Full of color and electricity, Boy Meets Girl® by Stacy Igel lit up the runway with their “Invasion Collection” on Wednesday, February 13th. The collections are heavily inspired by the 90s “Cool Britannia” culture, known better to us Yanks as the music period of Oasis, Blur, and The Spice Girls. The Invasion theme spans their Classic Collection as well as two new lines: GIRLS and University. Not only highlighting fashion, Igel teamed up as an Upstander Ambassador with national bully prevention campaign, The BullyBust Organization, which provides over 2,000 institutions resources to help battle bullying in school communities.
The show kicked off with a veritable 90s classic, “Say You’ll Be There” by The Spice Girls as the GIRL collection captivated the audience. Looks for the debut junior line are bright and fun with a side of edgy. Igel emphasized that her Invasion collections are age defying; attitude is timeless! We saw school-spirit personified in stylish yet comfortable wear in the University Collection. And Igel really wowed with her Classic Collection looks, one of which includes a show-stopping amethyst suede skirt.
R&B recording artist Leah LaBelle performed her latest single, “Lolita,” produced by Pharrell. LaBelle gave a high-energy performance while the models wove back and forth through LaBelle and her backup singers. Celebrities in attendance included actress Rosario Dawson, reality television stars Teresa Giudice of Real Housewives of New Jersey, and former Real Housewives of New York City star Alex McCord.
We had a chance to chat with Stacy Igel, Creative Director and Founder of Boy Meets Girl®, about her commitment to activism and what’s next for her brand. Igel stresses that she loves doing something bigger than just making clothes. “While fashion is something that changes from season to season, one thing that never goes out of style is giving back to the community and doing good,” said Igel. She has previously advocated for breast cancer initiatives among other causes.
Igel recently launched the Boy Meets Girl University program to support students with an interest in fashion and design that might not otherwise afford the opportunity to do so. “I like to think of myself as a mentor for these aspiring students. The door is always open for them to contact me in the future,” she said.
Igel hopes to expand her line to include intimates, legwear, accessories, cosmetics and fragrances, to name a few. Additionally, she hopes to work with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and hinted at a Boy Meets Girl® brick and mortar location in the works soon!
This is a guest post by Stephanie Viggiano, iFabbo member. Stephanie is a current graduate student in Media Studies at The New School and works as a media freelancer. She also is founder and blogger at accessories blog, The Shoulder Strap. You can follow Stephanie on Twitter at @sviggiano.