IVY PARK: THE ICONS
The luxe athleisure brand for fearless females is back with its AW17 collection. Expect refined and reinvigorated pieces with deconstructed details and asymmetrical silhouettes, boldly stamped with the logo we’ve come to know and love. And who better to showcase the elevated new campaign, than four stars united by the belief that there are no rules or limitations to strength. Meet Laverne Cox, Grace Bol, Karen McDonald and Ralph Souffrant…
You may recognise Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset from the Netflix Original Series, Orange Is The New Black. Pushing the boundaries as an American actress, television producer and Primetime Emmy Award nominee, she’s the perfect poster girl for Ivy Park’s nonconforming aesthetic. “When you try to be perfect, it can block your flow,” she says. “It’s really about leaning into the imperfections, having fun and being free.”
Grace Bol is a model who was born in South Sudan during a war-torn period and relocated to Kansas City as a child. After being scouted in a mall at the age of 10, she now regularly features in the likes of Vogue, i-D and Dazed magazine, and walks for major fashion houses. “Sport is about making the impossible possible. Dream hard, zone out and you will feel like a hero,” she says.
Karen McDonald has been dancing and teaching ever since she landed her first Broadway show in New York after studying at the Dance Theatre of Harlem. “Our strength is being our authentic self, not trying to please, not trying to be something we are not,” she says.
Discovered by photographer Aaron Taylor, model Ralph Souffrant was born in Haiti and moved to Brooklyn at the age of 9. He was signed to a top modelling agency and booked for Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 show within six months. “Before I work out I have the whole world on my back, but afterwards I feel like I could lift a truck! Sport is power,” he says.