Superspecial and often straight from the runway, the dresses paraded down the red carpet all year can seem to exist outside of the stratosphere of normal shopping. But not always. While perusing Net-a-Porter.com's huge designer sale, we spotted a few items that looked suspiciously familiar, like the above Dolce & Gabbana dress ($2,328, originally $3,325) that's basically an unembellished version of the one Lea Michele wore earlier this week. Even if the sale price tag still isn't exactly wallet-friendly, a girl can dream. See the other looks we've unearthed here — including one that belongs to a very famous member of the British royal family.
The stress of "meeting the parents" is hard enough without having to worry about what to wear. Our specially curated shop is sure to ease your style woes with its pretty array of dresses, separates, and accessories that's sure to leave a lasting impression on your future in-laws. Look to classic wrap frocks from Issa, classically cut cardigans from J.Crew, smart flats, and refined jewels to complete your look. See all of our picks for more no-fail options for your big day.
Banana Republic's latest collaboration with British label (and Kate Middleton favorite) Issa excited us when we heard the initial announcement. And now, finally, the line is ready to shop a day early for BR card members! The mix of dresses and tops is professional enough for the office but chic enough for a weekend brunch, making it a full collection of smart buys.
It's the moment we've all been waiting for: the Banana Republic Issa London collection is now available to shop online! Inspired by its namesake collection — loved by celebrities and royals alike — the British brand has supplied us with a bevy of flattering wrap dresses, gorgeous tops, and a smattering of chic jewels. With prices ranging from $55 to $140, there's no reason why you shouldn't treat your wardrobe to a piece (or two).
In other saddening splits, today brings speculation that we may have seen the last of the dynamic duo of Kate Middleton and Issa London. Who could forget the iconic image of Vanity Fair's International Best-Dressed List honoree revealing her engagement ring in a blue jersey wrap dress? Issa's ruched waistline details and the duchess's lithe frame seemed like a match made in heaven.
Sadly it seems there is trouble in paradise. Loyal Kate followers will note that we haven't seen her in Issa since 2011's 51 percent stake sale of the London-based company to Dodi Al-Fayed's sister, Camilla, whose family has been outspoken against the royal family since Dodi's and Princess Diana's 1997 deaths. Also possibly not helping matters: Issa founder Daniella Helayel's split from the company.
But all is not lost. Kate still has many go-to designers in her arsenal, and fewer Issa dresses leaves more time for these British labels to get on her social calendar!
After more than a decade of creating beautiful clothing at Issa, the brand's founder, Daniella Helayel, is walking away.
"The time has come for me to move on to focus on my art, travel, and other interests," Helayel said in a statement. "Creating Issa has been one of the most rewarding things in my life. I may be leaving, but the Issa girl will live forever in my heart." WWD reports that at the end of the year, Helayel will be replaced by Blue Farrier, a designer and fashion consultant who has worked at Chloé, Sandro, and Stella McCartney, among other labels.
Farrier will inherit a brand that has expanded quickly in a short time. Helayel first showed Issa in 2001, and eventually earned warm reviews for her chic and comfortable jersey dresses. But in 2010, when Kate Middleton wore a blue silk-jersey wrap dress from Issa to announce her engagement to Prince William, the brand took off internationally.
Following that iconic moment, Issa revealed plans to relaunch the brand in the United States with an ecommerce site and six brick-and-mortar stores.
The new designer's boss, Issa CEO Angelina Ypma, said Farrier was hired to help the company grow. "Her vision and passion will be vital as we expand into new categories and markets and continue the development of Issa into a truly global lifestyle brand."
It seems like it was just yesterday when Kate Middleton and Prince William tied the knot, but as the saying goes, time flies, and today marks their two-year wedding anniversary. In celebration, we'd like to rewind back a few years and toast the day they announced their engagement — and the day Kate made this Issa "Forever" silk-jersey wrap dress ($290, originally $575) famous. The good news? The Outnet just restocked the dress and you can now shop it on sale, and make your own memories in this chic wear-to-everything dress (and also say you own a little bit of royal history!). But shop fast, as sizes and quantities are very limited. Once you're done with your online checkout, don't forget to take a trip down memory lane with our huge roundup of all of Kate and Prince William's royally chic style throughout the years.
Hot off the heels of its Oscar de la Renta collaboration, The Outnet has teamed up with Issa for an exclusive dress collection. The lineup launches online today and is set to feature a bevy of colorful, ultraflattering dresses and gowns carefully selected from the brand's archives, and even more, some of the pieces received a few special tweaks here and there specifically for The Outnet. Needless to say, these pieces would be perfect for all of our upcoming Spring weddings, parties, and events. The best part? Prices start around $250, which is a lot more affordable compared to the brand's runway collection. Take a look at some of the pieces from the collection, featuring the gorgeous Olympia Campbell, in the slideshow, and start shopping!