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2014-10-23

Skirting the Issue: Rest the Skinnies for Mini's this Fall

The affinity for the miniskirt is in full bloom. We can’t deny it. Sometimes you just have to put the skinnies away and upcycle the mini.

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And what’s better? The combinations are seamless and infinite.Woven, asymmetric, fringe-trimmed, and at ICB, angular and uncanny.

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From the ICB AW14 LOOKBOOK

But what about that comparatively little amount of fabric? It does make a difference. The RIGHT difference. Is in inappropriate or appropriate? What century are we in? A century where there are no definitions.

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Everyone should know that that pairing a skirt with the right sweet sweater, serious jacket, or tailored shirt can take your skirt beyond appropriate. It hits JUST right. At ICB we’ve paired our mini’s with the perfect amount of cozy coats and tailored jackets.

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From the ICB AW14 LOOKBOOK

Many women right now are trying on their first miniskirts since high school. Even the ones that have torrid love affairs with their skinny jeans. Look, it’s time to move up. Give ‘em some space. Trust us. It’s been worth the wait and it’ll be worth the trouble.

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We’re no stranger to the mini phenomenon. Right into the millennium we’ve seen the uprising of the Mary Quant Miniskirt and it’s incarnations since then. Here’s a brief overview:

The Sixties Mary Quant Creation:

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Charlotte Rampling in a Mary Quant Creation

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YouthQuaker Peggy Moffitt in a Mary Quant Creation

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Mary Quant at Work

When a young upstart British designer named Mary Quant opened her boutique Bazaar in 1955 on King’s Road (a mod and rocker hangout), she was poised to spearhead a fashion revolution. Without any real training in fashion, but with a finger on the pulse of everyday fashion of the street,

The Punk Revival Miniskirt (Late 1970’s)

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Debbie Harry (Blondie) who were fond of wearing miniskirts on stage. The punks were motivated by anti-fashion and tried to avoid mainstream trends, which were considered bourgeois, bland, and over-indulgent. BUT, our friend Debbie occasionally traded in her skinnies for mini’s. 

 The Corporate Miniskirt (1980s-90’s)

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The 1980s and early 1990s heralded a return to a more womanly figure in contrast to the adolescent androgyny of the 1960s.

 AND NOW

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Simple. Seamless Refined. Timeless. All the ingredients we need to make it ICB.- Ana Roman

2014-10-20

ICB's Beyond Time Preview for Spring

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Spring 2015 is all about the ICB girl living in constancy of motion, ever-changing, and consistently evolving into an effortless and seamless time in her day to day living.

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Ensembles were finished with off the body flow, championing unrestricted movement, and embellished with new metallic textiles that create techno-style oscillating dances around the body.

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This spring ICB girls everywhere are ready, willing, and over-qualified to bring in 2015 with the most innovative silhouettes, fabrics, and time-travel future forward pieces created this year.

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Tweed innovations, melting metallics, hyper-electric fringes, with muted make up by MAC, nails by Butter London and seamless hair by Ren  Furterer created a futuristic ‘undone’ look that travels effortlessly in and out of day-to-evening, perfect for in demand season-less and timeless scales for your closet and forever more.

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NO FUSS HAIR BY RENE FURTERER

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ICB SS15 NAILS BY BUTTER LONDON

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Peach Coral Blasts for ICB SS15

All in all, the pieces in ICB’s SS15 collection will make 2015 an iconic year to remember for ICB, and for many other ICB girls to women ready to make leaps, bounds, and strides into their innovative futures.

2014-10-16

Looks of Music Sounds of Fashion: ICB's Top 10 Music Round-Up

Fall is beat-thumping heart-pumping crisp air calling for all sorts of house party club going amazement. What’s the clothing palette for these leaf-peeping occasions? Electric blue with monochrome quicksilver greys call for a change up of mindset, motivation, and pure innovation.

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From ICB’s AW14 Lookbook

That means we’re into full fall overdrive. It’s time for fitted jackets, hands in pockets, and ear-budding headphone action more than ever.  At ICB we’re making it on the regular to get more pep into your step by giving our “listeners” a monthly music round up.

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From ICB’s AW14 Lookbook

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From ICB’s AW14 Lookbook

We’re not just about lipsticks, perfume, and bags. We’re about soundtracks for an ICB Girl’s lifestyle. Turned Up, turned down, or chill…however you like it, we’ve got some great ear candy for the month of October.

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Here’s our top 10 Monthly Playlist

1. PERFUME GENIUS- Too Bright

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The third release from the enigmatic Perfume Genius. It’s glittered with transcendent brilliance, gilded shadows do not hide the empowered dramatic turn of Perfume Genius’s Too Bright. LISTEN HERE
 
 
2. KIM ANN FOXMAN
 
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She brings her loyal dance followers to the floor with her infectious, soulful DJ sets that intoxicate dance floors everywhere. After collaborating with Hercules and Love Affair for two albums, she decided to part ways to choose her own musical adventure. LISTEN HERE

3. LAUREN FLAX- Pleasure Principle

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Lauren currently is a member of the Brooklyn based band CREEP with Lauren Dillard. She’s gone ahead and made a killer single called Pleasure Principle. The title track, a killer pop song full of dark atmospherics and 80s-style synths. This Janet Jackson cover has us reeling this month. LISTEN HERE

4. ROISIN MURPHY - In Sintesi

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Inspired by classic Italian pop of the ’60s and ’70s and recorded in London and in Ibiza with her partner Sebastiano Properzi. Incorporating influences from across the musical spectrum, Róisín Murphy recently decided to explore Italian songcraft. A passionate devotee of Italian culture, she decided to record a number of classic tracks. LISTEN HERE

5. UNDERWORLD (20 Year Anniversary Re-Issue)

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The backwards way Underworld evolved was typical of similar UK acts of the era, most of whom were similarly inclined toward blowing dance and electronic music out into bigger spaces. Soft dance, sensual nights, at the gym, or in the back of a cab. It’s a timeless peace of work. LISTEN HERE

6. MARIANNE FAITHFULL - GIVE MY LOVE TO LONDON

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In the rain, on Sunday mornings after a raucous weekend, this is just the right medicine penicillin that cures those fall chill woes. Her voice is soft, witty, foxy, and a real modern classic. “Late Victorian Holocaust,” the Nick Cave–composed first single from Marianne Faithfull’s upcoming 20th album, Give My Love to London.

