LONDON--As the lights went down at Issa, one man shouted, "Last fashion show in London!", and everyone cheered... until a meeker voice answered, "Men's day tomorrow!"
With most in the crowd skipping the menswear to make way for Milan (or, you know, get some sleep), the Issa show definitely had a last dance atmosphere. The party feeling was further enhanced by some familiar faces in the front row: Lily Allen and sister Sarah Owen, partners in a new vintage fashion venture; Poppy Delevigne, and the ubiquitous Amber Rose all turned up.
The clothes? They were pretty much what you'd expect from the figure-friendly designer's Indian Summer theme. The predominantly silk jersey looks featured sari-style asymmetric tops and plenty of dhoti draping at the hip, in rich fuchsias, purples, royal blues and mustards. In keeping with what we've seen from New York, the midi-length dresses -- particularly one duck egg blue number with a sweetheart top -- looked freshest of all
Vivid lace dresses, however, seemed wan compared to a certain other London designer's work with the material. And we understand that it's important to do SOMETHING with all that leftover jersey, but turbans? Really?
These are dresses to wear to a summer wedding, nothing weightier or more thought-provoking. But isn't pure pretty what you want at the end of a long night of dancing?