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2014-08-14

GET FITTED: ICB’s Body-Forms in Motion

“I feel very strongly that clothes that fit well make a person feel better. It’s maybe half the value of the merchandise.” Jil Sander

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ICB knows that fashion begins with the body. We enclose it in fabrics, cut asymmetrical lines that create instant impact, and sculpture those shapes into the future. THAT is silhouette. Details such as nuances of colors, edges, and contours begin to create visions of future body-forms.

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But where did these silhouette body-forms come from? Any sculptor from the future and ancient worlds will remind you that any three-dimensional form should be highly considered from every angle. We can’t pay homage to ICB’s current body-forms without giving a nod to 20th century  silhouettes. Afterall, we clearly see earlier silhouette game-changers right now in the future.

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Elsa Schiaparelli, one of the first game-changers in styling and fashion, claims sole responsibility for the invention of shoulder pads, emitting a silhouette that creates strong shoulders and body structures on pulp-noir beauties we’ll never forget.

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Elsa Schiaparelli 1930’s

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Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dali Collaboration, 1930’s

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Lauren Bacall in Elsa Schiaparelli, 1940’s

Norma Kamali and Donna Karan took nods from Shiaparelli’s book of body-forms and incorporated them into their eponymous silhouettes of the 80’s.

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Antonio Lopez Illustrations for Norma Kamali Campaign, 1980’s

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Norma Kamali, 1980’s

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Box-Shouldered Icon, Grace Jones

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Donna Karan, 1980’s

Onwards into one of our favorite decades: the 1990’s. This decade’s Anti-fashion silhouette began to produce an aversion to…well, fashion itself. But what a great aversion!

“A Year in Fashion” series illustrates ever-changing silhouettes

Aversions are the key ingredient to happy-accidents in fashion silhouettes. Without them, the current evolution of 3-D printing in fashion would lie dormant. 

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Calvin Klein’s Minimal Silhouettes

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Isaac Mizrahi, 1990’s

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Helmut Lang, 1990’s

The most widespread expression of the 90s fashion silhouette is perhaps minimalism–simple camisoles, jeans, and sneakers. The 90s is a unique decade for its play into many of the past decades’ trends; for example, the structural boxy female suits referenced in the 40s, a resurgence of peasant tops and bellbottom pants recalled the 70s, and exercise wear such as leggings remembered in the Flashdance days of the 80s.

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Jil Sander, 1990’s

Today at ICB we’re contending with what works best for our vision of future silhouettes. Make no mistake, body-geography and blueprints endlessly abound with a dizzying area of silhouettes. These maybe be characterized as triangle, square, inverted triangle, trapeze, boxy, hourglass, fitted, pear shaped, pencil, cocoon, trumpet, flute, pouf, and mermaid, and so on. 

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Whatever your fit, ICB’s feminine, structural, relaxed, and multi-dimensional silhouettes time travel seamlessly through the ages.

-Ana Roman

2014-08-13

ICB x Def Jam Mixtape by: Eiko Hara

This week, we got to chat with the chic and talented NYC DJ/fashionista Eiko Hara. When she’s not filling local NYC hotspots with her retro sound, she contributes to Elle Japan and makes sick mixes that guarantee ultimate movin’ and groovin’. Eiko blends fashion and music in all that she does, so she happily made us the ultimate ICB Mixtape–all while looking killer every step of the way. 

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How would you describe your sound?

Its difficult to say. I love to mix up all music, doesn’t matter if it’s disco, hip hop, electro, or dubstep. Some people think I should focus  on one genre but, for me, there’s no rule. You kind of have to be there to feel my sound.

Does music influence your own style? If so, how?            

Yes and no. i have my own style already and it sometimes relates to my outfit.

What inspired your mixtape?                            

The feeling of flow. It’s a mix that you can play in your car while you’re driving or having drinks with your friends. i love to mix new and old music. When we hear new music, we dance and feel happy. But hearing old songs might remind you of sweet but sour memories, those good and nostalgic times when you’re younger. I definitely wanted to bring in those feelings in this mix tape. It’s like we’re time traveling through music.

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What’s your ideal everyday outfit? 

