Issa: glam country appeal

Bringing on a feeling of glam 70s, Issa’s autumn / fall 2011 showing kicked off its London fashion week showing with model Abbey Lee Kerhsaw more than working the catwalk to the sound of Candi Staton’s Young Hearts Run Free. The colour palette was richly autumnal: teals, plums, frosty greys and chocolate browns infused their way into printed silks and thick jersey. The feeling was equestrian-cum-country elegance – but with a masterful injection of sexual confidence.

So how exactly does one inject sex into a collection of bow blouses, jodhpurs, maxi-skirts, and exaggerated horse-inspired ponytails? For autumn 2011 Issa did it by balancing opacity with skin, fabric with form – floor length skirts had high slits, and that which was flowing was counterbalanced by something antithetically skin-hugging. Blouses had keyhole fronts, dresses played with cutaway backs. And like any good county elegance theming, the collection was accessorized with gold – chunky gold, of course.

All the photos from Issa’s autumn / winter 2011 / 2012 can be found below. You can see the entire catwalk, including detail shots, by clicking on the thumbnails and browsing through the gallery.