4 posts tagged "Issa"
“Retail kismet” was how creative director Simon Kneen described the timing of the Banana Republic Issa London Collection, which debuted yesterday with an event at the retailer’s Soho flagship. The launch comes just two weeks after the world’s royal fever was reignited with the birth of Prince George. Kate Middleton put Issa on the map in 2010, when she announced her engagement to Prince William while wearing a teal wrap dress by the London label. Her frock, of course, sold out straight away. A similar style is featured in the collaborative capsule, and Kneen was happy to report that the BR version, too, sold out almost immediately. (Compared to Kate’s original, which went for over $500, the BR version will only set customers back $130.) That look wasn’t the only highlight in the new lineup, which included a range of easy day dresses in playful prints and bright colors, as well as statement-making costume jewelry, envelope clutches, and T-strap sandals. “The thing that drew us to Issa is its iconic silhouette, which works so beautifully on so many different body types. It’s clingy in all the right places and soft where you want it to be,” said Kneen, who pointed out other favorites, like an intarsia-knit shift and a kimono-sleeve number with an allover pop-art zebra pattern. “I call it ‘human camouflage,’” he said. The red telephone box and classically clad Beefeaters stationed outside of the store got shoppers in the U.K. spirit.
Choosing a chic jumpsuit requires an editorial eye, and clearly, Likuna Karkashadze (pictured) has one. It doesn’t hurt that fashion journalist and stylist Natuka Karkashadze is her sister. The Georgian stunner paired her lavender paisley one-piece with simple black stilettos and a mini bag, which made for the perfect look to wear to the Paris fashion shows. Street-style photographers wasted no time snapping her photo, either. We liked her getup so much that we rounded up four of our favorite printed jumpsuits, from Stella McCartney to Issa, to try out now.
From top left to right: Stella McCartney slash-detail jumpsuit, $673.50, www.theoutnet.com; Issa silk-jersey jumpsuit, $920, www.stylebop.com; Etoile Isabel Marant floral jumpsuit, $397.50,www.lagarconne.com; Thakoon Addition jumpsuit, $525, www.net-a-porter.com.
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Remember the blue Issa dress that Kate Middleton wore at her engagement announcement? Now, the dress is being reissued for Online Fashion Week, but there will only be five available on the Selfridges Web site. [Vogue U.K.]
Gloria Estefan has joined Wilhelmina’s celebrity roster alongside Fergie and Estelle. Wilhelmina’s chief says, “She’s truly an icon and we see tremendous opportunities for her in the fashion and beauty world.” [Page Six]
Simon Doonan has a new book, due out next month, titled Gay Men Don’t Get Fat. In the meantime, he has some other advice: “Throw away your work clothes and wear party clothes for the rest of your life.” [Hint]
The CFDA has rejected Milan’s request to cancel New York’s final day of shows. The day they are requesting to cut includes runway shows from Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein Collection. [WWD]
Is three the charm for Louis Vuitton? Following last season’s ad campaign, with Christy Turlington, Natalia Vodianova, and Karen Elson, the label is reportedly featuring another trio for its Spring ’11 ads: Kristen McMenamy (left, who closed the Spring show in painted-on zebra stripes), Freja Beha Erichsen, and Raquel Zimmermann, shot by Steven Meisel. [WWD]
Missed last night’s Victoria’s Secret Show telecast? Our own Tommy Ton was backstage—and he and collaborator Justin Wu captured a few of the girls lip-syncing along to a Cyndi Lauper classic you won’t see in the show. [Jak and Jil]
Margherita Maccapani Missoni is the lateset style star to take on daily-style-blogging duties at British Vogue‘s Today I’m Wearing online feature. Today? You guessed it—she’s wearing Missoni. [Vogue U.K.]
Red Carpet Fashion Awards notices an uptick in menswear-on-women: Leighton Meester wore Thom Browne to the Gotham Awards in New York, and Jessica Alba (at the Footwear News awards), Lara Bingle, and Winona Ryder (at the Black Swan premiere) followed, ahem, suit. [Red Carpet Fashion Awards]
And if you liked Kate Middleton’s now-famous Issa dress—the one she announced her engagement to Prince William in—good news: It’s coming to Net-A-Porter. In January. To your N-A-P “Wish Lists,” ladies. [Huffington Post]