will fill your aching void for soulful, all-heart rhymes. Nights home alone? Nothing Was the Same with the soul and baroque flourishes of Take Care will solve the problem.

8. Dev Hynes

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Apparently if you ever run into Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), you should ask him for a cassette. The Blood Orange mastermind posted to Tumblr this month to reflect on the one-year anniversary of Cupid Deluxe. Touted as the latest artist to save pop music, if you haven’t heard this album you’re happy hours, pre-clubbing moments, and fall romances will never be the same. 

And now we leave you with the sleek, styled, and heart felt tough love from Jesse Ware.

2014-11-20

ICB Aspirational: Women Who Aspire, Tackling Style

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❝When it comes to Louboutins, most women purchase heels as their first pair, but I got the sneakers instead.❞ - Aleali May

This isn’t a list of muses. This isn’t a list of must-haves, what’s in our playlist, and where our trends our going. This is a special edition of ICB that tackles aspirations.

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J.Lo spotted in a SS14 ICB piece. Visit ICB Press.

Lately, we’ve been seeing our future styles, shapes, silhouettes, and prints reach to lofty heights of ambitious manifestation. But is ambitious the right word?

 One thing we know for certain is that our fashion aspirations have been embedded into our early fashion memories for some time. Icon Brands, as they were called in the last century inspired women to go further. These ‘icon brands’ are Cartier, Bulgari, Tiffany, Dior, Gucci, that were driven towards success. But now ICB girls everywhere are facing other definitions of success.

Aspirations Then:

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1950’s Aspirational: Sofia Loren in Bulgari

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The Duchess of Windsor’s highly coveted Flamingo Cartier Brooch

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Marianne Faithfull in Top to Bottom GUCCI

What was once considered aspirational in the last century is now being re-defined as we speak. “Icon Brands” follow aspirational changes in fashion, but now, ICB girls are seeing their aspirations beyond changes in fashion.

It’s LIFESTYLE choices, dreams, and actions that are considered aspirational. Not labels, objects, or money.

ICB Aspirational is:

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Modern comfort with modular transitionals.

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With undone clean beauty and daring.

It’s modern aspirational. It’s daring to dream of the qualities in life we think are out of reach….but they are most certainly not. Your thoughts, dreams, desires, and actions create your reality. And at ICB we believe that personal style creates reality too.

When we think of modern 21st century women who aspire we think of Quentin Jones, Aleali May, Caroline de Margaret, and Cleo Wade to name a few.  At ICB our aspirational lifestyle is re-thinking, ambition translated as confidence, with determined resourcefulness.

ASPIRATIONAL NOW:

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Fashion Illustrator, Model, and Video Artist Quentin Jones as featured in the NY TIMES. 

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Aleali May: Stylist, blogger, and model as featured in Hypebeast.

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Artist and Stylist Cleo Wade as featured in Into the Gloss

At ICB we know that aspirational dressing doesn’t have to mean out of reach- it’s just within reach of your dreams. Always.

 

 

 

2014-11-19

ICB Style Watch Part 2: ICB'S Timeless Classics for Fall

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Two Timeless Classics at ICB NYC: Our version of the Power Suit and classic Leather Pants for AW14

This month we are playing hard to get with our style ruts, and diving in with fall timeless classics. Leather pants and shearling coats aside, we’ve got your November fully functional style trends and everything else we’re loving over at ICB covered.  We never miss a beat….but if we do, we’ll make sure to catch up!

OUR FIVE TIMELESS CLASSICS FOR FALL

  1. Leather Pants
  2. Cool Sweatshirts
  3. Power Suits
  4. Shearling Coats
  5. Mini Skirts

1. LEATHER PANTS

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2. COOL SWEATSHIRTS

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As seen in ICB’s Style Watch

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ICB’s Version of the relaxed classic

3. POWER SUITS

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4. SHEARLING COATS

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As seen on the street

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ICB’s own Shearling Coat for AW14

5. MINI-SKIRTS

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2014-11-18

ICB's November Style Watch Part 1: Forecasts and Trends

November is one step closer to the winter holidays, and one step closer to being fully bundled. We’re skipping along pavements colored with wet leaves in our new leather boots, booties, and high heels, hoping that we’re in ship shape with the rest of our accessories. Our newest for Fall 2014 is in full throttle-there’s simply no turning back now. Any inklings of spring, summer, and our lingering tans have since vanished….and happily!

