Middleton-ify your closet: Issa x Banana Republic launches tomorrow!

Remember when Kate Middleton and Prince William announced their engagement? Madness ensued over the beautiful 100% silk figure-flattering Issa dress the future Duchess wore. I was not immune – I called every Holt Renfrew location in the area hoping to get my paws on the dress but had zero luck. Three years later, it *will* be mine…in the form of Issa’s highly-anticipated collaboration with Banana Republic. The 40-piece collection ranges in price from about $39.50 to $170 and includes dresses, separates and accessories. It launches tomorrow – August 8 – at Banana Republic locations and online. Some of you might even have an email in your inbox allowing you to shop the collection online today 😉

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the collection’s dresses:

Banana Republic Issa Collection Banana Republic Issa Collection

Do you see what I see? Here’s the (mega-pricey) Issa original:

Kate Middleton Issa Engagement Dress

And here’s the Banana Republic x Issa replica of Kate Middleton’s engagement dress!

Banana Republic Issa Kate Middleton Engagement Dress Replica

There are a few differences, of course. Instead of being 100% silk, this version is jersey. It also features three-quarter sleeves and a tie-waist along with the original ruching. At $160, it’s way more affordable than the original. So much so that there just may be another dress or two on my wishlist. If we’re being completely honest, I want pretty much all of the dresses in the top row.

Banana Republic Issa Collection animal print dress Banana Republic Issa Collection Emerald Green

This spotted dress below *almost* looks like my favourite leopard print and in my signature shade to boot.

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It’s already been spotted on Naomi Watts and fashion blogger Annabelle Fleur from VIVALUXURY and looks to fit just as fabulously as I hoped it would. Speaking of fit – the collection is also available in petites!

See the rest of the collection by clicking through this gallery:

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This collection looks like it’ll transition perfectly from day to night. These polished, pretty, bold styles in beautiful figure-flattering silhouettes will quickly become closet staples and, given how strong the Middleton effect is, will probably sell out quickly as well. Speaking of effects, I wonder if that engagement dress has any magic left in it… 😉

 What’s on your wishlist?

** All images courtesy of Banana Republic