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

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Written by Satu Fox

9Images throughout courtesy of Satu Fox

Up a winding staircase, symptoms past the lingerie gallery and through the double doors is a little haven of peace amid all the Fashion Week bustle – the deafening sounds of heels on cobbles and people falling off heels onto cobbles. A far cry from the edgier delights of On|Off or even the main tent, Orla Kiely’s presentation promises a cosy, romantic alternative world, with clothes you might want to wear despite not being Lady Gaga.

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In a 70s suburbia-inspired set of mini rooms, some rather desperate-looking housewives/models show off the super-pretty clothes and bags that are Kiely’s forte, but recently the collections have been becoming a little more interesting and a lot more covetable. I used to consider Orla Kiely to be in the Boden stable of clothes; nice enough, but more what you’d wear for a country walk with your granny than for any normal, civilised activity.

orla kiely image 6What is this item of furniture? I want one!

My ears pricked up a little when I saw last year’s crop of mustard-yellow duffle coats and colourful dresses, and things have only got better it seems. Fashion is on the lookout for a crown princess to replace Luella’s deposed Queen of Sweetness, and maybe with a little bit more playfulness, this could be the label for the job. There was also a hint of a nod in Luella’s direction in the velvet-trimmed checked suit. Again, it straighter down the line than Luella would have made it, but if you miss her so much already you feel you want to cry, this could be a place to start drying those tears.

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Behind the scenes, the label’s employees, who darted in and out, tweaking things, also looked yummy and I noticed the girls were all in mid-heel strappy wedges in red or tan leather. A bit more manageable than the platforms on the models as the mega-high-heel is one trend that just won’t die (unlike the shoulder trend, which seems to have crawled under a rock somewhere).


My approval is not easy to buy but fresh pastries and the offer of a coffee did butter me up a bit, as these items were in short supply elsewhere at Somerset House. Drinks that were available included this ‘pre-tox drink’, which sounds distinctly unhealthy. I’m wondering who I can fob this off onto now as I foolishly carried it all the way home.

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Full disclosure: they also gave me some chocolates, some coasters and a nice bag. Orla Kiely World is a very pleasant place to be, unless you are pretending to be a valium-soaked 70s housewife. That doesn’t look very fun. Admittedly, I’d feel a bit awkward if my job was to stand incredibly still while burly men photographed me from surprising angles and random girls munched pastries while staring at my feet. Oh, fashion world!

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4 Responses to “London Fashion Week A/W 2010 Presentation Review: Orla Kiely”

  1. Motoko says:

    Very interesting article, I really enjoyed reading it. Even though I’m living somewhere far from London, I felt like I was being right there at Somerset House. And now I love Orla Kiely MORE!

  2. Amelia says:

    So glad you like the piece and are sharing our apprecation of Orla. Stay tuned for lots more coverage over the next week. Nomatter where you are we want to bring you all the news and gossip from LFW!

  3. Kitty says:

    I absolutely love all things Orla so thanks so much for sharing. I too live far from London and can only dream of getting to see Orla’s new collections at LFW! But this really helps to get the flavour I love the 70s themed rooms, that piece of furniture is a 70s telephone table – my nanna used to have one! I will definately be checking your site again, many thanks x

  4. Kitty says:

    also I love those coasters you were given – I wonder if that flower is a new print theme?

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