Something that keeps me comfortable all day. but still shows my style. Right now I’m into Chinese Kung-Fu silk pants. They’re really cool. I wear it almost every single day. So, if you see a Japanese girl in Chinese pants with white hair on the street, its me. ;) 

Who are some of your favorite artists?

Elza Jo, YOSHIROTTEN,and Niky Roehreke. They are really talented young artists of my generation and have their own style and sound.They inspire me in many different ways. 

What made you mix fashion and music?

I think Fashion and music are very relatable already. How ever you dress, it’s related to your personal character, and music always comes from your heart. 

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We’ll leave you with Eiko’s ultimate ICB x Def Jam Mixtape:

2014-08-11

ICB's Future History of Hemlines

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ICB Runway

Four inches above, two inches below, knee length, floor length, Maxi or Midi, one hemline always detects the history of the other - or can abruptly upstart the future.

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ICB Runway

Hemlines are the seminal forecasters of stock markets, gateways, revolutions, and freedoms for all. But where did it come from? Looking at the future of ICB, we’re gaining new heights, while traveling up and down the future flow chart of hemline fashion.

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Let’s start during 1947 with “The New Look,” collection by Christian Dior who brought focus to fashion after WWII. Carmela Snow, editor at Harpers Barzaar at the time, coined his seminal collection as “The New Look” because it was a reversal of the previous years wartime silhouette that rationed fabrics and conserved materials.

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Women were regaining a new sense of femininity with coy, flowing, long hemlines that beckoned towards a new way of post-war life. The use of so much material for lower hemlines caused a stir as it symbolized a luxuriant and care-free lifestyle, without any regard for the previous years minimal use of fabric.

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From the 1940’s up into the 1960’s, hemlines propelled themselves up, up, and away. Crawling slowly up the leg with the rise and fall of stock markets (see the Lipstick Indicator and The Hemline Index) new lengths began to talk of prosperity, independence, and economic freedoms.

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Emilio Pucci, 1960’s

Young designers, especially those in NYC and London, began to revolutionize the notions of POOFF (Preservation of Our Femininity and Finances), FADD (Fight Against Dictating Designers), and GAMS (Girls Against More Skirt). How about those gams? (ahem!)

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Emilio Pucci, 1960’s

Gams, thighs, knees, and ankles aside, the disco queens reigned in the 1970’s with hemlines brought back down to earth (evidence of economic downswings, here we go again!) Maxi-lengths became popular again for the first time in decades. But let’s keep the modesty aside, as the 1970’s meant body-hugging, shimmery, and lots of sex-appeal riding into the world on top of a white horse.

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Bianca Jagger in Halston, 1970’s

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Halston, 1970’s

Push the VCR fast forward into the 1980’s and 90’s and a few of our favorite things over at ICB begin to happen. BAM! Strong-shouldered, short-skirted power suits, the return of the mini-skirt (.com economy bursts of prosperity can be seen right here) and various underground feminist movements of the 90’s rocking the “Girl Power” mantra encouraged women to wear whatever they wanted, when they wanted, as long as they rocked it.

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Claude Montana, 1980’s

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Upwardly Mobile Hemlines spotted in the 1990’s

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Thigh-Length Easy Pieces on 1990’s Supermodels

ENTER ICB 21st Century: the days of the dictated hemline are gone for good. When it comes to hemlines, we translate them as cool, calm, and elegantly collected. With the “Girl Power” mantra transformed into “Future Power,” ICB gives hemlines the freedom of choice and personal comfort.

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Visit the ICB Fall Lookbook

Economic downturns and upturns aside, our highs and lows will always be balanced with innovations, technological aspirations, urban elegance, and global beauty.

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Visit the ICB Fall Lookbook

-Ana Roman

2014-08-04

A Match Made in Fashion: ICB x Def Jam Collaboration and Fall 2014 Campaign Celebration

This season’s ICB girl is effortlessly cool, effortlessly chic. She’s fearless and edgy. She’s on the pulse of music & culture. This season’s ICB girl is a New Yorker. The collection references the 90’s, but updated. 

We thought there was no better 90’s pairing than fashion & hip-hop – so we asked our friends at Def Jam to make a “mixtape” that captured the collection’s vibe: a little bit street – a lot city.

