Friday, August 28, 2015

Orla Kiely // Resort 2016 //

The work of French model turned photographer Sarah Moon, London retailer Biba, actress and sister to Mia, Stephanie Farrow. Those are the three things that inspired Orla Kiely for her Resort 2016 presentation. Collaborating with stylist Leith Clark, the duo have brought us L’Orla. It is a throwback to the early 70’s. The uploading of this post is fitting considering today is #FlashbackFriday.

The resort collections will be hitting shop floors in November, when the possibility of wearing a whimsical, summery dress is off the cards. Luckily, Orla Kiely has you covered. A grey trapeze coat with black sleeves and lapels is on offer. A similar midi-length flared coat, with a single button and two black pockets also featured. 

When the spring season approaches, it could be possible to wear the grey cashmere dress with a pleated skirt and a silk band cinching the waist. Maintaining the early 70’s vibe, the dress is equipped with a pussy bow. An eyeleted chiffon dress was the penultimate look and would be suitable for a London morning in March, or a hot evening in Antibes in June. 

Leith Clark was named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the most powerful stylists in Hollywood in 2015. She is the founder of Lula (which she left in 2013), and Violet magazine. She is the style director-at-large at UK Harper’s Bazaar. Alexa Chung and Keira Knightley also happen to be her clients. For me (and her legion of fans) this collection is resonant with the style we have grown accustomed to expecting from her. It is playful and zesty but not too twee. Look 8 was a daisy print shirt underneath an empire waist dress with more daisies. Daisies on daisies: the new denim on denim? Only at Orla Kiely. 

An Orla Kiely presentation is unforgettable. I still remember, vividly, the show she put on for Fall 2014. The Vinyl Factory. Cupcakes and prosecco. Models ambled around the flower pots, as artists led by Alia Penner painted flowers on the glass behind them. The images of this presentation were set to the backdrop of signature florals. A lookbook shoot so not as exciting (compared to the Manhattan rooftop party which occurred the day previous), but that didn’t stop the collection from being exciting.

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