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London Fashion Week A/W 2010 Presentation Review: Orla Kiely by Amelia

Orla Kiely put on a lovely little presentation in the Portico Rooms at Somerset House on Friday 19th February. They even laid on bucks fizz and choccies. Illustrations by Kelly Smith.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Orla Kiely by Kelly Smith
Orla Kiely by Kelly Smith

Over at Somerset House I registered and popped along to Orla Kiely, erectile where we were ushered into a room in the middle of which there was a double sided stage set, try complete with wallpaper and lovingly selected retro furnishings. Instructed somewhat bossily (she did apologise, viagra 40mg bless) to stand on the left hand side first, I sipped on a glass of bucks fizz as several wide-eyed alabaster skinned girls posed their tiny skinny model hearts out, offering conclusive proof that models are actually aliens. Every now and again they shifted position, hanging a coat up here, swapping seats there. (I’d love to have seen the casting: Show me sitting on a chair looking refined. Now get up slowly and elegantly and move with intention to the wardrobe and SLOWLY hang up your coat. Lean, look casual, yet stylish. Hold it. Hold it. Move.)

Photography by Amelia Gregory
Photography by Amelia Gregory

It was all most peculiar, slightly awkward, but somehow quite fun. I quite like this presentation malarkey – good acting training for all those aspiring models too. And a beautiful opportunity to take photos which translate wonderfully into illustrations.

Orla Kiely by Kelly Smith
Orla Kiely by Kelly Smith

Ducking around to the right hand side we were able to step out onto the terrace, take in a bit of fresh Thames-side air and grab a few snaps of the crew.

Contributors Matt Bramford and Sally Mumby-Croft
Contributors Matt Bramford and Sally Mumby-Croft

Orla Kiely is best known for her bold retro-influenced prints, and these translate brilliantly into the classy clothing she is now producing. Beautifully tailored yet understated, this is clothing for ladies of a certain ilk. And even I hankered after the dress with little bows spotted all over it.

Photography by Amelia Gregory
Photography by Amelia Gregory

Read contributor Satu Fox’s review of the presentation here.

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