7. SBTRKT- WONDER WHERE WE LAND
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1) His live show includes his main collaborator Sampha on vocals and keyboards.
2) The name came about to create a musical identity separate from any single person.
3) Much of the music being played is electronic based but some recent material is live.
4) First gig was at fabric in Room 1 at Get Familiar.
5) SBTRKT is pronouced ‘Subtract’. LISTEN HERE
 
 
 
8. iamamiwhoami - HUNTING FOR PEARLS
 
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“I don’t even know what a traditional artist is,” she says. “But I know that everything we do has a purpose and a substance.”-Jonna Lee as you venturing around a netherworld of the subverted familiar. In her DIY videos, you’ll find her dancing around in her underwear with what looks like a yeti, playing a piano wrapped in cellophane while sporting giant fake eyelashes. Either way, it’s giving us major halloween/dress-up vibes. LISTEN HERE

9. LYDIA AINSWORTH

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Future-Pop maverick Lydia Ainsworth takes us on a magically alive journey through disembodied vocals and haunted orchestral melodies that shows off her background in film scoring. She’s influenced by a beguiling peek at the future-pop architect’s origins. After plunging us into Wendy Carlos’s Clockwork Orange intro, Ainsworth flits from disarming chorals to ’80s gems from the likes of Kate Bush and Japan. LISTEN HERE

10. BANKS

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She goes by Banks. The latest seductive voice singing R&B-inflected, come-hither lyrics in dulcet tones over smooth, perfectly produced beats goes by the name Banks. That’s it, just Banks. And it goes good perfectly pre-gym, pre-work, and post party. LISTEN HERE
2014-10-16

Color Coded: ICB’s Best in Show for Fall Lips

ICB color codes with the seasons. Summer kisses fade away, the fall edge sauntering in like it never left. Just like the leaves change, so should our lip color as we rock the seasons on our faces with pride. 

Every true ICB girl knows that lip color is what makes an outfit. Whether it be bold reds or subtle hues, the lips hold all the secrets you’ve never told and are deserving  of the same amount of contemplation as you put into the clothes you wear. ICB Fall 14 is made for berry lips that give your outfit the glossy glow on the runways AND the streets.

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Which is why we’ve compiled our color coded guide to ICB’s Guide to The Top 9 Berry Lips for Fall:

1. Hourglass Femme Rouge Lipstick in Muse:

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This red is perfect for those grey winter days, when a pop of color is the only thing that can get you through the day. $30

2. Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Matte:

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The fact of the matter is, every girl needs to rock a nude lip every once in a while. This shade is perfect and peachy for a little berry feel with the muted look you’ve been looking for. $16

3.  Estdee Lauder Pure Color Envy in Eccentricimage

Peach is the perfect color for Fall. It resembles autumn leaves and can bring out anyone’s skin tone with it’s glossy glow. A must have this season. $30

4. Fresh Sugar Healing Gloss in Cherryimage

Sometimes, lipstick just doesn’t cut it. This fresh, berry gloss will keep your lips from chapping but still give you the reddish tint that every lips needs once in a while. $23

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It’s not nude, but it’s not red. It’s perfectly pink, which gives the lips a hydrating hint of rosy complexion. It’s soft on the eyes but striking to the skin. Pink lips can be an ICB girls most powerful weapon

6. K'OIR Gorgeous

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This shade is fruity but packs a powerful punch, which makes for the perfect recipe for a fall night on the town. $16

7. ColouredRaine Candy Girl- Glass Pot 

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This muted citrus gloss looks like a lipstick but hydrates like a lipgloss, keeping you safe from cracked lips and helping you to stand out against the crowd. $14

8. Ilia Organic Saturated Lipcolor in Rouge

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You can never get enough red in your fall makeup bag. This 85% organic gloss is good for the environment, but the colors are saturated and bold and will stay on your lips all day long. $26

9. Rodin Lip Balm

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Supple and smooth, this lip balm is a necessity for any makeup bag. Whether you put it over some of the other colors above or leave it on it’s own, this color will sure to keep you feeling radiant day and night. $36

2014-10-10

In and Out Style: The Consumate Everyday Routine for ICB Girls

When the sun peaks above the buildings after a night of raging city lights, an ICB girl wakes up to a new morning. We all know that what we wear on the streets is premeditated, a process to create the energy that you’ll carry with you for the rest of the day. 

For those of you that want to see into the minds of our everyday lives– we’ve got you covered. Here’s how we get ready for a fall day: 

Cleansing

Beauty is skin deep, an ICB girl starts her day with a fresh face and a fresh piece of mind. 

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Rhonda Allison Pumpkin Cleanser We love this because it has lactic acid which gently exfoliates the surface of our skin for every morning. 

Carry out your usual routine with any toners, masks, or exfoliants. 

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Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer This moisturizer gives us the essential moisture we need for both day and night. Also, it’s an SPF 30 which is essential for good skin and a good morning. 

Outfit: 

We’re all about minimalism at ICB. Simplicity is key– because more often than not it’s the best way for chic and sleek everyday style. 

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ICB AW 14

Match a simple patchwork dress or long quilted coat with your favorite pair of ankle boots and you’re almost ready to walk out the door and rock the world.

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ICB FALL 14– Houndstooth Revamped 

A pair of pants, a nice top, and a simple blazer with simple loafers or boots is the easiest way to make yourself chic and sleek. Take a classic pattern (like houndstooth) and spice it up with your own personal flare. 

Hair and Makeup:

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This one is simple and easy. Effortless chic is achieved by a touch of blush on clean skin and pulled a back pony.

Hair:

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KMS Tame Frizz De-Frizz Oil Frizz is a thing of the past with this organic de-frizz oil. Perfect for that pony.

Lips:

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Mineral Essence Organic Lip Balm Top of the freshness of your face with a simple lip balm. 

Perfume: 

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Dover Street Market Comme 3 Eau de Toilette Finally, spray on your favorite scent and you’re almost ready to walk out the door. 

Last but definitely not least, our morning routine is not complete without music. A soundtrack can set the energy for your whole day, so this one is extra important. 

We’ll leave you with this, so you can go out and start your day with the perfect peace of mind:

FKA Twigs - Pendulum

2014-10-08

ICB Style Watch: Meet Youngjun Koo

Here at ICB, we believe that street-style is far more than just pictures on the street. It’s an art form, a training of the eye that turns fabric into magic, and everyday clothes into walking representations of art. 

