Our new Orla Kiely collection for the season has been another smash hit and as a little celebration we’re taking a look back at where it all began. This video takes you behind the scenes of Orla’s SS15 London Fashion Week show back in February. Perfect for a little retro inspiration.
Girl-about-London and fashion blogger Olivia (What Olivia Did) styled up our block heel sandal Orla Betty on a day trip in her native South London. This sandal is a must-have from our capsule collection with Queen of Prints Orla Kiely. Olivia’s look sees high-waisted denim teamed with 70s inspired boho lace and a vintage wicker bag. Pop on some oversize shades and that’s retro spring style nailed.
Create a new take on sports minimalism by teaming an oversized t-shirt dress with our Trigenic Flex. Already a big hit with sneaker freaks, this pioneering design is made using moccasin construction and has a three part decoupled sole that flexes with the foot. Finish your look with the Tigley Spring clutch – its clean lines will add an architectural edge to this effortless off-duty outfit.
To celebrate 65 years of the Desert Boot, we’ve teamed up with design driven accessorise brand Herschel for an exclusive collaboration. Available in navy and grey premium suede, the Herschel Desert Boot features colour-dipped lace aglets, a contrasting tumbled leather tongue and a soft chambray lining for a look that blends timeless functionality with modern design.
With the sun we’ve been enjoying, now is the perfect time to start assembling the building blocks of your new season wardrobe. Model and fashion blogger Samio has teamed our Hotel Bustle shoe in navy leather with ripped and rolled jeans, a classic striped tee and sunglasses for a fresh take on summer in the city. Start building your new style now…
This season there was a white-out on the runways and now that summer has arrived this hue is good-to-go. Take a detox from clashing prints and patterns with all white sandals, backpacks kimono tops, and courts. Our Geta Block sandals feature a geisha inspired look using an ultra-lightweight cork wrapped sole – meaning they achieve that must-have chunky appearance but they’re light enough to wear on long summer days.
World famous fashion blogger Megan Ellaby – Pages by Megan takes our Orla Beryl platform shoes down to Brighton.
‘The most beautiful shoes I’ve ever had the pleasure of owning and definitely my all-time favourite pair.’
We think it’s fair to say she likes them.
As part of our series on working in the fashion industry we catch up with Men’s Buyer, Fee Pearce, to find out a little more about working in buying…
How I got here…
I’ve always been creative, but to begin with my interests were in Fashion Journalism. I studied Fashion Management and then took an internship at WGSN, but found myself drawn to Buying after learning more about what it involves. I got a job in London working for an outdoor clothing company as an assistant on their Buying team and soaked up everything I could. I’ve always wanted to work for a global brand so Clarks was a natural next step for me.
My advice for breaking in to fashion…
Accept the fact it’s going to be competitive so make sure you stand out from the crowd – be passionate, deliver your best at all times (even if it’s making your boss an awesome cup of tea) and always arrive early!
Worst advice I ever got…
A difficult manager once told me I shouldn’t make any mistakes, which is ridiculous. Making mistakes is sometimes one of the best ways to learn, and as long as you’re not doing it all the time, also one of the best ways to identify how to improve a process or challenge the status quo.
The weather! Recently our seasons in the UK have been particularly unpredictable. As a Buyer it’s my job to know what the consumer is going to want from us a year from now, but in the last couple of years the weather has meant it’s been hard for us to plan for transitional points in the season. I’ve found myself asking our designers for boots in spring and canvas in autumn!
My go-to look…
Everything in my wardrobe is black at the moment! It’s easy chic. I’m a bit of a tomboy so I’m really into man-tailoring and simple sports inspired aesthetics to set off an outfit – mesh, square-cut tops and a silver chain.
What I’m wearing now….
My Trigenics look great with almost everything. I love the deconstructed sole. I always turn up my jeans when I wear them to make sure they get the attention they deserve!
The Trigenic Dune boot teams a three part decoupled sole with supple, waxy leathers for a new take on sports minimalism. The flexible construction makes them commuter-friendly and their architectural edge makes them a striking piece of footwear design – don’t just take our word for it (www.highsnobiety.com).
Whether it’s Monday morning, dress down Friday or a lazy Sunday with mates, the Desert Aerial is your new go to shoe for instant outfit impact. Based on the iconic Desert Boot but reinterpreted in perforated suede with a super lightweight sneaker sole, this versatile design can be worn with slacks in your downtime and then restyled with smart separates for work.
This season the point is back, stronger than ever. It’s a shape that makes your legs appear longer and leaner, and who doesn’t want that? The elongating silhouette will add real definition to skinny jeans or cigarette pants and when the weather starts to warm up, team them with a flattering midi wrap skirt. New points + wardrobe staples = instant outfit upgrade.
The right pair of boots can make your outfit fall into place. Our Empress Moon boots have more than a little Desert Boot DNA, but the wedged outsole and slimmer shape gives them a feminine update.
These versatile boots will work just as well at the office, with black jeans and a white shirt as they will for summer festivals, with denim shorts and a vest. While it’s still a little chilly for those shorts, team them with skinny grey jeans, an on-trend Aztec top and sunnies.
‘A modern bohemian rhapsody’ was the inspiration for German designer Marcel Ostertag’s show at Berlin Fashion week. A master class in clash, with Ostertag teaming playful prints with geometric shapes, sheer fabrics with hard lines, and feminine dresses with chunky androgynous accessories.
On display with Ostertag’s new season designs was our very own Oriana Bess sandal. Paired with a chiffon sheath dress one minute and a printed neon trench the next – these sandals are all about new season versatility. Team loud and proud prints with our Oriana Bess heeled sandal for a could-be-catwalk look.
We’ve come a long way since the days of pinstripes and bowler hats. Workwear needs to have enough of a sartorial slant to be taken seriously – while at the same time being flexible enough to take us from work to weekend when 5 o’clock on a Friday rolls around.
These low profile Jink Desert Boots in green canvas will take the edge off summer suits or chinos and can then be worn with denim shorts when Saturday comes.
SS15 runways were awash with 70s styling, from hippy prints to disco platforms and formidable flares – so delve deep into this decade to inspire your spring wardrobe. Think faux fur, denim dresses, suede jackets and oversized fedoras.
For shoes the sky’s the limit. Platforms are an absolute must but don’t just stop there – try to work in some outsize tassels, buckles or fringing. When you need something a little more slimline go for a pair of pointed 70s style Chelsea boots or flats in croc effect leathers.
Our Orla Kiely styles will help you achieve 70s style in no time.