OUR FIVE FORECASTS IN FULL FORCE FOR FALL 2014

  1. The Knit Wits
  2. Tartan & Plaid
  3. Digital Prints
  4. Return of the MODS
  5. Robe Coats

1. THE KNIT WITS

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2. TARTAN & PLAID

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As seen on the Street

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From Runway to Street: ICB’s version from AW14

3. REVAMPED ORIGINALS: DIGITAL & GRAPHIC PRINTSimage

ICB’s Own Digital Houndstooth for AW14

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As seen on the street

4. RETURN OF THE MODS

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5. ROBE COATS

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As seen in ICB’s Style Watch

TRENDS AND LOOKS WE COVET AT ICB

  1. Metallic Touched Make Up
  2. The Single Earring
  3. Hand Bracelets
  4. Statement Cuffs
  5. Tribal Collars

1. THE SINGLE EARRING

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2. NATURAL METALLIC TOUCHED MAKE-UP AND NAILS

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3. HAND BRACELETS

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4. STATEMENT CUFFS

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5. TRIBAL COLLARS

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2014-11-15

ICB Asks: Phone Camera or Mirror?

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Behind-the-Scenes ICB AW 14

As 2014 comes to an end, phones have evidently taken the place of compact mirrors. We’ve seen girls staring at their phones, ruffling their hair, fixing their lipstick. We’ve all seen it. We’ve all done it. The invention of the front facing camera became a cultural phenomenon when it premiered in September of 2011, and now it’s doing much more than allowing us to take selfies. 

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How did we get this Beautiful? Visit ICB Behind the Scenes

Now, there are apps that literally transform your camera into a mirror, ones that apply your makeup before you do, and even ones that completely change your hair

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Time Lapse Beauty for ICB AW14

Technology has taken the old fashioned compact mirror and vamped it up, attempting to fit every single thing we need in to one app. But whatever happened to less is more? Wouldn’t a compact mirror just save us all the trouble?

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We went from doing this:

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To this:

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And they’re both doing the exact same job. Having a phone as a mirror definitely cuts down on things stuck in your purse or pocket, but we can’t help but miss the idea of carrying a compact. Why are we using our phones? Is it because it saves us the embarrassment of holding up a mirror and expressing to the world that we’re looking at ourselves?

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Since when did vanity become so taboo?

Society sometimes pressures us to be a certain way, act a certain way, live a certain way. So when we walk outside donning our favorite pair of lipstick or rocking a winged eyeliner that could fly us all the way to work, we feel confident. We feel strong. However, for whatever reason, we find ourselves relapsing. That’s when we pull out our phones, or pull out our mirrors, and check our reflections in subway windows. 

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Why does that happen? That’s not an answer we can give you. But it does happen. We hope it’s comforting to know, though, that once you see your reflection you can see just how beautiful you really are. 

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Whether you’ve got winged eyeliner or perfect hair or none of that at all, when you see yourself in your phone or your mirror or whatever you prefer, you’re seeing you. Beautiful, lovely, you. 

And that’s what being an ICB girl is all about. 

2014-11-06

ICB's Fresh Faced: To Make Up or Not, The Power of Choice

To Wear or Not to Wear? Is it about the power of choice? Is it about our lifestyles? Is it that we are so busy on the information superhighway that we can’t even bother ourselves to reapply lip-gloss?

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Backstage at ICB AW14

At ICB we can’t help notice that girls on and off the runway have been sporting a leaner, meaner, and more confident no-make up look that’s emerging as the gold standard….wait…maybe nude!

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Backstage and Fresh Faced at ICB AW14

In the last few months the rise and fall of Beyoncé and Gwyneth’s #nomakeup selfies have proudly led armies of women into unknown barefaced territories. But, because we’re not cattle and can clearly think for ourselves, we don’t need celebrities to make decisions for us on factors of to make or NOT to make.

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Gwyneth’s Sip of Natural

“There’s a movement towards less-is-more,” said Emily Weiss, founder and creative director of IntoTheGloss.com in a NY Times Article earlier this year. “Today’s there’s an ease to dressing that’s crossing over into beauty. A sort of breathability.”

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Beyonce’s Breathless Take

Let’s look at the numbers. Even though cosmetic sales are rising, a survey conducted by StumbleUpon in 2013 found that most women between the ages of 18 and 25—67 percent—use fewer than three products in their hair and beauty routines. Only 20 percent use four to seven products, and a tiny 3 percent use more than 12. Fresh-faced looks are even stronger for women over 25, 72 percent of whom limit their makeup use to zero to three products.

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Backstage at ICB AW14

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Best Face Forward at ICB AW14

What could be the reason for all this? Is it pragmatism? Feminism? Well, let’s just keep this simple. Who doesn’t love that nod to the 90’s fresh-faced look? 