Koo, of I’m Koois one of those people with a brilliant eye. We’re excited to collaborate with Koo for ICB World’s StyleWatch, where a bi-monthly curation of his original photos depict the vibe of ICB girls in their native habitat - the city. 

He’s all about the balance, about the look that’s unfound, the new, the extraordinary. Which is why ICB met up with him to really find out what it’s like to live day to day as Youngjun Koo. 

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When did you start having an interest in photography? What (or who) got you into it?

Actually I studied fashion design and never studied photography. I started photography when I moved to NY. The reason I came to NY was to learn English. But at that time, it was quite boring. And I wanted to make real NY fashion friends. I decided to make friends on the street. But I thought if I had an excuse to talk to them, it would be nicer. Then I brought my little compact camera and started taking photos of people on the street. 

My photography was kind of an excuse to talk to people on the street but people also kinda liked my photos. And also I was getting interested in it. Now, here I am.

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Your street style shots go far beyond documenting people’s outfits, you really capture eccentric personalities, too. What’s your criteria when you choose to shoot someone?

For the regular week, I have time to think, take photos, and I can pick whatever I want to capture. But, during fashion week it’s different. I have no time to think because there are so many people around. I could say, I believe in my instinct of fashion sense. So basically, if someone makes me automatically press the shutter button, that’s a fashionable person. 

 

Who are some of your favorite designers?

It changes a lot to me, but Phoebe Philo keeps going on my mind all the time.

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If you could create the perfect outfit to shoot, what would it be?

As I mentioned, I studied fashion design. And I realized that I was not a creative person at all 10 years ago. I will pass that to designers and focus on photography.

 What (or who) inspires you?

Hard to say… things I’ve never tried. 

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What’s your day-to-day life like? Are you constantly on the go, constantly shooting?

Constantly traveling + shooting. I’m trying to meet as many people as I can when I travel, which means I want to photograph them as well. I’m not good at landscape photos, so I want to take photos of people, so far. 

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Has there ever been a time when someone doesn’t want to be shot? How do you handle that? 

Just ignore them. Fortunately, I haven’t had that yet. 

What’s your ideal everyday outfit?

Balance.

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2014-10-06

ICB's Sensible Scents: Top 10 Fragrances for Fall

As the summer breeze transitions into winter wind, pollen turns to pumpkin seeds, and the smells wafting through the air has a distinct change. Everything smells a bit colder, a bit crisper, and before you even realize it– it’s fall. 

Perfume has been around for centuries, and it’s fragrant luxuries have come a long way. The Early Egyptians used fragrance balms for religious and romantic rituals, and in 1921 Ernest Beaux created classic in a bottle with Chanel No. 5 that dosed the rich and famous with the very first “signature scent.” In the 1960s, perfume was sold to the masses and 50 years later– the ICB girl was born. 

She’s classy, she’s edgy, and she smells oh so good. 

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ICB AW 14

Fragrance is what makes the outfit which is why we’ve compiled

The Top 10 Fragrances For Fall: 

1. Comme Des Garcons-MONOCLE Scent Three: Sugi

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It’s their third fragrance in collaboration with Monocle magazine (see Scent One: Hinoki and Scent Two: Laurel), and like the others, was developed by perfumer Antoine Maisondieu. Japanese cedar – is popular as an ornamental plant in Japan and has a delicate, clean and energising fragrance…It’s a refreshing unisex scent that’s light but sophisticated, beginning with top notes of Mediterranean cypress and pepper from Madagascar. $89

2. Diptyque Essences Insensees

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At the origin of Essences Insensées (sensory essences) is a centuries-old tradition of master perfumers, the «mille fleurs» (thousand flowers). Inspired by this idea, diptyque collaborated with perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin to revisit the tradition at the Firmenich site in Grasse. $175

3. Yves Saint Laurent Paris Rebel Collector

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With a homage to the best city in the world to be in during Fall, this spicy, classic scent will teleport you to the streets of Paris with every whiff of citrus, pink pepper, and tomato leaves. $109

4. Dahlia Divin by Givenchy

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This woody, Jasmine scent is perfect for a date night under winter stars. $110

5. Van Cleef & Arpels California Réverie 

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When the air turns crisp, this citrus-based, sunshine-y scent will keep you California Dreamin’ all day long. $185

6. Kiehl’s Vertiver & Black Tea

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Kiehl’s will launch Vetiver & Black Tea, a new addition to their Aromatic Blends collection. The fragrance features vetiver from a sustainable source in Haiti, black tea from Sri Lanka, and additional notes of pepper and wood. $32.50

7. Christian Dior Élixir Précieux in Ambre

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The pumpkin spice of perfumes, this potent elixir is perfect for a personalized scent. $300

8. Estee Lauder Modern Muse Chic

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Intense floral and woody notes will make you feel like you’re laying in a field of autumn leaves– even when you’re just at work. $100

9. Jo Malone-Wood Sage and Sea Salt

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It’s a fragrance inspired by the salt air, sea grasses and rocky cliffs of the English coast, developed by perfumer Christine Nagel; its official notes include ambrette seeds, sea salt, sage, grapefruit and red algae. In a recent interview about this fragrance, Nagel also mentioned buchu leaves, plum, dried fruits, driftwood and musk as compositional elements.$120

10. Linda Rodin Olio Lusso

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Modern times- it doesn’t have to mean that we can fully ignore mid-century elegance. Linda Rodin has given us a chance to experience first hand those early fall whiffs of spicy notes, pine, violets, and lingering musk. $300

2014-10-01

Scroll UP: The Top 10 Fashion Blogs and Digi-Mags to Tune Into

This is it. We live in the center of the digital age, where we can find everything from daily inspiration to updates about the weather on a single screen. Fashion, of course, is no exception. 

From the undiscovered street-style moguls to pictures straight off the runway, the ever changing way that Fashion moves can be followed with the instantaneous tap of your finger. It’s a beautiful thing, and it’s infinite accessibility is something that we may all take for granted. 

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ICB FW 14: From Runway to Phone

Which is why we’ve collected The Top 10 Fashion Blogs and Digi Mags To Tune Into Right Now:

1. Brooklyn Blonde

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A style blogger, Helena is a born and raised New Yorker that-you guessed it- lives in Brooklyn. This blog is quintessential style meets quirky lifestyle, and is a must read for anyone diving in to the Fashion world.

