Midnight Inspirations: Happy Halloween! Boo!

October 30, 2012
Happy Halloween everyone! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I think its one of my favs because I just love dressing up :). I've been planning this years costume for months way before Dots & Minnie were in "fashion"! I blogged about going to Disney world back in May here and how I fell in love with Minnie Mouse all over again while I was there which you can see in another post here. I was supposed to be celebrating Halloween in NYC tomorrow night first at my sister's annual Halloween Party with my niece's and nephews and after at Heidi Klum's. This year I was going to my friend's Amy Sacco's party at #8 too. Unfortunately, this year Hurricane Sandy hit NYC and I am unable to get back to NYC. I am fortunate to be safe and sound. I am not sure when the airports will open again. I have been bumped a few times from my flight! It is looking like my Sunday departure(10/28) will be this Friday(11/2). Halloween will be very different in NYC. I am praying for the city to recover from this disaster quickly. It is hard to do this post when people are out of electricity and half of NYC is under water :( 
I am sending prayers to everyone who has been effected by Hurricane Sandy and wishing everyone a Happy Halloween. I might find myself in a different costume then I had been planning tomorrow night as all my "assets" are in NYC.  
More photos of inspiration while building my Halloween costume can be seen here in my Lockerz Collections 


Behind the Seams: NSCC’s annual fundraising event, Share! Create! Unite! To Combat Bullying!

October 29, 2012

Happy Monday everyone! What an amazing week it's been! Last Monday I had the pleasure of attending the NSCC's annual fundraising event, Share! Create! Unite to combat Bullying
I introduced Cassandra Bankson ( aka Diamondandheels14) as one of their newest Bully Bust #upstanders! As you guys know Cassandra walked in my NYFW show this past September and shared with me her story on how she was bullied for her cystic acne. I've been working with Bully Bust/ NSCC for years and thought this was a natural fit to bring Cassandra on board as a new Ambassador with me! The director of the Bully Movie, Lee Hirsch spoke as well. It was an amazing powerful evening! Thank you to everyone who came out to support! I am so excited to be working with Cassandra to continue to fight bullying in schools and stand up as an #UPSTANDER. Thank you so much Joey Hodges for jumping in to make this night an incredible evening and to all the sponsors and staff of the evening and of course my incredible team. xo, Stacy

Speaking to the crowd introducing Cassandra Bankson

Share! Create! Unite! w Cassandra and Miss Teen New  York Sabrina 
Cassandra, Brian, Me and Ami
Orfeh and me (always love seeing Orfeh)
Josh Madden, Me, Kevin Santucci and Cassandra 
Standing Up with Siggy Flicker
Darlene COO of the NSCC, Lee Hirsch, Me and Cassandra

 Me and Melanie of SavvyAuntie
me (what I wore post coming soon :))
Thanks for the shout out Us Weekly!

Please join me as an Upstander to stand up against bullying! Find out how you can be an Upstander and support ending bulling in schools here!

*All photos credit to: Kevin B. Winebold*

Midnight Inspirations: Meet our October Muse of the Month!

October 26, 2012

Introducing our October ‘12 Muse of the Month, Cassandra!

1. Name: Cassandra Bankson

2. Favorite charity/cause to support and why?  
Putting an end to bullying is a cause I've always been passionate about so I'm proud to be an Upstander for the BullyBust organization. Upstanders are people who stand up to bullying and become part of the solution to end harmful harassment, teasing, and violence in our nation's schools. You can find out more about the organization here and then PLEDGE your commitment to help end bullying!

You can also find out more about my efforts to stop bullying by watching this video! Stacy and I are hosting this "Live Out Loud" contest to put an end to bullying once and for all! Here we share the first round of winners! 

3. Favorite Boy Meets Girl® Item: 
I love the Forever Young Crop top for lots of reasons! One of my favorite things about this top is the fit; it's casual and loose, but still classy. I also love the feel of the light cotton/ The American flag in the Boy Meets Girl® logo is not only symbolic but because it's representative of me so I'm always proud to wear it. 

