Monday, 20 February 2012

LFW - Issa London AW12 Collection








The Issa London show started with some seriously statement prints right from the 'off'. Brightlu coloured paisley was teamed with head scarves and floor skimming trousers. Dresses were worn over printed leggings too - we started to see dresses over trousers a couple of seasons ago but people definitely find it easier to layer over leggings.

The theme for the collection was Trans-Siberian Express, and the collection took us on that journey from Moscow to Beijing. The mood took a turn for 'black tie ball' in the middle with gowns that Pippa Middleton and sister Kate could easily be seen wearing. The red lace dress seemed to attract a gasp from the audience as if to say 'that's the one' while the green, daringly-cut dress was a signature piece that seems to be updated for every season. The coats were really wearable too, cut beautifully and in a practical colour palette (which is always a relief, white just doesn't work in London).

Towards the end of the catwalk show, several Art Deco-inspired dresses wowed us, although you'd need the most amazing figure to pull them off. In the sheerest of sheer fabrics they were little more than lingerie, I'll be interested to see how they'll actually be worn by celebs and socialites. As we reach 'China' on our journey, dragon prints and metallic printed fabrics add some Eastern opulence to the mix.

Fabulous Russian style hats have popped up at a couple of shows, but the ones we saw in this show were by renowned milliner by Stephen Jones (who I wish had a better, more inspiring website). The jewellery used in the show was Boucheron and the amazing towering heels were by Aquazzura. I adored the shoes!

Luckily the collection was not at all 'Idiot abroad' (I just watched the Trans-Siberian Railway episode from series 2 so it was coincidentally fresh in my mind) it was elegant but with some really striking pieces and prints to give things a new feel for the autumn.

Thanks to LG for the ticket to this show.

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