Banana Republic & Issa London’s Limited Edition Collection Launches Today

by Katie on August 8, 2013

Banana-Republic-Issa-London-CollectionIf you’ are clamouring at the heels to replicate Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s style or just love Issa’s relaxed easy-to-wear print dresses then get ye’ to a main branch of Banana Republic today before the rails are depleted.

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It’s been announced for some time but my main thoughts around this brand collaboration was the ideal fit. I own more than a fair share of Banana Republic’s pieces as they never seem to date and are non-seasonal or trend specific – that’s their appeal, as well as the cut, the colour and the simplicity of their look. From wide satin beige pants to the perfect black trousers and a copious amount of ideal professional ‘work’ dresses. Ditto Issa. Issa London dresses are my fall-back choice when I’m devoid of ideas or lack an oomph re dressing for an evening out or a professional meeting. The original colourful print, the wrap styling, the easy-fit, can be styled up or down as one sees fit. In fact, popping into Pure London trade show at Olympia at the weekend made me realise just how many small to mid brands still try to replicate Issa London’s flair. Numerous collections appeared as if the main source on the mood boards for their inspiration was Issa London.

milly_look_04milly_look_08So what’s the Banana Republic/Issa London collection like? ‘Inspired by the safari roots of Banana Republic’s heritage and the spirit of an exotic  journey’, seemingly.

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Issa London’s signature aesthetic, that emphasises versatility with the ability to make a statement day-to-night is all present and correct in this collection. The collection infuses romantic colours with elegant draping, creating a look that easily transitions from summer to fall.  And the collection is sizeable. At almost 40 pieces, there’s choice from apparel through to accessories in Issa London’s signature styling.  Exotic prints of zebra and leopard are infused with neutral and jewel-tone hues. To colour clash with accessories and hosiery or not? You decide. Choose from zebra print kimono-sleeved dresses to bold, rich pebbled leather envelope clutches.  Jewellery includes statement gold chain necklaces and bracelets as well as leather wrapped bangles. The collection includes a  petite selection and will range in price from tops (£29.50) to dresses (£75.00) with jewellery and accessory pieces ranging from £25.00 (bangle), clutch (£39.50) to a tote bag (£99.50).

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