Issa Resort 2015
There is something especially captivating about the images from the Resort collections each year. Seeing the subtly styled, holistically vision for a label and the promise of it’s wearability off the catwalk is tantalisingly sweet.
Issa, Brit-born with Brazilian roots, is no exception to the rule. This year, it presents a carefully-collaged collection of solid cutout forms, painterly florals, abstracted leaf motifs in milky blues, coral, tropical greens, black and white. It’s has a sense of 1960s nostalgia, a silhouette of 1970s elegance and a fresh palette of now. Boxy shapes with structured flutes and large-scale scollops, stylised waves and the hint of a peplum take us on an oh-so-sophisticated tropical adventure with a quick sojourn back through the French Riviera.
There is undoubtedly an influence of art and sculpture to this collection. Issa’s creative director Blue Farrier says, “I was intrigued by Picasso’s muse, the painter Françoise Gilot, and I wondered where she and other influential female artists like Barbara Hepworth or Niki de Saint Phalle would holiday, and how they would dress there”.