2. FashioningTech

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When Fashion meets Technology, there is always something that will absolutely blow your mind. FashioningTech will keep you on your toes with the worlds latest in Fashion innovation. 

3. The Spicy Stiletto 

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Fashion Blogger Serena Goh claims to have never met a heel too high or a spice she wouldn’t try. It’s rare to see Fashion meet Food, but Serena does it and she does it so, so well. 

4. De Lune

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This art student turned fashion mogul with amazing hair, Claire Geist shows the world  it’s accessories and art that can turn a simple outfit into something so effortlessly cool. 

5. Atlantic-Pacific

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If you’re not sure if you’re more West Coast than East Coast, or vice versa, Blair Eadie’s got you covered. She mixes East Coast chic with edgy West Coast sleek and that’s all we can really ask for in life. 

6. Dossier Journal x Etsy

This online magazine has opened up a pop-up store that is taking the wonderful finds from Etsy and turning them into fashion forward items that will last you a lifetime.   

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There is no way this online magazine can go wrong. It’s fashion. It’s state of the art thinking. It’s social commentary the way you’ve never seen it before. 

8. Trop Rouge

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This New York model has tousled hair and a witty bite. Christina Caradona has turned Trop Rouge into a must-visit site for an inside look at the model-slash-bloggers’ cosmopolitan life.

9. Dazed and Confused Magazine

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It’s Fashion. It’s Art. And it’s the News you never thought you wanted to hear about. Dazed and Confused Magazine is the pinnacle of a consistent good read. 

10. Kate Loves Me

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This handsome fashionisto has a lot going for his blog. He’s got stunning personal style shots to runway coverage, and he never fails to keep it interesting. He always inspires readers to follow a personal motto of his: Be the most authentic person you can be. We couldn’t agree more. 

2014-09-26

Top 10 Fashion Disrupters: Changing Style as We Know It

Here at ICB, we see Fashion as more than a movement. It’s a current, ever-changing, forever flowing, and always, always evolving. Fashion stems from inspiration, but trends never truly stay the same. Not really.

From togas, to petticoats, to pixie cuts and punk inspiration, there’s always something new disrupting the wave. It only takes one moment of fashion genius, and boom, style as we know has changed forever. 

But, style doesn’t stitch itself. There is always a face behind it all. ICB changes the game by reviving traditions with patchwork and tech-inspired patterns, but we’re not the only ones. 

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ICB FALL 14

Here Are The Top 10 Fashion Disrupters Who Are Changing Style as We Know It:

1. Tavi Gevinson

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Now, 18 years old, Tavi has been changing the game since the ripe age of 11, when she started her blog Style Rookie. She’s been quoted as saying, “I was actually just trying to make a really bleak day in middle school more interesting.” But she’s done so much more than that. 

2. Leandra Medine

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When this style icon started her blog, Man Repeller, she finally (and hilariously) said what everyone was too afraid to: Fashion isn’t about pleasing men. 

3. Olivia Bee

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19 years old and 5 years of professional photography under her belt, changes the aesthetics of Fashion with every revolutionary click of her camera. 

4. Simone Rocha

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Originally from Dublin, this Irish designer has taken the world by storm. She’s been in the windows of Dover Street Market, Topshop, and boutiques in Paris, and her traditional chic meets minimalist sleek is quite the stylish force to be reckoned with.

5. Susie Lau (aka Susie Bubble)

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She’s fashionable, she’s chic, and she can pull of neon fur (faux, of course). What more could you ask for? This gal’s style is constantly mixing the unusual with common trends for a truly amazing aesthetic.

6. Tommy Ton

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He’s known as Fashion’s Favorite Photographer and the Street Style Extraordinaire. This guy changes the way we look at every day life, getting up close and personal with it all.

7. Penny Martin

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What kind of fashion magazine editor puts Angela Lansbury on the cover? The Gentlewoman, whose editor Penny Martin who spent years in academia, holds uncompromising opinions and has no time for airbrushing.

8. Anna Trevelyan

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She styles the extraordinary and her personal style is hard to beat. This girl has been continuously changing the game since Myspace was still a thing.

9. Harley Viera Newton

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With an Elite modeling contract and a deal as the face of Dior Beauty while still in college and a management contract with Jay Z’s Roc Nation just after graduation, she’s paved the way for a new major at NYU: Model/DJ.

10. Emily Weiss

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This girl has come a long way since helping out Lauren and Whitney on The Hills. She’s the founder and director of Into The Gloss. When asked “Why Into the Gloss?” she said, “Everyone was just looking at style from the head down– not treating beauty as part of style in a big way, but sort of as the kid sister, the afterthought.” Right on, Emily!

 

2014-09-25

ICB Top 10 Skin Essentials for Fall

It’s that time of year again. Where sunscreen is exchanged for scarves, ballet flats for boots, and Summer air for October breeze. That’s right, Fall has finally arrived! And with it, we shed our summer skin and transition into the season of change.

Just has the leaves change, so do we. Which is why your summer skincare products just won’t get you through the season. Oily skin is turned dry by the bitter breeze. But have no fear.

As Pat Mcgrath once said, “Creativity is your best makeup skill. Don’t afraid to experiment" 

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ICB AW 14' 

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Bare Your All With these Top Ten Skin Essentials for Fall: 

1. MALIN + GOETZ vitamin e moisturizer

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The perfect accessory for extremely hydrated skin. 

http://www.malinandgoetz.com/ $45

2. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

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You may think exfoliating would exacerbate dry skin– but this brand will leave your skin feeling fresh all day long. 

http://www.dermalogica.com/ $52

3. MALIN + GOETZ peppermint body scrub

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The peppermint scent will keep you feeling festive and your skin will feel it too. 

http://www.malinandgoetz.com/ $30

4. Clarins Super Restorative Replenishing Comfort Mask

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Your skin will have a lavish glow after a session with this restorative mask. 

http://us.clarins.com/ $62

5. Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum

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Protect your skin from harmful cold and perfect skin imperfections for smooth, hydrated skin.

http://www.drugstore.com/ $24.00

6. Weleda Baby Calendula Weather Protection Cream 

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High Fashion Model Kati Nescher swears by this product– it prevents your skin from all weather conditions and keeps the dryness at bay. 

http://www.weleda.com/ (or your local drug store) $13

7. Chanel EAU DOUCEUR Cleansing Water

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A classic cleanser for the classic kind of smooth

http://www.chanel.com/ $45

8. MAC 'Pro Longwear’ Concealer

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Medium to full coverage that will keep your skin flawless– no matter the weather. 

http://nordstrom.com/ $20

9. CLINIQUE Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip 

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A transparent, hydrating lip color that prevents cracks– and it comes in 15 different shades. 

http://www.sephora.com/ $17

10. RMS BEAUTY Lip2cheek

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It’s a blush. It’s a lip color.  It’s a hydration magnet. 

http://www.net-a-porter.com/ $36

2014-09-23

Hands On: ICB Style Guide to Staying Modular for Fall

Purses, clutches, buckets, cross bodies, over the shoulders, backpacks, whatever it takes to make your life that much modular, just know that ICB girls everywhere are not endorsing the bag lady look. What are we endorsing? Survival kits, modularity, functionality, all packed up and ready to keep our busy lives that much closer to sanity.

