LFW: Issa


Issa London Autumn/Winter 2011

Where: Somerset House
Joanne Black style: Jitrois leather leggings, Golden Goose check shirt, black Miu Miu boots, a Brunello Cucinelli cardigan and Prada jacket

Brazilian-born Issa knows how to put on a show. Her star-studded audience – which included Princess Beatrice and boyfriend Dave Clark on the front row – were treated to a collection of leather trousers, beautiful red capes, jersey and stretch wool outfits and wannabe red carpet dresses.

The clothes, however, told a very British story. Prints narrated a day in the capital – among the building and bad habits – and the grey and overcast weather influenced the autumn/winter colour palette. People watching also played a huge part in the designs. Issa describes being inspired by taking a black cab around London – and by watching faces at The Wolseley, Scott’s, China Tang, Annabel’s and Dover Street Market.

As well as fabulous pieces – model Alice Dellal dazzled in a halterneck dress and I already have my eye on the floor-length asymmetric black dress for my upcoming Oscar party – there was some great statement hair on show. Barry Martin and stylist Malcolm Edwards should be applauded for their attention to detail.

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week is back, and it’s bigger, brighter and better than ever. This is a week dedicated to fabulous advanced previews, stunning collections and inspired fashion – both on and off the catwalk. Fashionistas go to Paris for chic and they come to London for edgy street fashion. With Spring/Summer 2010 collections from everyone including Betty Jackson, Vivienne Westwood, Osman, and up-and-coming designers from St Martin’s Lane College, London Fashion Week has enough statement pieces to fill my own wardrobe – and those of  my clients – many times over. Let’s take a look around…

Naomi Campbell hits the runway for LFW once more

Naomi Campbell hits the runway for LFW SS10

LFW Day 3: Issa London

Location: Somerset House
Joanne Black Style:
Paola Frani catsuit; YSL tux white jacket; Christian Louboutin shoes and a Sergio Rossi clutch.

Naomi Campbell-joanne-black

Naomi Campbell takes LFW by storm

The collection: Why is it after so many years on the catwalk Naomi Campbell still has the best legs in the business? Opening designer Daniella Issa Helayel’s Sunday evening show to thunderous applause, Campbell oozed style in a white sequined swimsuit. Issa describes her work as ‘practical, fluid and chic’, and with a tropical storm themed show – covering everything from sexy shorts and satin blouses, to cool trousers and her signature white ant festooned T-shirts – her collection was just that.
The wish list:
I loved the stormy gun-metal, off-the-shoulder, one-arm dress that fell to just above the knee.
The style:
Daisy Lowe stole the show with her short black sexy dress and fab YSL killer hills.