Tag Archive: Orla Kiely

Sep 13 2014

Fashion Week Diary: LFW SS15 – Day 2

My-style-reiss-coords-5Day 2 can sometimes be the hardest day to get going during fashion week, I think it is because the first day is always a little bit of a shock to your system. But today has been fun, I’ve seen some great presentations, I’ve enjoyed celeb spotting at House of Holland, Rita Ora has a new under-cut if you care, and Holly Fulton showcased a really strong monochrome collection. As well as all that fashion, I hung out at The Apartment, had my hair done, again, this time I went for a fishtail braid, and I raided their wardrobe and picked put some fab new accessories mainly this beautiful Kurt Geiger handbag, which is just the most perfect shade of red.

LFW-SS15-Orla-Kiely-2My first show of the day was a cutie, Orla Kiely, which is always well attended as no one doesn’t like adorable dresses, quirky accessories and an entertaining approach to showing off a collection. In previous seasons we’ve had a Mad Men-style typing pool and a safari backdrop, and for SS15 we got an English country garden, where the models planted the blooms and artists painted flowers on clear screens. As always I have left wanting to be an Orla Kiely girl, to skip around in the summer sun wearing my gorgeous floral smock dress in chunky platform heels.


From the English garden I went to the beach for Markus Lupfer’s latest collection, complete with a camper van and cocktail bar. The collection was fun and wearable and every cool girl in the house, sadly not me, was probably already making a mental note of the items they needed to make SS15 magically. I really loved the jacquards, the holographic metallic and the casual silhouettes, it was just cool, and it was another step forward into making his line a great ready-to-wear label that isn’t all about statement sequinned jumpers.

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Next up lunch, another burger, sorry but I can’t resist GBK, more chat with friends, and then a mad dash to Holly Fulton as I go completely got carried away with just relaxing. I’m so glad I did haul my arse over to Somerset House as Holly was on form and put together a stunning monochrome-heavy collection, which was an ode to “sun-workship, folk art and free expression” and it was beautiful.

Holly’s coats are always a highlight each season and this black and white graphic print really stood out. I also loved that she contrasted the monochrome with gorgeous hues of lemon and a turquoise blue. There were also some incredible sunglasses from her Cutler and Gross collaboration, as well as some stunningly embellished evening gowns.


I had a little bit of a break between Holly Fulton and the House of Holland show so I set about shooting today’s look – this gorgeous monochrome co-ords from Reiss that I got at The Apartment’s pre-LFW event. I wouldn’t normally have gone for this look, a little too scared of rocking an all-over print, but Reiss’ fabulous personal stylist convinced me to try it on and I absolutely loved it and I hope you guys do as well.

As the Reiss trousers and top combination looks is a little bold, well for me anyhow, in fashion week terms I probably looked very tame, I went for a statement look with a fishtail braid with a lot of volume from the Blow Ltd team, I think it worked well but I did feel like it was a little wild at the back. This look also needed great accessories, of course the Kurt Geiger bag, the red really pops, and as I was running around all day I went for my comfortable Clarks, a block heel does make everything much better, and the finishing touch were my Swag and Stare red framed glasses that are still one of my favourite pairs of glasses.

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My Style: Polka-dot tapered trousers, Reiss (c/o) // Polka-dot top, Reiss (c/o) // // Black ‘Susie Deva’ sandals, Clarks (c/o) // Glasses, Swag & Stare (c/o) // Watch, Shore Projects (c/o) // Red Saffiano tote, Kurt Geiger (on loan from The Apartment) // Hair by Blow Ltd at The Apartment //


Then I was on to my last show of the day, House of Holland, which is always a blast, the music, the starry-cool front row and the fun collection. He always brings the best soundtrack and this season it was more heavier than usual with his colourful collection striding down the catwalk to Purple Haze. Inspired by groupies, this was a print-heavy collection, lots of flower power going on, and more embellishment detailing than I had seen before from Henry. My favourite piece had to be this blue glittery polka dot print parka, which I am sure you will see in a number of festival edits come spring.


**All pics mine, except the ones of me they were snapped by Jaclyn from Bumpkin Betty**


Feb 04 2014

Shopping: Orla Kiely x Clarks Now Online


The gorgeously retro Orla Kiely x Clarks collection is now available online and all you really need to decide is whether you are a Matilda, Milly, Maggie, Mary or a Marianne – as each pair from the spring/summer 2014 collection is amazing.

From closed-toe Mary Janes to wedges and vintage-inspired slingbacks, each pair of shoes from this fabulous collection will brighten up your wardrobe and you will be willing summer to come along. My favourites have to be the navy and cream version of the Marianne, which could be easily worn with tights until the weather gets better, and the red Milly slingback Mary Janes flats.

Prices range from £90 for the flats to £120 for the platforms – but seriously who can resist the glossiness of this collection.

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Dec 09 2013

Shoe Lust: Orla Kiely x Clarks For SS14


There is something about that Orla Kiely that instantly appeals to me, I just love the charming prints and the retro-tastic styles, and I am always a fan of the designers presentations at London Fashion Week. This spring/summer 2014 show was incredible, packed but amazing, and as well as loving all the clothes and accessories the shoes in collaboration with high street footwear retailer Clarks was one of the highlights.