Who is your muse or the person who inspires you most? Could be anyone!
If you would like to be considered for Boy Meets Girl®'s Muse of the Month see the rules here!  


ps- if you missed Cassandra rock the runway during our "Forever Young" NYFW show, watch it HERE! If you loved Cassandra's outfit, you can get her exact look! check out the items she wore available only on Lockerz.com!

what I wore: 2xist Fashion Show

October 24, 2012
A few weeks ago I attended the 2(X)ist NYFW show! It was such a fun night, and the male models weren't too bad either! (sorry dj blue steel LOL!) ;) Great job Jason Scarlatti and the 2(x)ist team!
With the colder weather it's time to start layering up. I love my new Boy Meets Girl® Julie Jacket! It's perfect to wear to the office and run to an event at night!

Photo Credit via Zimbio

Jacket: Boy Meets Girl® available here! 
Sweater: Scoop NYC
Button up: Equipment
Lapel pins: Boy Meets Girl®
Rings: Boy Meets Girl®
Printed jeans: Hudson
Shoes: Barney's similiar shoes here
Bag: Fendi
Totebag: Boy Meets Girl® 

Hair new: my bangs :) 
blush: Nars Orgasm
eyeliner: Inglot and Urban Decay (glide on pencil)
lip color: Mac (ruby woo)

Here are a few fun photos from the event! Right side Me and the amazing Jason, Creative Director, of 2(X)ist!  Check out 2(X)ist's new line here!

What have you been rocking to events lately?

Behind the Seams: My collaboration with the amazing Jean&Merce!

October 22, 2012
Another New York Fashion Week Behind the Seams™ with Stacy Igel for you guys! I wanted to tell you all about the amazing collaboration I did with indie designers Jean & Merce....

Jean and I have known each other for a long time and it was so beautiful coming together on this special project. Thank you Jean and Beliz for all your hard work and creative juices :)

I love these pictures BTS when we were putting this all together

Here are the incredible pieces we created for the runway! The "Bob" collar and "Joan" hair extensions inspired by my muses for this show! Both are exclusive on Lockerz.com!  And seriously I have not taken off my Bob collar off since NYFW. These pieces are HANDMADE IN NYC. Supporting LOCAL made goods and Saving the GARMENT center.  

 Me and the amazing Jean & Merce team, Beliz Gorgul and Jean Won on the red carpet at the show!
Photo Credit: Kevin Winebold

Check out more photos of the Boy Meets Girl(R) X Jean & Merce items on & off the runway here!

How would you rock these pieces?

Entrepreneurship: Recap of FDNY Fashion Digital Conference

October 17, 2012
Last week I attended the FDNY Fashion Digital Conference held in NYC and produced by Sandy Hussain, my good friend, and Managing Partner of OliviaPalermo.com. The day was all about ways to drive online conversions; selling your product and developing creative business strategies in fashion e-commerce. 


Of course I was excited to attend as a guest but when Sandy asked me to speak on one of the panels I was thrilled. The panel was titled “The Disruptors” and moderated by Vanessa Friedman, Fashion Editor of the Financial Times. The other panelists included Aslaug Magnusdottir, the CEO of Moda Operandi; David Gilboa, founder of Warby Parker; Divya Gugnani of Send the Trend and Nita Rollins, a futurist. A very diverse panel! I didn’t know what to expect but in the end I had a great time and was honored to be part of this distinguished group. Check out this clip from the panel where I talk about our partnership with Lockerz and our “Buy Now Wear Now” Fashion Show for this past New York Fashion Week. 

It was so interesting watching and listening to the other panels and discussions going on at the conference. I started my day listening to the morning Keynote by my friend Greg Selkoe, CEO and founder of Karmaloop and ended with Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSN, the afternoon Keynote speaker. I loved hearing Greg talking about Karmaloop in it’s beginning stages and hearing some of the initiatives that he thought would work but didn’t and those he thought might not work, but turned out to be successful with his followers! When I heard Mindy talk about how she started having town hall meetings to give her employees the personal attention which she says is the key to any successful brand, this really hit home for me because I like to give my team that personal attention too. She said it helped people see her as an accessible boss, and someone who would listen and ultimately benefited the whole company. she speaks from lots of experience, and as a fan of HSN and her work, I found it fascinating!

Who else was there? What was your favorite part of the conference?


