Fashion fit for a Duchess at Issa Spring Summer 2015
Once a safe, go-to brand for women including the Duchess of Cambridge, since Blue Farrier’s takeover as creative director in 2013, Issa has developed a bolder, more playful image. Retaining Issa’s classic feminine silhouettes and features such as draping and print, Farrier has simultaneously reimagined the brand into something more edgy. Farrier’s “Issa Woman” is modern, fun and likes to make a statement.
Strong prints did the talking at Issa’s London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 Collection. Horses were a motif in this season’s offerings, appearing emblazoned across a range of dresses and skirts. Farrier mixed vivid colors and large prints to eye-catching equine results, in one case playing with perspective through the addition of a long stretch of black fabric intended to resemble a horse’s tail. Horses were not the only print to turn heads at the show however, as patterns for Spring/Summer 2015 included dancing legs, abstract lines and daisies.
Sharp tailoring ensured that pieces retained a strong sense of maturity; yes, Farrier’s Issa woman is fun, but she is also sophisticated. Panels of sheer fabric, bandeau tops and exposed midriffs hinted at a more provocative side to the otherwise playful ensemble.
Models’s hair was worn ultra-sleek, and accessories were forsaken. These touches, alongside the matching black, open-toed platforms worn by all who trod the catwalk tied the eclectic prints together.