Last month I got to have a closer look at the Orla Kiely x Clarks collection and I was blown away by the pieces that will be on sale from February for as little as £90. There are six styles in the capsule collection from vibrant block platforms to 70s-style wedges, feminine mid-heel shoes, and my favourite the slingback Mary Jane flats. As well as loving the bright yellow, red, blue and green hues, I adore that each pair features the designer’s signature Orla Kiely floral print.

What can be better than stylish, colourful and comfortable shoes – seriously lusting after the whole collection.

Are you excited about the Orla Kiely x Clarks collection?

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Sep 26 2013

LFW SS14: The Orla Kiely Safari


Orla Kiely is always one of the most eagerly awaited shows of London Fashion Week due to the brands full on creative concepts, last year was a Mad Men-style typing pool and this year’s spring/summer 2014 was glamping in Africa.

The safari-themed set, with the camp backdrop and prop animals, accompanied to ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ soundtrack really set the mood from the word go, it was like a scene out of a Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ movie and left me wanting to join the Orla Kiely girl guides!!!

The collection itself was as good as the set up with gorgeous safari prints, adorable statement tops featuring animal embellishments, lace skater skirts, and shirt-style dresses. It was feminine, playful and styled to perfection with knee-length socks, chic berets in black and soft pink, and cute animal shaped cross-body purses.

As with any Orla Kiely collection the prints are always the main focus, I adored the safari prints that included giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and lions, which looked incredible on 70s inspired silhouettes.

So Orla Kiely where do I sign up to become part of the troop?

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Sorry for my pictures, last year it was calm and fun to see this presentation, this year it seemed everyone in London had an invite with a queue around the block and literally 10 people in front of me so I viewed thanks to my long arm reach!!! At times all I could see was this – so I thought I might as well as share my view!!!

To get a better feel for the collection and safari presentation view the short video that the BFC recorded:

Feb 21 2013

LFW AW13: Orla Kiely’s Typing Pool


One of my favourite LFW shows had to be Orla Kiely’s Mad Men-style presentation, complete with typing pool, gorgeous sixties silhouettes and retro tunes.

It wasn’t just the clothing that had stepped back in time, the gorgeous Elms Lester Gallery had been transformed for the creative presentation with retro typewriters, circle dial telephones, and even a ‘Typing Pool, Quiet Please’ sign. Every detail was considered right down to the post – so chic!!!

It is presentations like this that makes fashion week so much more than just about seeing the latest collections, this was an up-close, fun look at the super stylish autumn/winter looks of a brand that is known for its retro feel. I loved the way the models interacted with one another, they played the part well, and it was nice to see the inspiration behind a collection rather than read it on show notes.

There were lots of items I loved, especially the use of Barbie pink, I have to get that long-sleeved bright pink wool dress – it is so pretty, I also loved all the coats, the squirrel adorned cardigans and the luxurious daisy velvet Jacquard coat – seriously this was one stylish office!!!

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[Pics: all by me, Fashionista Barbie]

Feb 29 2012

LFW AW12: Orla Kiely – Afternoon Tea Dance

I love catwalk shows but I do adore the intimacy of a fashion presentation and it doesn’t get any better than being transported back to the 1920s to see the Orla Kiely autumn/winter 2012 collection. Set in a tearoom, decorated with Orla Kiely branded wallpaper, complete with a gold disco ball, it was the most relaxing spot of Day 1 at London Fashion Week. I was in heaven sitting watching gorgeous models/dancers wearing retro prints on tea dresses, t-bar shoes and sparkly socks, glide around the dance floor to the tunes of a live swing band, while I munched away on very tasty cakes, which were my only nourishment of the day.

The collection inspired by James Clavell’s film ‘To Sir, With Love’ was simply charming with its delicate blouses, tea dresses, dainty shorts, and prom dresses, but it was all the details that caught my eye from the pleats, metallics, peter pan collars and oversized buttons, as well as the gorgeous purple and red shades.

It was simply gorgeous to be taken back in time, taken away from stress of the LFW frenzy, and it was mesmerising watching the models waltz about the floor. Other than wanting the entire collection, the very cool lampshade, seeing this presentation has really made me want to learn how to dance.

My afternoon tea dance companions were the lovely Alex and Sherin – if only we could have danced that would have been the cherry on top of the delicious Bakewell tart that I ate!!!

The next day I went to the RelativeMO presentation and got to see the handbag collection up close – full of ladylike vintage-inspired pieces with gorgeous bows and metallic shades. I think my bag collection is going to get a lot bigger I loved it all.

Aug 21 2011

Dress Loving: Orla Kiely For People Tree

I saw this dress in Look magazine this week and I was completely mesmerized by it. Designed by Orla Kiely for ethical fashion brand People Tree this gorgeous red sleeveless prom dress has the most adorable tea-cup print on it. Made completely from 100% organic Fairtrade cotton this beauty with its gathered skirt and cute bow is £85, I love it in red but it also comes in a jade green. I don’t know about you but I love it!!

Other pieces in the collection are also lovely including a leaf printed yellow trench coat, £150, and a gorgeous hand knitted cardigan with contrasting detailing, £160.

[Pic: People Tree]
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