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Modular on the Run: From the ICB AW14 Runway

This Fall’s boldest, brightest, and most tantalizing carriers are making and curating our lives, lipsticks, iphones, and daily essentials into an easier, more seamless way of getting through the season.

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From ICB’s Stylewatch

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Even though this season was all about the statement accessory, ICB fully endorses functionality first, lifestyle foremost, and accouterments second. Not to say we are naysayers in statements, just as long as it’s no fuss, no muss, and ready to rock at mach speed from apartment, cab, subway, office, elevator, after-drinks, wherever. It’s not about must-haves. It’s about MUST FUNCTION.  So what works for you?

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       Here are our TOP 14 Bags for Fall. STAY MODULAR!

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Christopher Kane

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Fulton

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Vionnet

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Jil Sander

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Prada

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Missoni

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Les Petits Joueurs

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Giambattista Valli

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Maison Martin Margiela

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Sandro

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Fendi

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Dries Van Noten

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Celine

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Etro

-Ana Roman

2014-09-18

Get Sturdy: ICB’s Guide to Chunky Boots, Flats, and Heels for Fall

Fall Shoes. There’s no other game like it. The tireless hunt infinitely spurs on and on, spinning each girl right round into a perfect wild combination of boot, shoe, flat, or heel in the hopes that said sole fashion evokes comfort, street sturdy luxe, and above the line style.  But how do we achieve this alchemical mix of fall style into day/evening edits?

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Women everywhere right now are clamoring for answers. But let’s keep the game of the hunt simple. Shoes are like a mantra, they’re like sculptures of life tip toeing between rooms, up subway steps, into corridors, making the physics chatter and keeping all our most intimate secrets and desires…..Wait a minute. WAKE UP! We’ve got work to do. We’re not setting around all day doing pirouettes and being Marie Antoinette.

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Behind the Scenes at ICB

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Blue Suede Shoes by LD Tuttle: Seen behind the scenes at ICB

We’ve got skyscrapers to climb, dates to tackle, meetings to run to, and ambitions to sharpen. Skypscraper heels, chunky rangers, ankle boot flats, and thigh high boots reigned supreme and vied for runway to street style prominence. And with that notion in mind, we’re more than happy to know that Fall has taken a masculine-feminie edge with multi-facetted shoe to boot silhouettes punctuated with metal, fur, suede, leather, and shock bright colors.

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Like a fine toothed comb, we at ICB have been combing through all the combos that will get your best foot forward.

Here are the top 20 Sturdy Street to Office to Party to Club shoes that will get ICB girls everywhere to Shut Up and DANCE this FALL:

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Calvin Klein

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John Rocha

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Kenzo

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Fendi

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Chloe

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Rebecca Taylor

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DIOR

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Lanvin

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Rick Owens

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Prada

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Stella McCartney

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Marni

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Proenza Schouler

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Christopher Kane

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Giles

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Masha Ma

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Jil Sander

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Louis Vuitton

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Delpozo

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Celine

-Ana Roman

2014-09-12

FACE the Facts: ICB's Top 5 Make Up Looks for Fall

“A woman without paint is like food without salt.”- Roman philosopher, Plautus

Civilizations have used cosmetics as a ritual form of beauty for centuries. Our collective psyches, even now in the future, are deeply affected by colors and textures we apply to our faces. Whether to seduce, start wars, or promote general health and well-being, make up has long since been the weapon of choice for change, innovation, and to signify the times.

Whether it’s minimal, metallic, matte, or just plain red lipstick, cosmetic usage throughout history can be indicative of a civilization’s practical concerns. Class systems, colors, and usage are symbols of cosmetic conventions in beauty. So where are we now? Let’s take a step back.

4,000 BCE:

Egyptian women apply galena mesdemet (made of copper and lead ore) and malachite (bright green paste of copper minerals) to their faces for color and definition. They employ a combination of burnt almonds, oxidized copper, different-colored coppers ores, lead, ash, and ochre – together called kohl – to adorn the eyes in an almond shape. Women carry cosmetics to parties in makeup boxes and keep them under their chairs.

3000 BCE:

Grecian women paint their faces with white lead and apply crushed mulberries as rouge. The application of fake eyebrows, often made of oxen hair, is also fashionable.

1500 BCE:

Chinese and Japanese citizens commonly use rice powder to make their faces white. Eyebrows are shaved off, teeth painted gold or black and henna dyes applied to stain hair and faces.

300-400 AD:

Henna is used in India as a hair dye and in mehndi, an art form in which complex designs are painted on to the hands and feet, especially before a Hindu wedding. Henna is also used in some North African cultures.

1300 AD:

In Elizabethan England, dyed red hair comes into fashion. Society women wear egg whites over their faces to create the appearance of a paler complexion. Yet, some thought cosmetics blocked proper circulation and therefore posed a health threat.

1800 AD:

Zinc oxide becomes widely used as a facial powder, replacing the previously used deadly mixtures of lead and copper. One such mixture, Ceruse, made from white lead, is later discovered to be toxic and blamed for physical problems including facial tremors, muscle paralysis, and even death.

Queen Victoria publicly declares makeup improper. It is viewed as vulgar and acceptable only for use by actors.

ENTER FALL 2014: The world gains new strides in technology. ICB girls everywhere are faced with new environmental challenges on the skin plus gain new molecular, modular, and urban rituals. Minimalism in color, lifestyle, and outlook allows the self, as well as the skin to rest ICB then creates a seamless look with metallic touches, translucent eyelids, soft muted brown hues, and nude lips.

