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No wonder Cara Delevingne is the most sought after model at fashion weeks across the world, that's all I'm saying. The Instagram-happy model of the moment opened Issa's Autumn / Winter 2013 show yesterday at London Fashion Week, and boy she knows how to work an eager crowd. Leading the pack of Navajo clad models, Cara opened the show wearing a safari printed kimono style dress layered over a cosy looking tutle neck. The look was complete with a structured fedora hat adorned with a super-large feather which trailed behind her making for a fabulous profile for front row onlookers.

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As a label that has a very specific niche, think grown up mature glamour in a refined and reserved way, we were pleased to see a fresh new earthy take from Issa, something we haven't seen much from them of late. Moving on from the pop bright beautiful tropical theme of Spring / Summer, Autumn / Winter 2013 sees a clear Navajo vibe take centre stage. Daniella Helayel, designer for the brand said, "I was inspired by the Navajo American Indians, their traditional ikat designs and the wild predatory eagle".

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The collection began on a series of earthy tones maxi silhouettes which were layered up against sleek polo necks and teamed with belted waists and riding style leather boots. The collection moved on along a similar theme but midi lengths appeared amongst thick waist belts, across body bags and head snoods. Ikat triangle poncho shapes in embroidered jacquards, fur and suede.

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And then the embellishments arrived. It began with more subtle sparkle flecks in fabrics contrasted with tough and earthy shearling trims and details which made for an interesting aesthetic. A modern angle was introduced with pop bright neon jacquard which also came in some of the most beautiful embellishment we've seen in a while. Good work Issa. Check it out for yourself in the vid below.

Issa AW13 6.jpg Gary Stemmett / SDR Photo