Style on Trial: Issa printed dress

Issa_dressGiven our lasting love for bows, you’d think we’d also love pussy bows, on dresses, blouses and anything else they can be added to.

You would be wrong, though.

While we do like some pussy bows, we tend to think they’re the kind of thing that should be used with caution, lest you end up looking like a secretary in a bad sitcom from the 1970s. We think that’s what could happen to anyone wearing this dress by Issa, which is available at Net-a-Porter for £415.

Too many patterns. Too many colours. (Yes, we know there are technically only three, but somehow the style and pattern makes it look like there’s more). Too heavy a reliance on the aforementioned 70s as a source of inspiration.

In other words: we don’t like it. But do you? Tell us, readers: is this dress guilty or innocent of crimes against fashion?

12 Comments

  • August 13, 2008

    gokarm

    Well, much like the Celia Birtwell post earlier…too much look. I like some of the elements, and the fact that they’re so disturbing and in your face…but it’s not edited, so it’s just a hot mess.

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  • August 13, 2008

    Amanda

    Guilty. It looks like something Jack Sparrow would wear.

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  • August 13, 2008

    Cadi

    If this dress were all one color, say black, or an emerald green, I’d probably love it.
    As-is, no thank you. I think that walking down the street in this dress might provoke epileptic seizures, and who wants that on their conscience?

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  • August 13, 2008

    Arielle

    Guilty.

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  • August 13, 2008

    Diana

    Guilty, definitely.

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  • August 13, 2008

    Chica

    Have to side with the guilty voters but it isn’t the worst thing i’ve seen – it’s just the weird class of the patterns that pushes it over the edge

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  • August 13, 2008

    Danielle

  • August 14, 2008

    sarah

    speaking of celia birtwell… i would rather wear this dress than those messes from yesterday’s post! but unless it was some sort of wear or die, then there is no way i would ever voluntarily wear this

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  • August 14, 2008

    Megan

    love the design,
    just the pattern / colour that lets it down!
    shame really.

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  • August 14, 2008

    Sarah

    OK, if they didn’t mix the patterns of the colours (i.e. had it all in one colour) this might have worked. As is? No…way.

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  • August 15, 2008

    me

    Not guilty!
    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=2883010

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  • August 15, 2008

    Rock Hyrax

    Guilty

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