Midnight Inspirations: Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

October 15, 2012
Happy Monday! October is as many of you know Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month holds a very special place in my heart. I met Kristen Martinez many years ago at the first volunteer meeting for the Young Survival Coalition for Breast Cancer that I ever went too. When we met she had already been diagnosed with stage 4 Breast Cancer. Kristen changed my life forever. She was a soldier, a fighter but most importantly an incredible friend and wanted to help educate the world on how to fight the battle. Together we worked with Urban Outfitters and Boy Meets Girl(R) with the Young Survival Coalition to raise awareness in every UO store across the country in 2008. We raised over 20,000 dollars through the sale of Boy Meets Girl(R) products which was all donated to the YSC!! I continue to raise awareness every single day though my brand (2010 collaborating with UO again after Kristen passed away and today working with Campus Candy and Lockerz selling these Campus Candy tees where a % of sales goes back to the YSC) as well as being an advocate for the cause. Take time today to learn more and help the fight. See my past blog posts here and then go here to learn more on my efforts to help fight this awful disease. I miss you Kristen!

I encourage all of you to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month in your own way. One of the many ways I chose to show my support this month was with my pink ombre nails!  

DJ MM shows her support by walking in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer (which I walked in in 2003 with my girlfriends). Here she is is with her friends last year. Like their hoodies?! ;)

How do you show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

Midnight Inspirations: NY/London/Milan/Paris Sp'13 Fashion Week Coverage

October 12, 2012
It's been officially 1 month since my incredible NYFW show! (Check out the video here in case you missed it!) I wanted to share with you guys some of my favorite collections from other designers that I admire and some of the trends I captured from their shows that are what I call Igel style (#igelstyle) :)!
Check them out below!

Rose Gold was a prominent theme down Badgley Mischka show. Loved the tie in with shorts! You know I will be eating these up :)

My first trade show I did had 60 designers in it. One of them was Gary Graham. I have always been obsessed with his craftsmanship and artistry. Love these edgy looks and unique prints. Definitely will be sporting the look on the right!
I just love everything Rodarte does. The shoes this season are incredible and look at those pants in the center.  The short sleeve high neck looks seen here where a standout and look I see being big for Sp'13.
In these photos I captured the two designers WHITE PARTY theme that has been strong throughout all designers shows this Sp'13. Make sure you have white in your closet and I we will all have a party.
Jumpers Heaven indeed. If you love Jumpers/Rompers as much as I do then you will love these seen here. I am especially in love of Valentino's version emphasizing the omnipresent brocade theme and of course BCBG continues with the White Party.

I love the roaring 20's and the whole movement of fringe. As you know I designed my own prom dress my senior year and it was an updated flapper dress. So I might need to splurge on this Bottega Veneta version to update my closet. And of course DOTS...they just keep evolving and I love the play of Dots with Stripes done here on the right.  So you won't be removing any of your dot apparel this coming spring :)

The colors seen here are a strong palette seen on the runways. Right side image looks like my dip dye DIY shirt that I did a few month ago. Make sure to note Nude pumps :)
If you can rock a bandeu or crop top or sports bra...then you can rock this look that was very strong down Balmain runway. My goal is to start working on my abs now! Gym anyone.
Love the color palette here muted but sophisticated yet clean. I am obsessed with wearing updated suits and think every girl should have a twist on her menswear inspired suit.

What show (besides Boy Meets Girl®) was your favorite this season?

My tips: Creating a run of show

October 5, 2012
Happy Monday lovely blog readers! I can't believe we're already in October. September just flew by! I've been sharing with you guys a lot of the Behind the Seams™ of NYFW and today I want to share some of my tips for making a rocking run of show. I spent hours and hours this year on our run of show to make sure it was perfect and made my team double triple check and help me make sure it was indeed perfect too(so thank you Djs for your special touches too!)! See below for pictures of the finished product! 

For those of you who don't know what a run of show is...

