Issa’s Garden of Eden brings colour & life to LFW (at last)

by Katie on September 16, 2012

Last season, Daniella Helayel travelled from Russia to Shanghai for inspiration. This season, Helayel appeared to have stopped off in Shanghai but been transported back to a New York ‘Studio 54’ style version of the city where Oriental disco chicks with orchids in their hair rock long, languid looks and  sway and sashay in vivid brights and digital prints with a ‘Garden of Eden’ theme.
It was a welcome life kick to a season where shows have so far shown a surfeit of monochrome and sheer. At last, here was a fun collection where every single outfit breathed sexiness, wearability and downright sassiness.
The Issa woman ‘Garden of Eden’ collection brims with electric colours, bold natural prints and ultra feminine dresses, all-in-one pantsuits and print on  print silk tops paired with wide pants. Helayel showed that she can mix her signature bodycon slips and traditional Issa print wraps and kimono styles with silk jersey, stretch ’70s shapes which hugged the body and flashed flesh through keyholes, slashes, weave fronts and halternecks, smouldering to the hot catwalk disco beat. This was sheer energy.
Prints were inspired by the all-encompassing tropical leaves and plants, dotted with colourful flowers and exotic fruits with prowling tigers and birds flying overhead.
Tones of orange, purple, electric blue, bright pink, yellow and jade green lifted the mood at the end of this long Day 2 of London Fashion Week. There was humour, sensuality and abundant confidence in this collection. These were clothes to enjoy life and revel in it. Drink martinis, flirt, dance and laugh. There’s a whole lot of life in the Issa woman. 
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