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Diane Kendal Creates

Let’s turn to a revolutionary make up artist for answers; Diane Kendal. This New York-based make up artist is the queen of creating muted runway looks for some of New York’s most renowned fashion designers.

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Confident Nude Creation by Diane Kendal

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Muted Shade by Diane Kendal

All in all, we love her grown up and confident fresh faced look that adds to modernity and modularity that ICB girls everywhere can incorporate into their own personal style repertoires.

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Ready Made at ICB AW14

Here’s a tip when facing the bare all essentials: It’s not all or nothing. Think DYNAMICS. Less is more,  even if you decide to brush on one coat of lipstick, shade your eyebrows, and add a slight blush to your cheeks. It’s your own mindset, day to day, and cheek to cheek. There’s no right or wrong answers, but there’s always the freedom of choice; a quality fully endorsed by all of us at ICB.

2014-11-04

ICB’s Power Dressing: The Evolution of The Power Suit

“I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, give them confidence,” -Yves Saint Laurent, Inventor of the ‘Le Smoking’ Suit

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Confidence. Power. Elegance. Aspiration. All qualities that 21st century women achieve to obtain. These are timeless qualities that can be influenced by our times, squandered by injustices, or pushed forward by innovation. Innovation is what gives freedom of choice and personal style.

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Innovation can only go so far without power. Enter ICB’s newest take on power suits. New fits, new takes, and a new mood for a new season. Power plus suits; It begs the question, do power suits make women more powerful? You do the math.

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 1920: Chanel Liberates Women

The original power suit did not involve shoulder pads, polyester, or prints. Think knitted wool cardigans paired with a matching skirts. It became known as the Chanel suit. The suit was usually accessorized with a long string of pearls and was called the “woman’s new uniform.” Timeless personified.

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Early Versions of Chanel Suits

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 Marlene Dietrich in Chanel’s Finest

1931: Enter Rochas

This house introduced the 20th century’s first take on wide-shouldered suits for women. And speaking of innovation, Rochas went on the record as saying that his new silhouettes were based on costumes worn by Balinese Dancers.

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1942: Enter Kate the Great

No, kids. It’s NOT Kate Moss. It’s Katherine Hepburn. Yes, she revolutionized the way we see women in power suits way before photos of Bianca Jagger and everyone else started doing it. Have you seen “Woman of the Year yet? It’s power suits at their most slouchiest, tomboyish, and well ultra-feminine.

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1960-70’s: Le Smoking…HOT

Yves Saint Laurent drops the world a bomb. It was this year that Yves Saint Laurent introduces le smoking, the “first male-inspired couture evening suit with pants for women.”  It wasn’t very appropriate for the office, but we can’t ignore this vital step in the history of female power suits. Can you blame us?

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Bianca Jagger looking Le Smoking

1980’s: Enter POWER DRESSING

Here is the pinnacle, the impetus, and a huge step in the evolution of the Power Suit. This maybe our favorite point in power suit dressing that called upon the talents (and still today) of Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani. Donna Karan and other designs started producing “softer suits” which often paired the power blazer with a skirt instead of pants.

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Super Gia Carangi in Armani’s Finest, 1981

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1990’s: Power Gets Soft

As it should. With the ins and outs of economic highs and lows the power suit saw the 80’s become fatigued with the ‘bigger is better’ mentality. Lines got softer and femininity and masculinity became an equalizer. To illustrate, working women began pairing lacy camisoles and floral silks with pant and skirt suits. Casual Fridays introduced into offices also heralded the end of overtly power suiting into work.

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 2012: The Power Suit Taboo (Or Death of the Power Suit)image

According to The Wall Street Journal, the old-fashioned power suit look for professional women is over. But is it? Maybe it just needed a do-over, make over, or, as we can clearly see at ICB innovation.

 We know that women in top positions who determine what is an appropriate look for the office can do that in many ways, whether it’s a skirt, shift dress, or power suit. Shifts in what is considered appropriate for women in the workplace have moved away from women trying to fit into the stiff, male-influenced power suit. BUT, women still want the option of having that one power suit in their closets. That’s where we come in.

2014: THE FUTURE OF POWER DRESSING

Fashionable, feminine, with twinges of personal style. It’s no longer about taboos. It’s no longer about dressing like a man, or being tomboyish, or being “different.” It’s about innovation, identity, and individualism. At ICB we’ve made the future of power dressing that much more comfortable, timeless, and seamless. Even though women no longer need an Armani to get to the top, or they may not need fierce lines or overtones, what matters is that ICB girls everywhere have customizable options for their power dressing.

