Ivey Abitz Bespoke Appears Opening Night at the Garry Marshall Theatre
Emmy award winnerCarolyn Hennesy graced the red carpet in an Ivey Abitz bespoke ensemble last weekend at the opening night red carpet gala for “Master Class.” She stars in the inaugural play at the new Garry Marshall Theatre in Burbank, California. Carolyn plays the lead role of world renowned Opera diva Maria Callas.
We made Carolyn’s opening night bespoke ensemble from our upcoming Fall/Winter fabric palette. It features the Palliser Duster Coat in a rare embroidered silk taffeta; Palliser Shirt in an ivory plaid silk; and Lydia Trousers in silk velvet.
Read on for photographs of the gala, as well as a link to the KABC news piece featuring Carolyn looking absolutely stunning in her Ivey Abitz bespoke.
We encourage all of our clients in Southern California and the surrounding area to go see Carolyn in the play. Support a fellow IA friend and this wonderful new nonprofit theatre. For info and tickets, visit the Garry Marshall Theatre website.
In celebration of Earth Day, we’d like to give you a few Earth-friendly reasons to wear Ivey Abitz.
Good Design Lasts Longer
Most of the world wears fast fashion. These are garments meant to be worn for part of a season based on the latest trend. They are then tossed into the landfill and replaced with the next trend.
Ivey Abitz outlasts fashion trends because good design simply does not expire. With proper care, Ivey Abitz garments can be heirlooms that are passed on to the next generation.
Quality Construction Lasts Longer
Fine stitching and bias bound seams give Ivey Abitz garments longevity and comfort. Most mass-produced garments use serged internal seams. This is unsightly, scratchy, and often leads to unravelling during the first wear or washing.
Natural Fibers are Better
Ivey Abitz uses the highest quality natural fibers like linen, wool, cotton, and silk. Synthetic fabrics have dangerous environmental drawbacks because they are a type of plastic made from petroleum. They will take hundreds, if not thousands, of years to biodegrade. Often synthetic fibers irritate the skin and don’t allow it to breathe naturally. Not only are they environmentally hazardous, they are uncomfortable.
– According to the EPA, 84% of unwanted clothing in the United States in 2012 went into either a landfill or an incinerator.
– In fewer than 20 years, the volume of clothing Americans toss each year has doubled from 7 million to 14 million tons, or an astounding 80 pounds per person.
– The EPA estimates that diverting all of those often toxic trashed textiles into a recycling program would be the environmental equivalent of taking 7.3 million cars and the carbon dioxide emissions off the road.
– Trashing clothes is a huge waste of money. It costs New York City $20.6 million annually to ship textiles to landfills and incinerators.*
Ivey Abitz garments are, in part, a reaction to the fast fashion environmental crisis in the world. We want to put long-lasting beauty onto the Earth and not clog it up with trends that end up in the landfill.
Thoughtfully designed and well-made clothing becomes an invaluable part of our everyday ritual of life. It is as important as the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the roofs over our heads. The clothing, or second skin, then becomes a profound reflection of what is underneath, and what it is comforting and protecting.
When you invest in thoughtfully designed garments that last, you are simultaneously loving and saving the Earth.
Happy Earth Day!
* There are informative articles about fast fashion documentaries and journalism. Here we referenced Alden Wicker’s article, “Fast Fashion is Creating an Environmental Crisis,” Newsweek, September 1, 2016.
The flowing legs in the Grasmere Trousers give you the ease of pants and the flattering comfort of a skirt.
Our favourite way to pair them is with an everyday treasure, the Arthur Hill Shirt. The graceful curved lines in the Arthur Hill echo the appliqué “hill” details along the bottom hem of the Grasmere Trousers.
Suggested Fabrics for the Grasmere Frock
Choose one of our sturdy striped cottons, vine weaves, or our staple plaids for everyday wear.
Choose our silks for a special occasion, and the Grasmere Frock suddenly changes from an everyday essential to an heirloom piece that is perfect for weddings, anniversaries, and parties.
The 54 fabrics in the Spring collection are divided into three color palettes. With so many fabrics, how does one choose?
Here are some ideas, directly from the artist…
Palette 1: Sparrow Grey, Blackbird, and Moonlit Meadow
This portion of Spring 2017 includes rich blacks and various hues of neutral greys with a hint of deep green. This palette is at the heart of many Ivey Abitz wardrobes. With all season weaves, you can wear garments from this portion of the collection from season to season for years to come.
Weaves like the Blackbird Plaid Challis and Moonlit Meadow Vine Weave are so versatile that they can be worn for everyday or special occasions.
Palette 2: Blushed, Meadow, Peony, and Flaxseed
This pièce de résistance palette is at the center of the collection and ties all three collections together as a cohesive grouping. “Bridge fabrics,” as I call them, are ideal choices for mixing and matching all three collections together within a wardrobe.
A Fairholme Jacket in Meadow/Blackbird Knit effortlessly connects Palette One to Palette Two. The Canterbury Cardigan in Blushed Cashmere Knit along with dusters and frocks in Blushed Double Layered Voile connect this core palette to the other two palettes.
Palette 3: Hummingbird, Plumseed, and Feather Brown
Varying hue levels of plum and lavender blend in with the feather brown hues, creating a cohesive collection all on its own. Adding a garment in Blushed and/or Meadow from Palette Two expands your ensemble options exponentially.
I hope this helps organize your thoughts as you discover your favourite fabrics from this Spring Collection.