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Last Wednesday, July 23rd, ICB celebrated our NYC girl, collaboration with Def Jam, and reveal of our Fall 2014 Campaign with Joan Smalls the only way we know how– by throwing a party. 

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As the room swirled with excitement and the music pumped through the room, the best dressed of Manhattan gathered for our campaign launch at 355 W Broadway in Soho. With cocktails by Belvedere at every corner, Roberta’s wood-brick pizza cooking up outside, and custom made paletas by La NewYorkina, we hit all the bases and we did it in style.

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Hosted by Alexandra Richards and Mia Moretti, The event included a special performance by Hip-Hop star Jeremih, with DJ Eiko Hara spinning her special ICB mix-tape the whole night through. 

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Guests danced the night away and celebrated ICB the way any true New Yorker should– with class.

We’ll leave you with the ICB x Def Jam mixtape that will truly transform you into the epitome of an ICB girl:

2014-07-23

Houndstooth: A Modern Twist on An Old Fashioned Tale

There is nothing like a good old fashioned rags to riches story, just take Houndstooth for example. What began as the fabric that kept Scottish shepherds warm soon grew into a cultural phenomenon. 

Houndstooth is the current yet classic fabric that has stood the test of time. 

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Classic Variations of Houndstooth

It’s original claim to fame is arguable, since no one can ever seem to agree with who made the fabric famous first. What we do know, however, is that the fabric went from being shepherd’s clothing to the tell-tall symbol of wealth and class in the 1930s. Like the timeless “Who Came First: The Chicken or the Egg?” the true question of who brought Houndstooth to the public eye may never be known. All that matters, though, is that it got here. 

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Digital Houndstooth Weave

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Houndstooth in The Modern Age

Houndstooth was the symbol of wealth for many years, but soon became so much more than that. And thank goodness. The carefully stitched tiled pattern has grown past its social status and made its way on to runways and into the closets of anyone who wants it. Those who wear it discover that it is slimming, unexpected, and just the right amount of classic.

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Houndstooth on the Runway 

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ICB Fall 2014 Collection 

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ICB Boardwalk Jacquard Dress

Whether you want to keep it traditional and vintage or current and unexpected, Houndstooth is sure to transform any outfit into a statement piece. From large and bold to small and subtle, Houndstooth is the timeless woven pattern that will forever be so much more than just black and white. 

2014-07-21

Less is More: The Secret Behind the Cliche

ICB believes in simplicity. The idea of Minimalism began with art and slowly leaked into fashion in the 1950s. It’s a concept that has become more prominent today. We’ve all heard the timeless cliche: “Less is More.” And sometimes, it really is. 

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Minimalist Fashion in the 1950s

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Minimalist Fashion in the 1980s

Let’s break it down: Minimalist fashion began with the idea that the human body was simply a primary structure to drape simple fabrics over. Minimalism today, though, has taken a futuristic twist and works around the body to create geometric shapes and simple designs that allow for easy movement and less stressful “What-Am-I-Going-To-Wear” moments. It’s all about the simplicity, both in design and color. 

Basically, minimalism is when you can turn this:

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GLASSY SAXONY WOOL PANT

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COTTON CORAL REEF EYELET SOLID BLOUSE

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Into this:

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We’ve all had the sudden, and (hopefully) exciting realization that one article of clothing can make five completely different outfits. We just probably weren’t aware that that was Minimalism. It’s about taking a few simple pieces and turning them into fashion statements. Minimalism is like the chameleon of the fashion world. With one base piece, you have the power to create numerous chic and flawless looks with ease. 

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Minimalism On The Runway

So there it is, the secret to the old cliche revealed. Whether it be a pair of pants, a simple shirt, or your favorite pair of shoes, less can indeed turn an outfit into much more. 

2014-07-17

Think TWICE: ICB's Pre-Fall Top Optical Illusions

“Man is nothing but a bundle of sensations.” Epicharmus (450 B.C.)

Or is he? (We certainly hope so…)

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ICB Behind the Scenes

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Ultra-Sensory style is the driving force behind our visions. Pre-Fall or not, this holds true for much of our philosophy. Whether its dancing shadows on the streets of the East Village, or standing under the shade of the Empire State Building, we’ve grown accustomed to making our homes in urban landscapes hidden within modern optical illusions.

