Banana Republic Blatantly Baits Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton in various Issa dresses. Photo: Getty Images

Issa, the British fashion brand that catapulted to international fame when Kate Middleton wore their blue wrap-style dress for her and Will's engagement announcement, is collaborating with Banana Republic on a pre-fall collection. A press release states:

The nearly 40-piece collection includes apparel and accessories in Issa London's signature figure flattering silhouettes ... Exotic prints of zebra and leopard are infused with neutral and jewel-tone hues... Covetable women's pieces range from zebra print kimono-sleeved dresses, to bold, rich pebbled leather envelope clutches. Jewelry includes statement gold chain necklaces and bracelets as well as leather wrapped bangles.  Apparel includes petites and will range in price from $69.50 (sweater) - $150.00 (dress); jewelry and accessory pieces range from $39.50 (bangle) - $150.00 (tote).

Distilled into four words: Kate's post-baby wardrobe! This is Issa's first major collaboration, and part of a major expansion catalyzed by Kate's patronage.