Issa Fall 2013: Seventies to the Max

Most of the world may forever associate Issa with the dress Kate Middleton wore in her official engagement photo--but there's a lot more to the brand than just flattering wrap dresses. And designers Daniella Helayel and Camilla Al Fayed drove that point home for Fall 2013. Cara Delevingne opened the show wearing a long-sleeved maxi dress and a dapper chapeau with a massive feather. The hat, which turned out to be a constant in the show, made the theme of the collection clear: It was '70s to the max.
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Most of the world may forever associate Issa with the dress Kate Middleton wore in her official engagement photo--but there's a lot more to the brand than just flattering wrap dresses. And designers Daniella Helayel and Camilla Al Fayed drove that point home for Fall 2013. Cara Delevingne opened the show wearing a long-sleeved maxi dress and a dapper chapeau with a massive feather. The hat, which turned out to be a constant in the show, made the theme of the collection clear: It was '70s to the max.
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Most of the world may forever associate Issa with the dress Kate Middleton wore in her official engagement photo--but there's a lot more to the brand than just flattering wrap dresses. And designers Daniella Helayel and Camilla Al Fayed drove that point home for Fall 2013.

Cara Delevingne opened the show wearing a long-sleeved maxi dress and a dapper chapeau with a massive feather. The hat, which turned out to be a constant in the show, made the theme of the collection clear: It was '70s to the max.

The loose, boho dresses soon gave way to lurex disco-inspired frocks. They were styled with turtlenecks in brown, mustard or black, which kept them from looking too precious. In some cases the styling worked--as with the long sleeved billowy numbers--and in other cases it didn't, as with orange or red wrap dresses with plunging necklines (why have a plunging neckline if you're wearing a dowdy turtleneck underneath?)

Later, the runway gave way to a series of geo printed suits, slightly reminiscent of Prada's fall 2013 collection. If anything, it reminded us that wallpaper from the 70s may prove to be an endless source of inspiration.

Photos: IMAXtree