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Computer screens, 3G phones, Google Glass, magazines, Dating Apps, and onwards, the list is exhausting. What is real? Where do we draw the line between sentient, virtual, and real-time?

The trick is to play and embrace the red, green, and blue that makes for the illusory. Don’t fight it; use it or lose it. Fashion can be the gateway to the corners of our style-minds

Let’s press play.

ICB’s Top 5 Optical Illusion Artists On Heavy Rotation

1. BRIDGET RILEY

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Bridget Riley backdrop for Twiggy Editorial circa 1960’s

2. FELICE VARINI

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3. DAMIEN GILLEY

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3. TANG YAU HOONG

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5. JOSEF ALBERS

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-Ana Roman

2014-07-14

UNDER THE INK: INTRODUCING ICB'S OWN PARASOL STRIPE

Sun, snow, or monsoon, we’re having a pinnacle moment here at ICB that defines our summertime eyes: The Parasol Stripe. It’s the old-new with a twinge of future coverage. And of course we’ve definitely undermined the past (Egypt, Rome, Han Dynasty, the 17th century) providing for a perfectly hatched scheme of glitched-out fine lines and test-strip stripes that catapult forever beyond any era.

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ICB Graphics by Yuta Nakatani

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ICB Parasol Stripe Linen Dress

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ICB Graphics by Yuta Nakatani

Let’s get it down: The parasol is different than its rainy day-soaked sister, the umbrella. There’s no one singular inventor here. The parasol symbolizes full-on utilitarian style and uniformity: past, present, and future. Even though it was ancient China that invented the collapsible parasol (thanks Wang Mang circa 21 CE)

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Wang Mang with Collapsible Parasol (Han Dynasty, 21 CE)

the invention didn’t seem to be so unique at the time. Collapsible parasols were already documented on those zeitgeist-styled Ancient Egyptians in dire need of sun protection and shade. Who knew that the super-sleuths of style would adopt it as their own textile-inspired designs? (ahem, yours truly)

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Gandia Blasco

 

 

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ICB’s Parasol Stripe Print Silk Top

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Parasol Stripe Print Silk Jersey Top

Enter the 17th Century and the parasol begins to bloom with hints of a collapsible future. Finally the parasol gains a level of status that’s more fashion and style, rather than general use from solar flares. Enough of the past, though. Our eyes are hypnotized by these Gandia Blasco Parasols circa 21st Century.

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Gandia Blasco

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Gandia Blasco

 

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ICB Graphics by Yuta Nakatani

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Gandia Blasco

ENTER NOW: We’ve gone above and beyond the beach scenes, flirty Victorian moods, and heavy warring Han dynasty scowls with our Parasol stripes. What we’re channeling? Collapsible futures in automatic parasol mode with urban moves, replenished stripes, and smooth grooves under the ink. Now we leave you with the 21st Century’s biggest Parasol of them all, the Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain. Welcome to 2014.

-Ana Roman

2014-07-10

Summer Daze Dance Craze: ICB’s Dance-Inspired Visuals and Tracks

We don’t want to talk about EBM, EDM, Tech-House, Techno, and other cult-like, closed-knit genres that allow for no wiggle room…or do they?

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From the ICB-Inspiration Board: Super Beat Stripe Grooves

We’ve pushed the limits with our visuals, styles, and if you let us…your ears. Whatever the case, we’re hungry for beats and textures that open the doors to the corners of our minds and ears. Carefully, they can seep into our personal style, beats, decisions (hopefully good ones) and lifestyle.

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Go ahead, Pair it, mix it, match it, but whatever you do, make sure it’s cool and easy to move in.

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All lined up, and armed with headphones or the next available warehouse, we’ve discovered a handy visual to go with this summer’s latest music hooks; “Here I am” photographs by Lisa Leone.  Fab Five Freddy from the days of dance yore plus steady grooves and rhymes that withstand the test of time…which is what we do best at ICB.

