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.
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.
Chelsea boots – an androgynous silhouette loved by 60s hipsters like Dylan and the Stones, and now the uniform for off-duty models and indie kids alike. If you don’t own a pair – you need to, if you already do, then you need another!
This trend is going nowhere fast, so now it’s about making an outfit impact. These Clarks X Orla Kiely boots use a combination of smooth and pony effect leathers to score a double style hit. With Christmas markets and Winter Wonderlands calling your name you should team your new Chelsea boots with some skinnies, an oversized plaid shirt peeking out under a sports-luxe sweatshirt and some fingerless gloves – you’ll need to be able to hold that warm mug of Glühwein!
When our SS15 collaboration with Orla Kiely was launched at London Fashion Week it went down a storm – and the show itself was something special.
The audience were treated to half fashion show, half art installation – and pure Orla magic. Upon entering there was little more than a white picket fence, some empty flower pots and a sheet of clear Perspex. As the show started the models began striding down the runway and planting beautiful wooden flowers into the empty terracotta pots, whilst LA pop artist Alia Penner began live-painting a garden onto the clear plastic – flower power blossoming in front of our eyes.
The atmosphere was electric, the clothes were incredible and we even managed to sneak backstage with the Orla team to create some exciting new content for SS15 – but we have to keep that under wraps for now!
From Kate Middleton to Alexa Chung, Orla Kiely is adored by those in-the-know. So before the launch of our second collaboration we took some time to find out a little more about the ‘Queen of Prints’…
Hats were the first stepping stone and I always knew there would be more. We grew our collection very quickly to include bags and accessories, which we became known for, and continued to build the brand organically to include clothing and home wear.
At the heart of our brand is always print and colour. We consistently reference and take influence from the 60s and 70s because we love it. They had so much style in the 70s – think Catherine Deneuve. I love the bold graphic patterns inspired by flowers and nature. We don’t follow trends and stay true to ourselves. It’s a style and taste that, luckily, many love.
We have colour and print at the heart of our design ethos which lends itself beautifully from fashion to home and lifestyle. I love that – I have always been inspired by architecture and mid-century design across all my work. My favourite print has to be the multi-stem. It’s the most recognizable and it’s evolved into, I’m told, an iconic print. It’s a very versatile pattern which we modify and develop each season.
When I’m not wearing one of my statement prints I like to wear Marni, Prada, Marc Jacobs and vintage when I’m lucky enough to find it. I keep it simple and tend to have one statement piece which could be either colour or print.
Orla on her Clarks SS14 collection…
Clarks has been my favourite collaboration to date. I’ve wanted to design shoes for a long time and when the offer came from Clarks it gave me that chance.It was incredibly exciting. It was my first footwear collection and the response we received was amazing. It’s shown me there’s a demand for shoes like this, and I’m looking forward to seeing our AW14 collection go on sale. We designed these shoes for people who share our taste. People who love colour and good design.