We wouldn’t be doing a very good job at cataloging Catherine Middleton’s style statements if we did not at least mention The. Blue. Issa. Dress.
As almost everyone knows, the Issa frock was worn for the couple’s announcement of their engagement in November 2010.
The color was stunning on the bride-to-be. Silk jersey is a marvelous textile; it is flattering without being too revealing; the ruched neckline kept the deep vee from appearing inappropriate, and the length was in keeping with the occasion.
It was simple yet elegant. Here is how the dress was described online:
Electric blue Issa dress is sassy, a perfect special occasion dress and the colour is amazing. Issa has built up a reputation for getting the fit perfect to the body, the designer understands the body and an Issa dress will flatter your shape no matter what shape or size you are. With Issa once you understand the twist and drape that works best with your body you will be a customer for life.
The designer is Brazilian-born Daniella Helayel; she founded Issa in 2001.
Clearly, Ms. Helayel knows more than a little about draping.
Miss Middleton’s notable accessory was her engagement ring, the same worn by Lady Diana Spencer upon her engagement to Prince Charles.
More on the designer from Fashionotes:
“And Middleton is only the latest in a line of celebrities to don the label; others include Madonna, who wore Issa’s teal, pheasant-print jersey dress on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006; Scarlett Johansson; Kylie Minogue; Keira Knightley; Sharon Stone, and Jemima Khan.”
The dress was available for a brief time at Joseph M and Net-a-Porter but quickly sold out before being reissued. As of 12/12, it remains available in limited sizing at Harrods and My Wardrobe, among other shops. There are plenty of other Issa choices available online, many stores now offer the brand, including Shopbop and Bloomingdale’s.
Moving on, we do adore how the prince described his decision to use his mother’s ring:
…my way of making sure my mother didn’t miss out on today and the excitement. “It’s very special to me,” he said. “As Kate’s very special to me now, it was right to put the two together.
All of it worked extremely well on the future Princess.