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Lisa Leone

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Photo by Lisa Leone

This week we’re heat to the beat on gradient rhythms. I think we’re taking up too much of your time! Here we leave you with

7 Stellar DJ’s for the Seventh Month Burning Up:

  1. Volvox (Jack Department)
  2. Max McFerren
  3. Alejandro Paz
  4. Beto Cravioto
  5. Patricia
  6. Classic Works (This Barcelona-Based label is heating us up!)
  7. John Selway

Mix by Volvox

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Eye Dance Visuals by “Art Keeps me Sane”

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Dance Designs by Barcelona’s own ClassicWorks Label

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“Art Keeps me Sane”

-Ana Roman

2014-07-07

Celebrating the Devil’s Cloth: ICB's Stripes Breathe Easy into the Future

This week we celebrate one of the original rebels of fashion: Stripes. Celebrated by designers, denizens, and the textile-obsessed, the striped pattern has managed to inhabit our psychic spaces since the Middle Ages. The Carmelites brought the striped pattern to France during the Crusades in hopes it would be fully embraced. Unfortunately, no one mentioned to the forward-thinking Carmelites that the idea was soon to be verboten.

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Coco Chanel & Pablo Picasso

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Still from the Fashion Film Extraordinaire: “Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?”

Thought to be the original dress of the devil and banned for disrupting the conventional order, stripes have made their home to the worlds best convicts, artists, rabel-rousers, mavericks, heroes, writers, Coco Chanel, and unnatural modern freaks. Wearing stripes used to be such an outlandish and transgressive act that it’s only natural they became the staple dress of future-thinking creative classes.

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Convicts-cum-Artists

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Goddard’s Iconic Take in “Breathless”

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Youth-Quaking

Push fast-forward to the last century and we start to see stripes turn towards cool, minimal aesthetics. A symbol of elegance and razor-sharp precision, Coco Chanel gave us striking stripe designs to live by in the 1920’s, then beat-neck heroes adopted them in the 50’s and 60’s armed with snapped fingers driving them home towards the future. Reinvented by the house of Gucci in the 1990’s, stripes paved the way above and beyond the business sector as a mark of professional status.

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1990’s Ralph Lauren Stripe Pattern

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Jean Paul Gaultier’s Signature Stripes

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The one and only red and green stripe from the House of Gucci

Enter the 21st century. At ICB we’ve adopted the pattern with our very own modern movements. Our special striped star this week is the Cotton Coral Reef Eyelet Stripe Blouse.

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We’ve digitized the design, layered it onto a breathe-easy eyelet fabric, fresh and ripe for humid summer breezes. We’ve made sure that this original survivor of fashion reigns timeless, moving beyond tired motifs, and determined to cross all genres of style while persisting as a pattern for the ages.

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-Ana Roman

 

2014-07-03

Bolt of Red, White, and Blue: ICB's Pumped Up Kicks for July

This week we celebrate 4th of July with our ICB summer sale in full tilt. With our hands wiping our dewy faces, and our bodies looking for a breeze, we’re primed to look up at the skies post-happy hour and relish those rocket red glares. So what are we going to stand around in to celebrate on roof-tops, concrete jungles, or maybe (if we’re lucky) sandy beaches? If not surf boards or infinity pools, then hopefully pedicured perfect kicks. At ICB we’re taking it low stride, and high tide with a unique variety of sandals and trainers to add steely elegance with our modular summer separates, spiced with a side of “just relax” plus mix and match.

 ICB’s TOP 5 LOW STRIDE SANDALS

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Won Hundred ‘Kanilla’ Sandals

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COS Crossover Strap Sandals

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LD Tuttle The Color Strappy Sandals

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Ayaka Alpha 60 Sandals

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Loeffler Randall Hopie Sandal

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We know that sandals are a must, but we’re getting trained for after-hours and post hustle with these TOP PUMPED UP KICKS for JULY:

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Nike Internationalist Sneakers

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Balenciaga Marbled Leather High-Top Trainers

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PONY Topstar Suede Sneaker

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Opening Ceremony Slip-On Platform Sneakers

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No Names Plato Sneaker

imageNow we leave you with our favorite ICB Iconic face to ring in the fireworks. Joan Smalls gets steely, ready to set fire to the rest of the summer. Inspiring enough to get us away from the confines of the office A.C. Ready, set, IGNITE!


