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Ivey Abitz Summer Collection Evokes Nostalgia, History in Artfully Layered Elegant Fabrics
Ivey Abitz has released its 2014 Summer collection of bespoke clothing for women. It features a modern layered look with edwardian overtones in natural fabrics ranging from florals to plaids.
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Artistic layering is featured in all Ivey Abitz collections, and this summer 2014 collection exemplifies quintessential layering.
Lightweight fabrics, many of which are semi-transparent, are designed to encourage layering even through the hot summer season. The diffused yet colorful palette is soft on the eyes. Varying florals, checks, and plaids play off of one another throughout the layer-oriented look book.
The look book, online at http://IveyAbitz.com, starts off with the new-for-summer Evie Frock and Evie Dress layered together in light summery fabrics. The Evie Dress in Wispy White/Pond Floral Voile over the Evie Frock in Pond Crushed Plaid make a combination that delights in both color and weight.
Three new duster coats follow, each a showpiece in its own right. The Tilbrook, Everett, and Henriatta Duster Coats are new in 2014. They are the lighter, more open offspring of the original Blanchefleur Duster Coat, which premiered in 2012, and is still available for summer.
The varying duster coats provide a new canvas on which Ivey Abitz brings stunning showcase fabrics, such as floral voiles, a pucker striped cotton scrim, and a floral weave made from wood. Long columns of antique buttons, left unbuttoned, create a dramatic proscenium curtain behind which Ivey Abitz displays further beautiful fabrics.
Designer Cynthia Ivey Abitz takes fabric choices seriously and makes them an intricate part of her every collection. Take, for instance, the Isis Skirt from summer look no. 5. The symmetrical cut is interrupted by an off-centered gathering in the front and back that creates an asymmetrical look. But made in Sandy Striped Floral Jacquard, with its wide stripe on a floral background, fabric and design combine to create a skirt that stands apart.
Among the 17 new designs for summer at http://IveyAbitz.com are the Cottage Design Collection. A european scalloped eyelet linen has been set aside for this grouping exclusively. The scalloped edge is featured on the bottom hem of skirts, frocks, and trousers. The linen is washed and softened to give it a laid back appeal. For more formal occasions, it can be flattened and pressed for a more polished look.
One of the standout designs of the summer collection is the Limited Edition Wildefield Frock made in Cobblestone Floral Silk Chiffon. This is a light layering frock that incorporates three major colors of the collection: pond, cobblestone, and sandy. It is so popular, it sold out even before this article went to press.
A similar Limited Edition Wildefield Frock is available in Faded Rose Silk Chiffon to complement the white and black palette of the summer collection.
Ivey Abitz designs for both southern and northern climates. In the north, sweaters and jackets are appropriate even in the summer. Basic but high quality linen knits bring simplicity and softness to the collection in the form of tops that can comfort yet allow you to feel the summer breeze at the same time.
Perhaps summer’s piéce de résistance is the new Delia Duster. Available solely in Cordelia Cream Cotton Lace, this is a very happy marriage of fabric and design. The lace allows the summer sun to shine through, creating magical shadows and silhouettes on the fabric beneath. Its lightness and movement in the breeze or whilst walking bring a certain elegance to summer.
A soft crushed voile provides a companion pop of color to its diffused partner fabrics in the Faded Rose color category. Ivey Abitz uses Faded Rose Crushed Voile in a wrinkled state. When crushed, wetted, and twisted, it takes on a lovely crinkled effect that provides contrast and texture to the summer collection.
The Ivey Abitz look works for ladies looking for light layering with a hint of history and nostalgia in clothes that flow and have a character of their own.
Ivey Abitz garments are made in the USA as they are ordered. Available in 5 standard sizes. Prices vary based on your selection of fabric from their collection (there are 38 fabrics in the Summer 2014 collection). Available exclusively from the designer’s website and Manhattan studio by appointment, http://IveyAbitz.com.
Josh Ivey Abitz