LF: We are so excited about your collection! Can you tell us a little bit about it?
The collection is called Nordstrom Signature and Caroline Issa and it has just been launched in 54 Nordstrom stores in the US and online at nordstrom.com. I had so much fun designing it; it’s a seasonal capsule collection made up of 25 essential pieces, which will come out four times a year. It’s for women who are super busy and don’t have much time to plan what they wear but still want to look chic and elegant. My favourite pieces are the classic shirts, a fantastic leather jacket and a blue double breasted suit.
LF: You are an expert at putting together colour and wearing print. What are your tips for introducing these into your everyday wardrobe without feeling overwhelmed?
CI: For me, I would wear a leather coat with a pink dress underneath and think it’s totally normal, but I realise that that is further than most women want to go! The best thing is to start with easy layering pieces; I recommend investing in colourful or printed blouses that you can wear underneath solids. So, if you have a black suit, try investing in a peach or baby blue blouse instead of the usual white or grey ones.
LF: What are the three pairs of shoes that you think every woman should own?
CI: Every woman needs a good pair of flats and I would go for classic loafers. I would also say a very high Jimmy Choo stiletto and lastly, a kitten heel – it’s the most practical heel for running around in.
LF: When it comes to bags, what do you think makes the perfect everyday bag?
CI: I travel a lot and don’t want to be constantly shifting all my bags around, so for me, functionality is key. At the moment, I’ve been using a Prada bag that has two compartments and a middle pocket, which is great for carrying around my laptop. I also love the 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 hour travel bag; I can shove all my gym stuff in it or use it if I go away on an overnight stay.
LF: Where do you like to shop on the High Street?
LF: How do you like to play around with jewellery?
CI: Typically, I love tiny little layered pieces for my everyday wear. But when it comes to earrings, I love statement ones, especially huge crystal chandelier pairs from J. Crew or Prada. I love the fact that as long as your earrings are amazing, you can dress as plain as you like.
I recommend investing in colourful or printed blouses that you can wear underneath solids. So, if you have a black suit, try investing in a peach or baby blue blouse instead of the usual white or grey ones.