-Ana Roman

2014-06-30

Skin Environs: ICB's DIY Eco-Friendly Summer Solutions

We’re in hyper-mode to get outside and fast forward to weekend parties, after-work dalliances, and rooftop soiree-central locations. Exposed arms, legs ankles, and shoulders need more than illuminated hues and SPF.

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ICB Summer Sale Item: Emulsion Print Silk CDC Top

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ICB Summer Sale Item: Ultra Fine Viscose Yarn Knit

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ICB Summer Sale Item: Giza Lyocell Cool Jersey Dress

No matter how hot and dewy we’re feeling, there’s always a bug to slap away, plus our own environments to consider. To stain or not to stain? To contaminate or NOT to contaminate?

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Skin Environments: Protect your arms, legs, and shoulders from pesky summer critters and bites.

July is ripe with heat and a whole new batch of dry skin, critters to bite us, pollution pulsating spores, and oh, grimey subway air that dares to suffocate. We’ve got it all under control, effortlessly cool, calm, and protected with an all-natural DIY Insect Repellent and Skin Coolant.

DIY Summer Solution #1: Eco-Friendly Insect Repellent

Step 1 – Add Vodka

Vodka is a natural repellant for bees, wasps, mosquitoes and ants. Great to stave away scratches and bites.

Step 2 – Add Basil

This will be as effective as pure vodka, but without a stale scent. If the smell of basil doesn’t appeal to your palate, feel free to experiment with essential oils. We’re kind of digging tea tree, mint, and rose!

Step 3 – Add Lavender

Lavender works well in a repellant because of its own mosquito repelling properties.

Fill a Mason jar with lavender buds and cover them completely with vodka. Seal the jar tightly to prevent evaporation, and store it in a sunny spot. Rotate and shake jar regularly so that the contents mix. After a few days, strain lavender buds out and put new liquid into a clean glass jar. Pour it into a spray bottle in place of traditional insect repellant. Store the additional Mason jar of repellant in a cool, dark location for prolonged storage.

This solution won't  stain your threads, nor contaminate the environment. It simply protects the skin you’re in.

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DIY Summer Solution #2: Sun-Cooling Cucumber Facial Mist

You’ll need a blender and some cheesecloth, but get ready- this mixture is amazingly cooling and soothing on sunburns, or to curve irritating scratches from pesky insects

Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber, peeled
  • ½ teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of aloe vera
  • ½ cup of rosewater (you can use rose hydrosol as well, but you could also either make your own rosewater, or find bottles of it at any Middle Eastern grocery store)

Cut the cucumber into chunks and puree with a blender or food processor until it’s smooth. Strain mixture through the cheesecloth into a clean bowl, and make sure to squeeze cloth to get all the liquid out of it.

Add the rest of ingredients, and stir well to make sure it’s blended together. Pour liquid into a spray bottle. If you find that it’s a bit too viscous, you can add more rosewater/hydrosol or a bit of distilled water to dilute it.

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Stay Protected, dewy, and hydrated

Summer comes at a price, but overall we’ll pay it the natural way! In the meantime, our skin solutions give good face plus relief for the environment and your skin-scent city surroundings.

Now we leave you with this summer’s biggest flare up so far (the all-natural way)

-Ana Roman

2014-06-24

SUMMER GETAWAY: ICB OFF THE GRID

Summer is in full tilt, rife with solar flares, sweat, and the excited jitters of where, when, and how to get out of the metropolis – or back into it. Whatever the destination, temperature, or hemisphere, we’ve curated a delicious, globally heightened collection of pre-fall summer looks. These shapes are hot off the grid, and ready-made for daytime nighttime jibes and vibes for a summer to remember.

