Resort 2016 sees Issa taking inspiration from the wild style of the late 70's and early 80's: the prints, the glamour and the attitude. Rock n' roll aesthetics become colourful with mimosa yellow, tangerine orange, royal blue and aqua marines. The prints are raw, the shoulders bigger and the dresses backless.
Symbolic of the excitement and adventure of the jungle, animal prints represented freedom of spirit for women in the 1930's - when the prints first started gaining popularity. Exotic and alluring, snake and leopard print are the patterns of choice this season, popping up throughout the collection in a range of styles.
Geometric diamonds and shapes are placed together to make snakeskin arrangements:
Pattern through texture
The design team have also worked to reflect the prints through different embroidery, knit and jacquard techniques.
The woven yellow and white rouleaux in this stand out jacket mimics the speckled snake print, creating an intricate cross hatch graphic effect:
An abstract animal print is recreated though diamond, roundel and bugle cut bead embroidery:
Each Issa garment has a sense of movement through draping, folding and smocking. For Resort 2016, this is juxtaposed with structured elements.
Strongly defined shoulders feature heavily in the collection, reminiscent of the power dressing that dominated the 80's. As women gained more independence in the workplace, the shoulder got wider - not only in the 80's but also during World War II. They instantly add a touch of attitude to the collection.
Cinched waists and leather belts compliment the powerful look:
Issa's signature fluidity is contrasted with interlinking metal finishing:
While the asymmetry introduced last season is continued with the introduction of one-sleeved pieces:
The interlinking metal and one sleeve pieces reveal glimpses of the skin as the collection focuses more on the body beneath the clothes:
Backless dresses and jumpsuits continue the celebration of the female body and create a bold, sexy and elegant style.
The Resort 2016 collection is playful but maintains a sense of feminine sophistication and combines powerful, important moments in the history of fashion for women, signalling a new strength and confidence for the Issa silhouette.