I stopped by the Orla Kiely presentation today to check out the AW10 collection and was really pleasantly surprised. For me, Orla Kiely always walked a very thin line between retro and tacky, with the toiletry bags and the wallpaper and the coffee mugs in matching prints. But the clothing line was actually a real revelation; the Sixties inspired collection came out beautifully in the Somerset House’s Portico Rooms, which they’d completely decked out in full Orla Kiely furniture and wallpaper for the occasion.
There were lots of pretty little A-line coats with big buttons and little round collars, the cutest little twinsets and the heels-with-sock-combo which seems to be a staple of so many collections this season. The big leather weekend bag caused me to have a massive case of bag-envy.
Is it high fashion? Not really, but it’s cute and wearable as hell and these are the clothes you actually end up buying.