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Where to wear? We have some summer getaways that pair perfectly with our visions:

ICB’S TOP 5 PLUGGED IN CITIES

Electric stays for 24 hour party people, work-a-holics, innovators, and one-of-a-kinds. Don’t say we didn’t warn you:

  1. Cape Town, South Africa (Ultra Dance Deluxe)
  2. Lagos, Nigeria (Tribal Future)
  3. Umea, Sweden (Northern Lights and Heavy Metal)
  4. Auckland, New Zealand (Geothermal Days)
  5. Marseille, France (Crime Fiction Capital of the World)
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Auckland, New Zealand

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Street Style in Lagos, Nigeria

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Light Installations in Umea, Sweden

ICB’S TOP 5 MINIMAL GROOVES

No fuss, sophisticated destinations sans the cabs, subways, stress and pounding eardrums. Just simple moves and grooves (and plenty of sunscreen) to get you off the grid.  ICB’s newest relaxed looks, with just the right amount of sharpness for plugged in lounging at our favorite unplugged destinations:

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  1. Essaouira, Morocco (Windsurfing in the Ruins)
  2. Vico Equense, Italy (Press Reset on the Amalfi Coast)
  3. Nova Scotia (Whale Watching on the horizon)
  4. Patmos, Greece (Great Cave Dives)
  5. Northern California (Born to Be Wild: Avenue of the Giants)
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Pool Side in Essaouira, Morocco

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Island Hopping around Patmos, Greece

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Pacific Ocean Highway, Northern California

How to get there? Where to book? And where in the world am I!?!?! We have an app for that. And with that, Happy Visions. Happy Travels.

ICB’S 5 FREE TRAVEL APPS FOR SUMMER:

  1. World Lens (Real Time Translation)
  2. Gate Guru (Track Your flights in real-time)
  3. Viator (Book a free tour now)
  4. Hipmunk (Last minute hotel deals)
  5. Roadtrippers (Your Global Roadtrip Planner)  

-Ana Roman

2014-06-17

Distorted Elegance: ICB's Pre-Fall 2014

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ICB’s pre-fall collection captures pre-future inspiration.  Clean, graphic lines play a stark dance on the body, while sharp folds envelope future-silhouettes. Hues of ultra-red, plus black and white create visionary scopes. We play with textiles by driving forward ideas of today’s futurists and retro-futurists, all with a nod towards everyday modular fashion and understated cool.

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From Markus Genesius “Phantom Images”

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From New York to London, Paris to Berlin, deconstructed, tailored, and strong feminine lines encourage ICB girls to take chances with imagery and experimentation.

We welcome Graffiti-Futurism as the new raw graphic look that captures our attention for the pre-fall season. ICB’s Distorted elegance and opulent minimalism drinks a healthy dose of inspiration from Berlin Artists Sdkaröe and Markus Genesius.

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 Sdkaröe

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Sdkaröe

Color-bars and multi-faceted modernism can be played with by any of these pieces. From day into night, ICB’s pre-fall collection can manipulate the gaze of the viewer, much like digital art, to morph patterns and movement right in front of the eye. Clean Glitch-Futurism without visual noise creates a modern take on our pieces for pre-fall.

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ICB’s polished urban-feel gives way to gritty and geometric lines and patterns that are fun to mix and match, creating heightened basics that flow from business meetings to happy-hour, merging into late night minimal techno soirees. Italian born, Berlin-based artist CT creates movement similar to our separates 

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Mural by CT

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While the summer still holds our attention, we leave you with a timeless and visually-inspired Set-List by world-renowned DJ Marcel Dettmann

Track List:

Black Deer - Chief Big Thumb - RHD-006DEER
Floorplan - Let’s Ride - M-Plant
I - Percussion Overdose - Pod Communication
TFE XX 01 - A Side - TFE XX 01
DJ Qu - Liquid Beats - Strength Music Recordings
XDB - Frocks - Sistrum
Baby Ford - Normal (Is It Normal? Club Mix) - Rephlex
Container - Application (MD Edit) - Spectrum Spools
Vedomir - Music Suprematism (Marcel Dettmann Remix) - Dekmantel
Alex Cortex - Aitiai PT.1 - Source Records
Marvin Dash - Uncut EP B2 - Force Inc US
Anthony Parasole - Off The Grid - MDR 11
Other Lives - Tamer Animals (Atoms for Peace Remix) - 50Weapons

Download here:
http://www.xlr8r.com/podcast/2013/06/marcel-dettmann

-Ana Roman

2014-06-09

NEW ULTRAVIOLET SKIN

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Not all skin is created equal. Customize your summer skin care as you customize your basics, look, and lifestyle.  With your best face forward, start on the inside and work your way out. Beyond the season, and beyond the future, your skin protection is paramount. With skin cancer rising (more than 2 million diagnosed with skin cancer in the U.S. annually) it is time to take our skin to new levels of protection, inside and out.

