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.
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.
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.
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.
From meeting up with one of our favourite fashion bloggers at the Felder Felder show to street style with pugs and astronauts – London Fashion Week just keeps getting better! Watch this space for our full Orla Kiely show run-down.
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Nothing says spring like a bright pop of yellow, and as it was such a key colour on the SS15 runways – we say why wait? The honey hue gives dark denim an instant lift and works harmoniously with sweet floral prints.
We can’t wait to see how Freya Bromley from fashion blog frey de fleur styles up her honey coloured Berrick Ruby sandals, but here is a little sneak peak from Freya – also featuring our Mirabello Fun cross body bag.
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!
LC:M is the menswear equivalent to London Fashion Week. For emerging designers to global British brands, it kick-starts the calendar showcasing British fashion’s key collections, and SS15 was as eclectic as ever.
This year’s event featured Clarks as part of acclaimed designer and tailor Richard James’ show. Inspired by the cultural collision of the British soldier with the Sahara during the late 1930s, his Desert Rats show was a huge success. Featuring the four-pocket safari jacket, neat tailoring, plenty of khaki and olive linen and Desert Rat motifs, the show was made complete by the presence of our very own Clarks Desert Boots.
Richard told us “When I knew we needed classic desert boots, it had to be Clarks.” – We couldn’t agree more.