IVY, the world’s first Social University of emerging leaders and creators, introduced its IVY Emerging Designer Program with a magnificent fashion presentation by fine-artist-turned-designer Angelys Balek at The High Line Hotel during New York Fashion Week.
Angelys Balek’s fine art background shined through-out the collection. The colorful and ethereal prints complimented the equally ethereal silhouettes inspired by the festive atmosphere of the Full Moon Festival. The prints featured in the new collection were a collective fusion of watercolor works painted by members of her brand during a trip to Phuket, Thailand. Balek’s namesake collection launched in the US in 2013 to critical acclaim, including a nomination as a finalist in WGSN’s Global Fashion Awards, as well as editorial praise from Elle, Marie Claire, and Vogue Thailand, and has been recently featured in Harper’s Bazaar, as worn by Dree Hemingway.
The event concluded with a fun collaborative performance by singer/model Kate Nauta and Chris Liggio of Epic Records’ Lipstick Gypsy. Balek’s designs were complimented by the historical and captivating architecture of The High Line Hotel’s Refectory. Heavy hitters within the fashion world and influencers alike including DJ Chelsey Leyland, Chloe Norgaard, Team USA’s Kristi Castlin, Dani Song, THINX co-founder Antonia Saint Dunbar, and actor Anson Mount were present. The event was hosted by Miss USA 2015, Olivia Jordan.