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BEHIND THE SCENES AT ICB’S AW14

With that, we enter 21st Century full throttle.

HERE ARE ICB’s TOP 5 MAKE UP LOOKS FOR FALL 2014:

1) THE GLOW GETTERS-
Shimmery to Matte Glowing Skin. Get In.  

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 BEHIND THE SCENES AT ICB’S AW14

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At Calvin Klein

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At Diane Von Furstenberg

2) THE BARE MINIMUM

For fall, some faces were left eerily and seemingly nude. Don’t be afraid to bare all in order to create a futuristic, on-the-go, unforgettable look.

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BEHIND THE SCENES AT ICB’S AW14 

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At Balenciaga

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At Proenza Schouler

3) WALK THE LINE

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At Kenzo

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At Lanvin

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At Jean Paul Gaultier

4) DON’T BE AFRAID TO LASH OUT

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At Prada

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At Yves Saint Laurent

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At Gucci

5) METALLIC TOUCHES

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BEHIND THE SCENES AT ICB’S AW14

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At Emporio Armani

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At Issey Miyake

-Ana Roman

2014-09-10

ICB SPRING 2015 RUNWAY DEBUT AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

Clever Confidence, style in motion, fresh, and decisively futuristic, ICB once again has proven that it owns the intersection of fashion and femininity in the new millennium. With that, ICB’s SS15 collection has opened the doors to new functionality and ideas.

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Spring 2015 is all about the ICB girl living in constancy of motion, ever-changing, and consistently evolving into an effortless and seamless time in her day to day living.  Ensembles were finished with off the body flow, championing unrestricted movement, and embellished with new metallic textiles that create techno-style oscillating dances around the body.

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Mesh and Metallic Thread Tassles

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Hand-painted stripes, sporty separates, hidden mesh features, urban textures, tweed innovations, melting floral prints and swing-like motion off-setting graphics pivoted on melon, teal, and white colored back-drops of fabric. Plays on chambray, blues, and navy’s along with futuristic and minimal sporty elements for Spring have surely catapulted ICB’s efforts to lift off into an unstoppable  time in the future of fashion.

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Hand Painted Stripes

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Melting Floral Graphics

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Tweed Innovations

“The ICB girl is always aware,” Prabal Gurung said backstage before the show. “She doesn’t always listen to the same music, pair things the same way, she’s consistently evolving.”

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Sporty Separates

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We don’t want to give it all away at once, but we promise there will be more to come. Watch the ICB SS15 Collection right here and stay tuned for more innovations. - Ana Roman

2014-09-05

ICB's Fall Guidance: Our Top 10 for AW14

ICB’s Autumn/Winter 2014 collection is built on the idea of pushing lightly, gracefully and seamlessly. Our fall collection gives way to simplicity and new ideas of beauty that touch on shifting paradigms and new technologies.

New Philosophy: From ICB’s Behind-the-Scenes Backstage

From glittery, metallic neutral eyelids to bold blocks of color, ICB girls everywhere will pick, choose, and deliberately curate thier own path towards this season’s newest trends. This path is fearlessly aspirational, and primed to innovate. ICB girls, no matter what the season, will always challenge themselves and gracefully push the idea of never pushing aggressively no matter what the trends dictate.

Innovation, power suits, jackets, textures and weather-ready urban fabrics push towards the end of 2014. An end and a beginning that ICB girls everywhere are ready to champion.

Here are our Top 10 we Champion, Love, and MUST HAVE

ZIP IT

Zip it up until next season. Silver gold, black, or white zips-it doesn’t matter. At ICB we’re playing with zippers with full intention.

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Zipped up for ICB AW 2014

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Left to right: Carven, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga

MAD FOR PLAID

Loyalist flannel-clad women everywhere are happily faced with ICB’s newest take on plaid innovations. It’s also synonymous with covering up and getting cozy.

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WEATHER THIS

Marled thermals, angora, fleece, rubber, wool and lamb leather; fabrics to shield us from cold winds, raining leaves, and under the umbrella great escapes.

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ICB’s own marled thermal and fleece rubber coat

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Wools, thermals and fleece from catwalk to street

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GET QUILTED

At ICB we aim to innovate with this enduring texture, making it fun, plugged in and primed for future.

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Quilted Coat for ICB AW 2014

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Quilted at Miu Miu

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HOUNDED

We mechanized houndstooth above and beyond. Catapulting the textile upwards and onwards for ICB girls everywhere who champion the classic print. Fall wouldn’t be the same without it.

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ICB’s Houndstooth Pioneers for AW 2014

9 to 5 POWER SUIT

Even on the catwalks of other seasoned labels, ICB was on the forefront of taking the power suit one step further. In the form of a dress or in the form of the classic silhouette, we focused on a power suit that was wearable for day straight into evening. Laidback luxe and graceful ambition is how to wear it.

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Charging From 9 to 5 and Beyond: ICB’s AW14 Powersuits

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Left to right: Stella McCartney, Jil Sander, Christopher Kane

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HAIR FLAIR

At ICB textures were combined with organic materials like shearling, collars made from goat hair, and lamb leathers. Shearling is definitely a win for us, as evidenced on other runways for fall.

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ICB’s take on the shearling jacket for AW 2014

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Left to right: Reed Krakoff, Anthony Vaccarello, Trussardi, Prada and Altuzarra.

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PATCH IT UP

Mood-Board clothes, textural mix and match, plus digital cut and paste kept us inspired at ICB. Nothing goes and everything stays….within our own minimal parameters (of course).

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Patched up at ICB AW 2014

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Patchwork at Jonathan Saunders

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EYE FOR AN EYE

Fall is no longer about the lip. At ICB we focused on the eye with terra-firma based neutrals paired with timeless tousled hair.

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INNOVATION

Pushing through all the trends, rules, tips and white noise of fall fashion, we aim to filter those messages in the easiest, most innovative way we can. Other designers pushed their own innovative boundaries (see Fendi’s drones) but at ICB we catapulted our own tech traditions this season with digitized houndstooth.

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ICB’s Digitized Data Glitch Houndstooth

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From the ICB AW 2014 Lookbook

 

 

2014-09-03

The New Guard: ICB’s Next Level Easy Chic

We are now entering a new month-era of dare devil silhouettes, fabrics, basics, and essentials. Before we get plugged in let’s not panic here. Just say OM and remain calm. From subway to subway, lawn chair to pool, office lunch to coffee shop, there’s a gazillion powdered noses poking around all the September issues telling women everywhere who, what, where and how to wear it. Tired yet? Yes, we already have fall fatigue and it hasn’t even hit 65 degrees yet.

