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Tuesday, September, 18, 2012 There is a certain group of young designers with incredible talent in the New York fashion scene and Prabal Gurung, the man behind today's Line We Love story, is certainly at the forefront. A few years after launching his eponymous collection in 2009--which to this day remains one of the most in-demand shows at NYFW--Gurung took on an additional project and became the chief designer of ICB (International Concept Brand). Bringing the brand stateside with its first-ever online runway show back in February, Gurung set out to introduce ICB as an accessible and affordable clothing line for the fun, fashion-forward girl. Melding sophisticated silhouettes with modern design elements, like futuristic mirror prints and patchwork leather, it's no wonder ICB has already developed loads of admirers, including Mila Kunis, Elettra Weidemann, and Elin Kling of Style by Kling. The brand's F/W 12 collection, out now, is filled with seasonal must-haves galore, like a lace-embellished shirtdress and cozy knits, so don't miss all the details on our favorite pieces and read on for our exclusive Q&A with Gurung himself! Last, but certainly not least, be sure to check out the winning Pinterest board from our Pin It To Win It contest with Barneys New York and ICB.

Stretch Wool Twill Dress ($425)
ICB's take on the fluted hem-fall's new dress silhouette-is sure to be a smash this season. A bright orange hue keeps it playful and modern, while thin slashes along the front give it a bit of edge. Style it with the line's shrunken leather bomber jacket and ankle booties, and you'll be ready for a night out on the town.

Leather Jacket with Fur Collar ($1395)
This cropped leather jacket with a removable fur collar may be a hefty investment, but think about the kind of wear it will get this season. It's the perfect piece for throwing over a free-flowing frock for a girly biker look or layering over a casual tee for a weekend outing, making it a versatile outerwear choice you'll cherish for many seasons to come!

Melting Lace Print Silk Dress with Lace Yoke ($465)
For the sophisticated and stylish working girl, the Melting Lace Print Silk Dress with Lace Yolk is a must. The black and red lace detail is completely on-point for fall, plus the banded waistband lends the frock a figure-flattering shape.

Double Layer Hem Sweater ($250)
Winter calls for an assortment of cozy knits, so why not start your collection now with the Double Layer Hem Sweater. Equipped with not one but two layers and contrasting shoulder caps, this sweater is anything but ordinary. Keep it simple with a pair of skinnies, or layer it over one of ICB's printed collared blouses for a preppy result.

Small Brush Stroke Print Silk Blouse ($350, available late September)
Printed blouses are a dime a dozen, but what sets this silky button-up apart from the rest is its black and white graphic print and thick black trim. Why do we love it? The neutral color palette means it can easily be paired with another print, like the brand's Relaxed Kaleidoscope Pants ($350) or Brush Stroke Skirt ($375).

Kaleidoscope Print Cotton Mini Skirt ($295)
One look at this vibrant mini and we were immediately spellbound. Combining a bold symmetrical print with extended side panels, the skirt is a bona fide statement piece, one that will energize your winter wardrobe in a flash. Just be sure to keep it center stage with neutral accents.

Q&A with Prabal Gurung
What inspired the start of your design career?
I had taken to sketching at such an early age and always knew that fashion in some capacity was in my future. After studying in India I apprenticed with Manish Arora, which was such an incredible, hands-on experience. That definitely helped me narrow down the type of designer I wanted to be.

What was the inspiration behind this season's collection?
The girl. I wanted to create a fun, young collection that was both accessible and fashion-forward. The ICB girl is confident and smart but doesn't take herself too seriously. I drew a lot of inspiration from the girls I see throughout the streets of New York.

How would you style specific pieces from this collection? Do you have a favorite piece in the collection?
The leather dress with a full skirt and exposed zipper is one of my favorites because of the patchwork leather construction and its tough femininity.

What kind of girl do you envision wearing your clothing? The cool girl who wants to look polished. It's a new alternative to ripped jeans and a leather jacket, more pulled together but equally effortless.

How does your design process for a collection start?
Each season is inspired by something different whether it's art, music, a particular era, a book, my travels... the list goes on. Once I narrow down my direction, I pull together my mood board and it all ensues from there. It's important for everything from the fabrics, textures, prints, silhouettes, and colors used throughout to tie back in somehow and tell a story in some way or another.

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