For Spring 2013, Daniella Helayel's Issa line is headed to paradise in the form of botanical prints, floral embroidery, and vibrant sunset hues. According to the show's notes, the designer was inspired by "the all-encompassing tropical leaves and plants" that one might see on an exotic beach holiday, and thus this season's batch of dresses came in breezy silhouettes so romantic they were just begging to be taken on a seaside stroll. But don't let the "Garden of Eden" theme scare you: Issa has made a name for itself by creating pieces that are feminine and pretty, yes, but also utterly wearable — and there's plenty of those options here. One mixed-print pants look in vibrant fuchsia, for example, would work just fine on any city street, while a series of embellished-hem fit-and-flare dresses in solid hues could easily go from day to night anywhere — and are sure to tempt Issa's biggest fan, Kate Middleton. And what about those knotted and draped jersey gowns in vivid hues that turned up midway through the show? Well, those are so sexy it's pretty easy to imagine them turning up on a red carpet sometime in the near future, too.
Issa Spring 2013