ICB is celebrating a year since it re-branded and reinvented itself as cooler, edgier and younger, to align with a New York sensibility. It had reassigned design duties, going from a single creative director to a joint, in-house approach based in Japan. For a third collection in a row, it succeeded tremendously (its elongated, near-floor-length sleeves from fall 2016 still have us reeling). This season, an intermix of tougher outerwear and fluid silhouettes made it the most varied collection to date.
The lineup took its cues from glacial summits, resulting in an athletic undertone that mixed with the brand’s feminine roots. At the presentation, models stood atop podiums of varying heights within machine-created fog, a reference to mountainous heights.
Lightweight layers in asymmetric cuts and lean silhouettes took on a palette of pale mist, soft pastel hues and tones of gray, while sporty jackets and pants alluding to mountain gear were rendered in pops of cobalt and punchy red. These mountain pieces were the most evident iterations of the theme and, along with thermals, sharp tailoring, shearling and thermal wool, provided weight, accented further with tough carabiner belts. As for the elongated proportions introduced last fall, they were applied this season on plush angora and alpaca knits. They likely wouldn’t weather harsh elements, as they seem more suited to a casual day of après-ski.