Saturday, July 7, 2012

I Want This Dress

(Kathryn here)

I guess that's a pretty straightforward title, hey?

A few weeks ago when I went to Las Vegas for the NHL Awards, I was wandering through the wide halls of the Wynn when I spotted a DVF dress in the window. So of course, I had to go in.

I ended up feasting my eyes on the beautiful blue Issa dress that Kate Middleton wore when she and Prince William announced their engagement:

I didn't know that this dress was still available for purchase...but there it was, right in front of me.

As I've mentioned previously, I'm a total sucker when it comes to celeb fashion. And Kate Middleton makes me really want things that are priced a little a LOT uncomfortably high for my shopping budget. Like how I wanted that L.K. Bennett coat she wore last November.

(which reminds me, does anybody know where I can find those red poppy pins? I've always wanted one of those!)

Anyway, it turns out that the Internet told me that the infamous Issa dress was, in fact, available for purchase online.

*Gollum voice* And I wants it.

I didn't want to make all my friends wait for me just so I could try it on, so I have no idea what size I would be in this dress. I guess I could always take a little trip back to Vegas, to see.

Priorities, right? *wink*

For me, wrap dresses belong in the same family as the shirt dress. In other words, I really like them. I haven't quite decided if this dress is really "bucket list"-worthy, but gosh I want it bad. I'd also consider getting it in red, since I really liked that version on Pippa.

Do you ever see something on a celebrity and feel like you have to have it? If so, who are some people who inspire you? closing, I don't have any recent outfit photos to share. But I thought I'd show an updated pic of my eyelashes, three and a half weeks after my initial appointment (sans makeup):

I've definitely shed at least two dozen extensions by now. But I have to say, I'm still pretty happy with my investment, so far.

Thanks so much for reading, and I hope to check back in soon!



  1. I love this dress too. IT's one of those shapes that look good on everyone.

  2. Hi Kathryn - loving the eyelashes. Just wanted to chime in about the poppy pin in case you weren't aware that they're actually for Remembrance Day in Commonwealth countries. Since poppies bloomed in the battlefields of Flanders where so many died in World War I, they have become a symbol for spilled blood and a reminder of our fallen soldiers. So not so much a fashion item! Apologies if you knew this already :)

    1. Hi there! Thanks for your comment. :) I do actually know what the poppy pins symbolize, and I should apologize as I didn't mean for it to sound like I only wanted one because I was looking at it like a fashion item. That's certainly not the case at all, but I could see how it might come off sounding like that.

      Sorry about that! Rest assured, I don't want one just for the sake of fashion. :)

  3. I'm in love with Kate middletons dress too! The version on net a porter is different though because there was no actual tie at the waist on Kates dress...and I'm afraid to pounce on it because I don't know what else they changed. It appears to be the same version that BHLDN is selling and that version has a really negative review!

    1. It's hard to say definitively whether or not Kate's original version had a tie, since I haven't really seen a picture of her from the back. There are a few shots of her from the side that look like there might be a tie though.

      Also (for what it's worth), the original Net-A-Porter item page (from 2010) shows that the dress actually did have a tie at the waist:

      So it's conceivable that Kate simply had the dress tied at the back.

      The current Net-A-Porter version does look like the same version BHLDN is selling on their site. The current version appears to be a "royal" blue as opposed to the "navy" blue which Kate wore. I will say the material doesn't really *feel* like it should be $575, which is another reason I haven't pounced yet either. Then again, I haven't been fully convinced that DVF silk jersey wrap dresses are worth $345+ either, haha. Don't get me wrong, the construction is very nice and the material is a substantial weight...but they're not lined, they're not sewn with gold threads...they're just...a really nice jersey. Haha...

  4. I am a big fan of DVF wrap dresses and I consider them classic so I think you do get your monies worth plus they don't wrinkle so it's great for travel. I've purchased my DVF dresses from her botiques to Nordstrom Rack to eBay and my favorite vintage shops so prices may vary. Also check out sales at Neiman Marcus. I think you should try them on and decide because they are beautiful on, very figure flattering.

  5. Excellent choice! This is a lovely dress (I have owned it for about a year and a half) but you should try it on first. The jersey is very soft and luxurious but it is not lined and you will want another layer to reduce the cling factor, especially in the back. Issa's sizes are smaller than US ones so you might go up a size too. So try it on first! The price has increased since it was first issued - guess it's the Kate effect. If you are a DVF fan this is right up your alley but it's still a splurge. I love it but this is a special occasion dress only.
    There are also some pretty good replicas out there for less, try Nordstrom.
    This dress is currently on sale in Canada at Holt Renfrew - get a Canadian friend to check the sale rack for you. I saw it a few days ago there in kelly green and red.

  6. We have the Issa London engagement dress in 4 colors (volcano, dusk, navy and bordeaux) in stock right now. Check out