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Red Carpet Fall Preview

Ivey Abitz Bespoke Appears Opening Night at the Garry Marshall Theatre

Carolyn Hennesy wore Ivey Abitz Fall preview ensemble to the opening of the Garry Marshall Theatre, where she starred in a production of Master Class.
Carolyn Hennesy wore Ivey Abitz Fall preview ensemble to the opening of the Garry Marshall Theatre, where she starred in a production of Master Class.

 

Emmy award winner Carolyn 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.

Carolyn Hennesy interviewed in Ivey Abitz bespoke by George Pennacchio of KABC-TV, Los Angeles, at the opening of Master Class.
Carolyn Hennesy interviewed in Ivey Abitz bespoke by George Pennacchio of KABC-TV, Los Angeles, at the opening of Master Class.

Carolyn Hennesy talking to the press at the Garry Marshall Theatre wearing Ivey Abitz Fall Bespoke.
Carolyn Hennesy talking to the press at the Garry Marshall Theatre wearing Ivey Abitz Fall Bespoke.
Carolyn Hennesy with cast of Master Class, wearing Ivey Abitz.
Carolyn Hennesy with cast of Master Class, wearing Ivey Abitz.
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Why Ivey Abitz Matters to the Earth

Earth Day in Ivey Abitz
Earth Day in Ivey Abitz

Ivey Abitz Garments – Good for the Earth

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.

Shocking Statistics

– 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.*

Uplifting Solutions

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.

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Add the Grasmere Designs to Your Ivey Abitz Wardrobe

meet the grasmere designs by ivey abitz

 

How to Incorporate the Grasmere Designs into Your Ivey Abitz Wardrobe

Grasmere Frock drawing by Ivey Abitz

The Grasmere Concept

The Grasmere design family consists of the Grasmere Frock and Grasmere Trousers.

 

The lines normally found in a landscape oil painting are translated here to flatter the body with comfort and ease for years to come.

The undulating texture and rhythm along the entire bottom hem is like beckoning hills on the horizon.

 

Grasmere Designs in a Spring look by Ivey Abitz

Grasmere Features

The Grasmere designs make a subtle expression of beauty using intricate details and lines.

The appliqué detail gives visual depth, especially when you choose a striped fabric or a plaid weave.

Pockets at the side seams make everyday life convenient with elegant ease.

Grasmere VersatilityGrasmere designs by Ivey Abitz

The Grasmere designs mix and match with ease into an existing Ivey Abitz wardrobe.

If you are just beginning your Ivey Abitz collection, consider the Grasmere Designs as a solid base to build on.

The Grasmere pairs well with:

 

Grasmere TrousersGrasmere Trousers by Ivey Abitz

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.

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Understanding the Three Spring Fabric Palettes

ivey abitz spring fabric palette
Fabric swatches for Ivey Abitz 2017 Spring

 

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.

- Elliot Jacket in Blackbird Bouclé Knit - Blanchefleur Frock in Blackbird Plaid Challis, High Water Length - Cilla Slip Frock in Dove Striped Voile, Flood Length
Elliot Jacket in Blackbird Bouclé Knit
Blanchefleur Frock in Blackbird Plaid Challis, High Water Length
Cilla Slip Frock in Dove Striped Voile, Flood Length

 

Weaves like the Blackbird Plaid Challis and Moonlit Meadow Vine Weave are so versatile that they can be worn for everyday or special occasions.

- Wilhemena Duster Coat in Moonlit Meadow Vine Weave - Windrush Frock in Moonlit Meadow Houndstooth, High Water Length
Wilhemena Duster Coat in Moonlit Meadow Vine Weave
Windrush Frock in Moonlit Meadow Houndstooth, High Water Length

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.

Ivey Abitz Spring Look No. 17
Chittister Shirt Jacket in Blushed Double Layered Voile
Montmorency Frock in Blushed Meadow Floral Voile, High Water Length
Montmorency Frock in Blushed Double Layered Voile, Low Water Length

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.

Ivey Abitz Spring Look NO. 13
Fairholme Jacket in Morning Meadow/Blackbird Softest Knit
Fairholme Sash in Peony Meadow Cotton Voile
Tilbrook Frock in Peony Washed Plaid Silk, High Water Length
Ivey Abitz Spring Look No. 50
Canterbury Cardigan in Blushed Cashmere Knit
Tollie Frock in Sparrow Grey Softest Cotton Twill, High Water Length
Tollie Frock in Sparrow Grey Wispy Silk Voile, Low Water Length
Ivey Abitz Spring Look No. 30
Highbridge Duster Coat in Sparrow Grey Open Weave Knit
Blanchefleur Sash in Flock and Moon Cotton Voile
Montmorency Frock in Blushed Double Layered Voile, Low Water Length

 


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.

Ivey Abitz Spring Look No 2
Inglenook Shirt Jacket in Plumseed Crinkled Cotton Gauze
Inglenook Vest in Hummingbird Double Layered Linen Scrim
Canterbury Frock Hummingbird Washed Linen, High Water Length
Ivey Abitz 2017 Spring Look 1
The Arthur Hill Frock in Feather Vine Weave and the Inglenook Frock in Flock and Moon Cotton Voile are excellent garments for mixing and matching within the palette.

 

Ivey Abitz Spring Look No. 20
Inglenook Shirt Jacket in Plumseed Crinkled Cotton Gauze
Inglenook Vest in Hummingbird Double Layered Linen Scrim
Inglenook Frock in Flock and Moon Cotton Voile, Low Water Length

I hope this helps organize your thoughts as you discover your favourite fabrics from this Spring Collection.