  • Page 1 - this is always my inspiration for the theme of the show
  • Page 2 - this is optional, but this year I sketched each model wearing the look on the runway! In order to achieve this I had to know what every model would be wearing so I could sketch them exactly and get their hair color and look down right. This can get tricky because a lot of the time we do fittings the day before the show so I had to trust that the outfits I styled the girls in would be exactly what they wore based on their measurements if I did not see them until the day before the show which happened with many of the models! Guess what it all worked out :)
  • Page 3/4- lists each look and article of clothing and is listed in order as you see it come down the runway. 
  • Page 5- Thank you to all the Sponsors involved
  • Page 6/7- Thank you to everyone involved in making the show a huge success
Overall tips:

1. make your run of the show UNIQUE toward your brand and image
2. Thank EVERYONE! In this instance I believe more is ok as putting together a show involves manpower and everyone works very hard to help you make it the best it can be. So thank you's to me are like precious stones :)
3. check your spelling!! And make sure you have other eyes checking your spelling too :)

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What's your favorite part of a run of show?

Behind the Seams: Webseries and Item/Items of the Day!

October 4, 2012
Hey guys!

I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thursday! Over the course of the year you have seen my web series launch exclusively on Lockerz.com where I took you all into the world Behind The Seams™ with me (you can still watch them here).  It was an amazing and a crazy experience to have cameras on me every second while working 24/7. You got to see the real me. There was no acting everything was REAL. I did my makeup and hair for almost all of the episodes unless it was an event or someone was doing my hair and make up for a tip video like the episode with my good friend Tara Smith.

 I was recently asked to be in a BIG network REALITY show but I didn't feel it would be TRUE to ME or YOU to do this particular show as if you all watched my web series you know who I am and I didn't want a show to portray or edit me to be someone I am not. So I recently decided to start my own unedited 45 second videos for you called Stacy's Item/Items of the Day that I will bring you everyday until.... hmm that until can mean many things but I will let you think about that and in the mean time let me know how you like these new dailies with me. They are UNEDITED and REAL. I am telling you about my favorite item or items of the day.
*note these videos are being filmed on my social cam account and then shared onto the Boy Meets Girl(R) youtube account that then get shared onto my Lockerz collection as seen above. I also share these videos on my Facebook Fan page as well as the Boy Meets Girl(R) tumblr account as well as the Stacy Igel twitter. Do you think that is a lot of sharing or what!? But I love to share the love :)

If you want to be featured in the Stacy's Item/Items of the Day, you know where to reach me :)

Entrepreneurship: Fashion Digital New York (FDNY) Conference

October 2, 2012

Can’t believe October is here! The past couple months have been so amazing and crazy preparing for NYFW but now that the show has come and gone, I’m in FDNY mode; the Fashion Digital New York (FDNY) Conference happening on October 10th here in NYC at McGraw Hill Conference Center in Midtown Manhattan. I love working with Sandy Hussain so when asked to be on the advisory board with other incredible leaders in the Fashion Industry which you can see here I of course had to say yes. 
I am thrilled and honored to be speaking on the The Disruptors: Fashion Digital Power Panel with David Gilboa, Founder, Warby Parker, Divya Gugnani, Chief Executive Officer, Send The Trend, and Áslaug Magnúsdóttir, Co-Founder & CEO, Moda Operandi. The panel will be Moderated by Dr. Nita Rollins, PhD, Futurist, Resource Interactive.

my panel time starts @2:45 PM
Panel discussion: The fashion ecommerce market was saturated with dozens of flash-sale sites over the past few years. So much so, that one has to ask – what’s next in e-commerce? This panel explores the new models of doing business online. From Moda Operadi offering pre-order sales, Lockerz offering a new platform for social-commerce, Warby Parker disrupting the eye-wear supply chain, and Send the Trend embracing the subscription model, this panel explores revenues and strategies above and beyond the flash sale.  Join us for a powerful panel of industry leaders and experts who are shaking up how online retail gets done. This power player discussion blends the key topics of the conference into a hard-hitting debate of what works and what doesn’t in today’s online apparel commerce. 

The last time I spoke at a conference was at #Fashion140 last May and that time I was speaking about Humanizing a Brand in the social space. If you haven't seen a clip from it, watch it HERE! So much has happened since then so I am very excited to speak about Boy Meets Girl(R) and Lockerz and the space as a whole:) 

I wanted to give my readers a special discount code so you can be part of the action and join me on October 10th for this amazing conference with incredible industry leaders shaking things up! For a full review of the days agenda click here 
You can get tickets here! At check out use 25boymeetsgirl to receive 25% off your ticket!

Additionally, I will be writing a post after the Conference and sharing with you all so you see how it went and of course I'll include highlights there as well. 

Hope to see you there:)