Isaora’s F/W 2013 collection became available on their website earlier this week and, as usual, the line delivers some of the most innovative cold weather gear available. In addition to an edited down mainline collection compared to their substantial F/W 2012 offerings, the designers, Ricky Hendry and Marc Daniels, introduced a new diffusion label dubbed iO, consisting of equally stylish and, more importantly warm, essentials – albeit without a few of the bells and whistles that allow the Isaora mainline to command such a high price, such as fabrics sourced from Italian mills and Made in New York construction.
For this year’s F/W collection, Isaora chose to refine some of the brand’s strongest ideas. The result is a smaller offering than what we’re used to from the label, but an equally covetable one nonetheless. Many of the label’s past highlights return for 2013, including their office-ready tailored sweatpants and grey knitted sweats, each with minor adjustments for the new year. The Italy-sourced poly/cotton blend used on the sweats and matching sweater is especially impressive. The down quilted crewneck pullover, a fan favorite and also one of the more daring and practical pieces from last year, also returns in a garment dyed grey and teal. The quilted down shirt is also returning – this year’s iteration is available in anthracite printed black and red. No knee-length option this year, sorry hypebeasts.
A number of exceptional new items are present as well. The down-filled M-65 has the winter jacket game locked up, as nothing else we’ve seen this season will keep you as warm and crispy at the same time. For those who are toying with ditching the all black look you picked up midway through 2013 in the new year, it also comes in a muted winter camo that, as Isaora’s website states. Also present: the most minimal, and probably warm, bomber yet. Additionally - one of the more wearable down-filled blazers to have come out in years.