FREE RADICAL BATTLE:

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Oils, paired with SPF, are the prime barrier against free radicals and dryness. A MUST before putting on sunscreen. Oils like Argan, yangu, and borage-seed oils also decrease inflammation and provide improved skin tolerance. Looking to plump skin while protecting it from the sun? Coconut oil can be your best defense. Vitamin C and grape seed oils provide better absorption when worn underneath sunscreen and moisturizers.

Oil + Hydrator + Mist = The Proof is in the Using.  

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                       ICB’s SUMMER SKIN WISH LIST

 HIT or MIST:  5 Hydrators to beat the Burn

1.    Juice Beauty Hydration Mist

2.    Murad Hydrating Toner

3.    Jane Iredale D20 Hydration Spray

4.    29 Cosmetics Napa Mist Atomizer

5.    Evian Spray Brumisateur Mineral Water

SUPER DEFENSE 2014: ICB’s top 5 SPF’s to Battle Ultraviolet Violence on your Skin

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1.    Renee Rouleau Daily Protection SPF 30

2.    Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30

3.    Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray SPF 30

4.    Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen SPF 30 +

5.    Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 50

Need HYPER-Real Sun Worship that won’t damage your skin? We’re currently sun-inspired by the tunes of Guy Bourdin’s “Swimming Pool” series 

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2014-06-02

Future Luminescence

This summer ICB introduces a new paradigm: future luminosity. 

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Minimalist in scope, maximalist in image- ICB captures attention on a global scale by allowing our eyes to travel in luminosity by featuring all-white holographic palettes and elegantly slivered silhouettes.

Complimented by sleek and warmly robotic faces, ICB’s biggest accessory is simple nude shimmers for this summer’s most effortlessly cool, warm glow:

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ICB’s Top 10 Luminizers:

1.     Benefit High Beam

2.     Nars Illuminator in Laguna

3.     Dior Skinflash Booster Pen

4.     Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight Powder

5.     Benefit Girl Meets Pearl

6.     Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Illuminating Serum

7.     Make Up For Ever Uplight Face Luminizer Gel

8.     Benefit Watts Up

9.     Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color

10.   Laura Mercier Secret Finish

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Robotic Warm Glow

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While we fast-forward into the future, we simply can’t forget to highlight the biggest influence of ICB’s current collection: holography.

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Our future and current inspiration dates back to 1947 when Dennis Gabor  developed the theory of holography while working to improve the resolution of an electron microscope. What he found were colorful prisms, plus a scope of monochromatic “one-colors.” 

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Fast forward to 1968 when Dr. Stephen A. Benton  invented white-light image transmission holography, producing the rainbow of hologram colors we see today. Science, paired with future-fashion, equals ICB SS 2014. Thank you, Science!

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HOLOGRAMS in Action: Yoshiki Classical SXSW 2014 Hologram Piano Battle

2014-05-27

ICB GUEST FEATURE: Tokyo Nail Artist Hana4

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For more nail ideas, follow Hana4 on instagram 

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Take a break from your chores this weekend! Some ideas on how to spend the weekend:

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DUSK MIRRORED COLUMN SILK CDC SKIRT
$245.00
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HIGH TWIST TEXTURAL SCULPTED BASIC DRESS
$425.00
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GIZA LYOCELL COOL JERSEY DRESS
$525.00
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HIGH TWIST TEXTURAL SCULPTED BASIC DRESS
$425.00

2014-05-06

Model Selita Ebanks in ICB's Pre-Fall 2014 Collection

Model Selita Ebanks wore ICB Pre-Fall 2014 Tortoise Shell Jacquard Dress to two events in NYC last night, A Sotheby’s Event Honoring Leonard Lauder for his work for the Alzheimer’s Drug Discover Foundation, and the “React to Film” Awards honoring Katie Couric for her film, “Fed Up.”
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