Kate Middleton Style: ISSA for Banana Republic

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Sketches from the ISSA London Banana Republic Collection

Women around the world love the style of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. One of Kate’s greatest fashion hits was the sapphire ISSA London dress she wore for her engagement press conference.  The gorgeous deep blue faux wrap dress was a perfect match for Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring, which Kate inherited.   Although most women swooned over Kate’s ISSA, the dress was not accessible to all because of the price  (almost $1,000 US) and the lack of availability once Kate wore it. Now Banana Republic has announced that they will make the ISSA brand both affordable an accessible with a new collection of ISSA for Banana Republic  (see sketches above for a preview) to launch in August 2013.

Kate Middleton ISSA

Kate Middleton’s ISSA dress was replicated quickly

Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) reports that ISSA is collaborating with Banana Republic on a 40-piece collection launching on in stores on Aug. 6.   But don’t expect the Banana Republic ISSA collection to have a replica of Kate’s engagement dress.   From Banana Republic statements, it sounds like the collection will be heavy on prints, featuring zebra and giraffe stripes.   Banana Republic does say the collection will feature wrap-tie and pleated dresses in solids, which is more similar to Kate Middleton’s ISSA looks along with accessories.

For more ISSA, check out their lower priced collection at the Outnet on sale now.  The Outnet collection is very similar to Kate’s more demure style and includes full length dresses.



Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.