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All suits from the AW14 ICB Lookbook

-Ana Roman

2014-10-30

ICB’s World Beat: Fall's 2014 London and Paris Style to Street

We know we’re New Yorkers at heart, but we can’t help but look to other corners of the world for our style cues and inspirations. Why look at the world through blinders when we can look at the world through rose-tinted lenses (or maybe our Prada sunglasses)?image

From the ICB AW14 Lookbook

It’s hard not to notice the tartan prints, coats, fabrics, including all the uncanny cuts we love in our Fall 2014 collection that reign supreme on the autumn streets of London and Paris.

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Coats, Knits, Powersuits, and Skirts for Fall 2014 at ICB

Even though we’re  peering over the pond, we’re still right on point with our own looks. I think it’s safe to say, we’ve taken the best of both London and Paris worlds and incorporated them into our own uncanny ICB style.

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Tartan Style Spied in London

And speaking of uncanny style, this week we’ve taken a fall jaunt to the streets of London and Paris were the risk-taking off the runways is clearly evident, the prints are zanier, and the silhouettes are more sartorial. Ideas run the gamut in fashion over trends, but individual style reigns supreme.

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We’ve also looked above and beyond just the designers and “trends”. It’s the streets of these two timeless megalopolis meccas that help us gain an inner view of what to mix and match on the other side of the pond.

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Shades of Green and Elegance spied in Paris

And without further ado, welcome to London and Paris kids. Take your cues here.

LONDON GIRLS IN THEIR FINEST HOURS:

We’re full-on drawn, inspired, and in awe of London’s cape crusaders, merry printsters, and risk taking zaniness! The shape, textures and variety of coats, scarves, hats, and accessorizing have us wanting to jump into a neverland of palettes, colors, and well…just breaking the rules and upping our games.

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THE PARIS MATCH:

We thought we outmatched the world in wearing black in NYC, but we were proven wrong. Leather weather, finery, drapery, cinched lines on the street, chignons placed neatly on top of heads, polished pouts, and elegance personified. We can’t help but take a cue from these effortlessly chic, unperturbed by the rain, humans of Paris…

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So, you might be asking your beautiful selves, where’s ICB off to next? All we can say is, Spring Preview, anyone? - Ana Roman

2014-10-28

ICB's Knit Experiments

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From the ICB AW14 LOOKBOOK: Charcoal Mix Plaid Angora Cap Sleeve Sweater. Available now at SHOPBOP

October is bubbling over goblets of merlot, going to sleep earlier (if we’re lucky) and remembering the time we had just about every knit in every color our grandmothers could fathom. Welcome home sweater weather! We’re mad as plaid in our own Angora-knits to be embracing the chill. What better way to cope with the in between 50-60 degree conundrums we face every fall in fashion. A leather coat might get to caustic. A peacoat? Meh, too easy. Scarves? That goes without saying.

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From ICB Behind the Scenes: Charcoal Angora overcoat with Charcoal Mix Plaid Angora Turtle Neck sweater. Available now at SHOPBOP.

But layering with knits? Pairing them with different lengths, the right shades, and playing with knit silhouettes? We say yes to these experiments.

At ICB we’ve spied the best knit experiments for 2014. Right now we’re inspired by knits piled on top of one another, innovative knit layers, and daring knit silhouettes. Seeing as we survived last fall and winter, we’re thinking the bigger the better! Let’s do a quick run down of how to construct these experiments.

Knits at Hermès: CAREER STITCHING

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It doesn’t have to be too relaxed. Arrive at work ready to go, willing, and layered for in and out coffee breaks, punctuated by after-work drinks. Who says knits are for weekends only?

Knits at Calvin Klein: GET THE BALANCE RIGHT

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Layred, on top of jeans, over skirts, colors complimenting other colors. Don’t be afraid to puzzle piece your looks with different lengths and tribal knit textures.

Knits at Missoni: IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE SLOUCHY

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Fitted knit skirts, tunic-knit shirts, and body-con forms help us further understand our capabilities in experimenting with full-on knitwear. Remember ladies, it doesn’t all have to be about the slouch.

Knits at EDUN: FORMALIZED

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Trainers paired with knitted-slouch pants, fitted flowy tunics, and monochromatic stitches for the best in show evening into weekend wear. Just take one part boyfriend sweater, two parts sheer elegance, layered over a pair of textured pants and all hail the formal knit experiment.

Knits at ICB: INVEST IN VESTS

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From the ICB AW14 LOOKBOOK: Our very own Ivory Boiled Wool Sweater Vest

And last but not least, the knit vest. Whether or not you covet a fitted ensemble, weekend slouch, or slinky warmth, pair it with our very own vest for maximum details and a final say on the warmest statement piece this season.- Ana Roman

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