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From the ICB AW14 Lookbook: Is it 65 degrees yet?

Getting overwhelmed by new collections, trends, desires, wants, and needs is so very last century. We mustn’t do this to ourselves. What we must do, however, is avoid ignoring it altogether. There’s simply no excuse for it!

Ladies, we’re busy working, dating, dj-ing, clubbing, being entrepreneurs, and putting together our lives…NOT eating macaroons and putting together our outfits.

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Joan Smalls for ICB 2014

Next Level Easy Chic does not have to be about rules, trends, or tips. It’s a state of mind. And this is not an easier said than done scenario. It’s intention with action, effortless, and timeless to the core. It’s what the French call Bon Chic Bon Genre (BCBG) translated to: Good Style Good Attitude.

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Catherine Deneuve Giving a little BCBG in YSL for “Belle Du Jour”

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The Iconic Black Dress

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Anna Karina’s disconnects: A No-Hassle Take on BCBG

Let’s not get a head of ourselves though. BCBG may very well be the 20th Century rule-of-thumb Chic, which connotes a certain urban bourgeoisie. BCBG originated in the 1960’s when many of the challenges we face today were not even conceptualized.

A Clip of Belle Du Jour’s 20th Century BCBG Chic

Fast forward to NOW. ICB is championing a next level chic that goes beyond the bounds of “the iconic black dress” or clean, proper, boring, and non-original.

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ICB’s 21st Century Iconic Ultramarine from the AW14 Lookbook

ICB’s Next Level Easy Chic keeps a few 21st century essentials in mind; (easy separates, utility, fabrics that mold to urban environments).

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ICB’s Utility, Uniformity, and Next Level Chic

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Devil in the Quilted Details: From the ICB AW2014 Lookbook

We know that magazines and street fashion can be aggressively outlandish and out of bounds at times. We’ve aimed to create a Next Level Chic that skips over the constant barrage of ads and images on screens. We have welcomed understated, technological, and risk-taking collections that wash over us in relief.

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Next Level Easy Chic serves as a backlash reaction to all the overzealous airwaves telling us what to do. So how do we do it? And why? Here’s why. THE DE FACTO UNIFORM.

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Rei Kawakubo’s Uniformity for Commes Des Garcon

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Women on the go, with lofty dreams and high-octane ambitions to achieve have been wearing De Facto uniforms for some time now. Now matter what season, these uniforms never go out of style. At ICB, we’ve created fall essentials which can add, subtract, and multiply this lifestyle.  Easy is as easy does.

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Model Uniformity: Dancers on the Runway at Rick Owens

What are the rules of Next Level? NEXT Level is NOT about the biggest, best, and brightest. Next level isn’t about using money to elevate your style. What is it? Some would argue that Next Level Chic is a backlash against big-time labels. Take the recent normcore phenomenon, coined by the NYC K-HOLE forecasting collective as “embracing sameness deliberately as a new way of being cool.”

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Editorial Normcore

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Real Normcore

Maybe, um…well, maybe not. Next level chic is born out of necessity and QUALITY over quantity. Not about sameness.

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Uniformity sans the Sameness: One of a kind from the AW14 Lookbook

At ICB we take into account that the art of next level is about carefully curated, minimalistic, modern-classic looks. Most of us in the 21st century have simplified our wardrobes out of necessity and that means going up a level. NEXT level. - Ana Roman

2014-08-29

Seasonal Connectivity: ICB's Top Automatic Shopping Essentials

Ads, magazines, testimonials from friends, and over-saturation on the airwaves can lead us towards unfiltered style choices. When led astray, that shoe or dress choice can go seriously wrong. With the downbeat and wind-down of Spring/Summer’s limitless specials, sales, and choices, it’s getting increasingly difficult to find the right app or online store that caters to an ICB girl’s tech choices.

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ICB On the Go: AW14 Lookbook

With noses plugged into iphones, ipads, and brains processing a multitude of pin numbers, it’s hard to remain cool and graceful under the barrage of numbers, specials, and ads searing into our visuals. End game: enter tech-fatigue.

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Behind the Scenes: Model with iphone backstage at ICB’s AW14

But there’s a way to avoid it. We’ve cleaned up all your fashion-tech minutiae and curated a list of the best apps and online shopping websites to help you get over the ‘endless summer’ seasonal hump.

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Heads Down, Giving good face to iphones in NYC

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ICB’S TOP 5 WEBSITES THAT WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU SHOP:

OF A KIND

We never thought we’d say this but it looks like a Designer Piece of the Month Club just beat out our Book of the Month club!

IPSY

$10 a month gets you 4-5 beauty samples all year round– if you can get off the wait list. 

SHOPBOP

This online boutique brings together hand-picked and farflung boutiques across the globe, giving customers access to a HUGE selection of designer collections.

THE OUTNET

This is where Net-a-Porter sends past seasons’ collections, so expect to find huge discounts on ready-to-wear and accessories from McQueen to Missoni and Chloé to Christian Louboutin.

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ICB’S TOP 3 APPS FOR a Calmer and Saner SHOPPING EXPERIENCE

POSHMARK

A personal fashion store that continually recreates itself as you make choices. Allows users to “shop closets of women across America” for used and new clothes by clothing type and brands or through “shopping parties.“ RSVP us please!

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POLYVORE

A fully functional fashion network, with everything from following other accounts to creating one’s own content (as collages), as well as direct purchases of catalog items and sharing buttons for Pinterest, Tumblr and others. And the app has all of the above in an effortless user interface.

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SPRING

An App that makes mobile shopping fun Brands select what to feature for sale in the app each day–perhaps a sale item or a limited edition item–and they post photos that artistically feature it.

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2014-08-26

ICB's New Tech Tradition: Closets Plugged-In

Internet Explorer, glitchy signs blinking in Times Square, data controls, and digitized logos gone hay-wire have been pinnacle influences for us at ICB. Modern and seamless elegance, tailored angles, plugged-in with digitized textiles have brought us into an era that can no longer ignore calls to future methods of design. Computer looms, 3-D printers, and plays on data render our vision at ICB as fully functional tech-inspired fashion.

