The whirlwind that was Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week has come and gone, and that can only mean one thing: London Fashion Week, here we come. Our first day was off to a roaring good start, with a jam-packed schedule that included a peek at Topshop's NewGen designers, the Todd Lynn show, a chat with Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist, the Antipodium show, and plenty of that famous London Fashion Week street style. Along the way, we also spotted some of our favorite fashion faces: The Kills's Alison Mosshart, Kate Lanphear, Derek Blasberg, and Leigh Lezark.
And what better end to a perfect, nonstop day than this: Issa's gorgeous Spring 2013 show, which we were lucky enough to snap from the front row. An inside look at all that and more, right here, in the first installment of our Spring 2013 London Fashion Week diary.
Tropical prints and luxe, breezy silhouettes in bright hues made Issa's Spring lineup just the sort you'd look to for your next beach vacation. Designers Daniella Helayel and Camilla Al Fayed tapped into Helayel's Brazilian roots with a tropical-inspired turn, right down to the orchids adorning every model's hair. True, the more attention-getting prints may not be for fans like Kate Middleton, but they were gorgeous to watch all the same, on a set of maxi dresses, jumpsuits, and top and trouser sets. As for the looks Kate Middleton would wear, a lineup of brilliant jersey dresses wrapped at the waist fit the bill. Others with a sexier twist, via cutouts, are a testament to the label's modern femininity and overall likeability — they're the kind of easy, beautiful dresses women want to wear.
- Trends: Brights, tropical floral prints, jumpsuits.
- Colors: Bright red, orange, fuchsia, green, citrus tones, and cobalt blue.
- Key Piece: While the tropical prints are beautifully whimsical, the solid cobalt gown with the plunging neckline is stunning.
- Accessories: Strappy sandals, gold bangles, cuffs, and chunky statement necklaces.
- Who Should Wear It: We hope to see Kate Middleton in any of the solid, brightly hued gowns.
For Spring 2013, Daniella Helayel's Issa line is headed to paradise in the form of botanical prints, floral embroidery, and vibrant sunset hues. According to the show's notes, the designer was inspired by "the all-encompassing tropical leaves and plants" that one might see on an exotic beach holiday, and thus this season's batch of dresses came in breezy silhouettes so romantic they were just begging to be taken on a seaside stroll. But don't let the "Garden of Eden" theme scare you: Issa has made a name for itself by creating pieces that are feminine and pretty, yes, but also utterly wearable — and there's plenty of those options here. One mixed-print pants look in vibrant fuchsia, for example, would work just fine on any city street, while a series of embellished-hem fit-and-flare dresses in solid hues could easily go from day to night anywhere — and are sure to tempt Issa's biggest fan, Kate Middleton. And what about those knotted and draped jersey gowns in vivid hues that turned up midway through the show? Well, those are so sexy it's pretty easy to imagine them turning up on a red carpet sometime in the near future, too.
LA's Sunset Tower Hotel — where Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are currently calling home — hosted a fabulous party for Rachel Zoe last night as she was being honored by the LA Gay and Lesbian Center. The woman of the hour showed up in a fabulous velvet vintage Versace that she picked up from Decades in LA, and slick-straight hair that, according to her hairstylist Joey Maalouf, was inspired by Cher. The always fashionable Abigail Spencer, Garcelle Beauvais, and Fashion Police's George Kotsiopoulos also made stylish appearances. Step inside to find out what they had to say about their personal style, as well as award season.
Kate Middleton's affection for Issa dresses may have made the brand a household name across the globe last year, but Issa has been creating feminine dresses for years now, and Spring 2012 was no different. Figure-flattering shapes — shifts, empire maxi dresses, caftans, and even some halter swimsuits — debuted on the runway in a variety of prints and color. Stay tuned for our full review, but in the meantime, check out the full line here.
>> Camilla Al Fayed, the 26-year-old daughter of former Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed (and half sister to Princess Diana's boyfriend at the time of her death), has bought a 51 percent controlling stake in Issa. The London fashion label made headlines worldwide last year when Kate Middleton revealed her engagement in an Issa dress, and Middleton continues to wear pieces designed by Daniella Helayel, who founded and funded the company until now.
Al Fayed will take the title of chairwoman and plans to oversee global expansion of the brand, while Helayel, who continues to hold a 49 percent stake in the label, will remain as creative director. “The investment will help to grow the business and take it to the next level,” said Helayel. “I looked at a lot of investors, and Camilla came with the best fit. She has the infrastructure behind her, she’s well connected, and she will open a lot of doors.”
Al Fayed, for her part, noted that this could be the first of a series of investments, adding: “I believe in Daniella’s creativity; she is a friend; I admire her passion and drive, and I see potential in making Issa a global lifestyle brand.”
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- Camilla al Fayed buys Issa — Vogue UK
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>> Kate Middleton's sartorial diplomacy is already winning accolades. Arriving Thursday in Ottawa, Kate kicked off her 11-day tour of Canada and the US in a lace dress by UK-based, Canadian-born designer Erdem. Middleton reportedly has quite a few more outfits planned for the trip — 30 looks in total — and if the first few are any indication, more nods to both her home country and host countries are in store. She did not bring a stylist or dresser with her, but appears to be moving away from wearing so many High Street designers. Click through to see all of Kate's travel outfits, with more to come as the trip continues.