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Glitch-Out Data: From the ICB Mood Board

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Shards of Data: From the ICB Mood Board

With slow methods and “handmade” currently being buzzwords in 2014, the concept of “machine made” is fast becoming an influencer for exciting, bold, and new textile designs. At ICB we’re set on pairing data creativity with technology to create true 21st century innovations within our collections.

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 Computer Looms producing Digitized Textiles

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Digitized Houndstooth in Motion: From the ICB Moodboard

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3-D Graphic by Notendo

Emblazoned with the old, our AW14 fall collection brought newly digitized ideas to houndstooth, glen plaids, and pinstripes. Updated with modern fabric manipulation techniques such as metallic needle punching and rubber printing, we created the old 1885 houndstooth pattern into an upwardly digitized, modern, and emboldened textile.image

ICB’s New Digitized Houndstooth for AW14

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ICB AW14 Lookbook

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ICB AW14 Lookbook

The true mark of ICB’s newest fall collection is the marriage of timeless fashion classics with physical memories of new data designs. Chalk it up to our plugged-in urban environments, the new tech tradition is the freshest modus operandi of ICB girls.

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To help guide our browsers and plugged-in inspiration, here are four artists who have hacked our visual and data worlds:

1. GLITCHAUS

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2. NUKEME

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3. JAKE STOLLERY

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4. PHILLIP STEARNS

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- Ana Roman

2014-08-22

In Transit: ICB's Summer to Fall Easy Pieces

Right now summer ease creates a paradox for every woman readying her wardrobe for fall. August is pushing nearer to September, yet it’s not quite time to stuff those comfort pieces, shorts, and sandals in the back of the closet.

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Summer Comfort SS14 at ICB

In fact, it may be hard to remove ourselves from the addictive nature of summer comfort, causing a beautiful confusion for most of our dressing rituals. What does this look like? Sometimes it’s being so confused one feels as though there’s nothing to wear, pull out, or pair from your closet.

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From the ICB SS14 Collection

Don’t get us wrong. We love summer. At ICB we are full-functioning comfort addicts all year round, but we’re aware that we must be active not to get too, too, comfortable. We risk staring into the void of our closets and not knowing when to snap out of it! That means we make moves to go from summer passive outfits to transitory active outfits. There’s no such thing as nothing to wear! We promise!

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The Dress Shirt Staple: AW14 AT ICB

Combining reliable looks, constructing summer ease into early-fall excitement is not as difficult as it seems. Beware though, effortlessly cool doesn’t mean laziness. It means paying attention to detail, but not giving ourselves a headache over it.

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Transitory Summer into Fall Neutrals over at ICB

Here are 4 Transitory easy pieces we are currently loving over at ICB

WHITE OUT: White Wide-legged trousers, silk shorts, or denim with white Sneakers, sandals, or mules. It’s classic, cut, and emboldens confidence whether out on a weekend sail, or in the office on those slow days

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Take the Plunge: Got a cream, navy, or white dress shirt? Keep it active at the front of your closet so you can take a plunge with your necklines and hemlines. And wait a minute, we don’t mean all the way down to the belly button! Take it down a notch with only 3 or 4 unbuttoned.  This paired with a slicked back ponytail cuts a striking end of summer silhouette.

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ICB’s Play on Transitory Summer Dress Shirts from SS14 Collection

STAY LAYERED: Maxi Skirt + Cropped or Dress Shirt = multidimensional. It’s not quite so long sarong, but it’s easy enough to pair your leftover summer separates in a tailored and innovative way. Don’t be afraid to also pair with sneakers!

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TIE IT UP: Don’t be afraid to switch on or off. Whether it’s white shorts, wide-legged trousers, or a maxi/midi skirt, wearing your shirt around your waist doesn’t have to be sloppy or grungy. We find it’s helpful for overly air conditioned spots into humid outdoors. Monochromatic and minimal keeps it polished.

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What to listen to while compiling, mixing and matching? We’ll leave you with an endless summer Playlist from St. Vincent

2014-08-20

MUSEDOM in MOTION: ICB's Millennial Muses

The 21st Century is as ancient as, well, the notion of the Nine Muses. But it’s not a notion. It’s a feeling, a punch, a youth quake. Something so intoxicating that it’s beyond mere mortals to fully describe.  It’s the number nine that speaks the titan language of musedom.

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ICB Muse in the Making, Joan Smalls

This magical number comes with names even more startling and spellbinding: Calliope (Epic Poetry), Clio (History), Erato (Love Poetry), Euterpe (Music), Melpomene (Tragedy), Polyhymnia (Sacred Poetry), Terpischore (Dance), Thalia (Comedy), and Urania (Astronomy). 

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Future-Muse: ICB’s own Joan Smalls 

Fashion would not exist without them, art would render itself static, and throngs of humankind would be lost without them. Who are these creatures?

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Minimal Muse: Backstage at ICB

What makes them tick, set us on fire, and inspire us to insomniac, maniacal, and dream-like heights? For some, musedom is defined by a desire to create, an almost spiritual state. For others, musedom unintentionally leaves traces of thoughtless beauty and wonder.

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Inspired Effortless Modernity: ICB’s Make-Up of the Millennial Muse

Karl Lagerfeld speaks to us in an unforgettable muse-language that has lead us to dizzying dreams of 21st century silhouettes and modern grace.

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Lagerfeld and 1980’s Muse Inès de la Fressange

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Lagerfeld and Tilda Swinton (See the infamous Paris-Edinburgh Chanel Collaboration)

Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen? It’s a match made in otherworldly heaven, one could simply not live without the other.

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Isabella Blow and McQueen in London’s swinging 1990’s

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Yves Saint Laurent and Loulou de la Falaise created an eternal and unforgettable zeitgeist together in the 1970’s.

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John Galliano and Kate Moss created worlds that the fashion world will never wake up from. 

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Complete command of an out-of-reach aura, blankness and fullness of life at the same time, and following the beat of one’s own heart.

THAT, friends, is what’s required of a muse. And now without further ado, here’s ICB’s top 9 MUSES (with one bonus track) who whet our inspirational and aspirational appetites:

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GAIA REPOSSI

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SHALA MONROQUE

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GIA COPPOLA

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PHOEBE PHILO

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LILY KWONG

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JOAN SMALLS

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MIROSLAVA DUMA

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ROONEY MARA

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ELENA PERMINOVA

BONUS TRACK: ROBYN


-Ana Roman

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