Perfectly prim and decidedly proper, the Autumn/Winter 15 collection from Orla Kiely played with librarian chic, a seventies palette and back to school styling.
The muted neapolitan colour palette allows the collection to span the sixties and seventies with custard yellow, candy pink, tan, soft grey, vibrant green and cream running throughout. The seventies also breathed life into the design of the collection, with inspiration coming directly from the librarians of the era. Pussy bow ties and frilled collars added feminity as well as a whimsical touch, some pieces would not have been out of place in Mad Men. Checked, collared dresses with A line skirts continued the theme.
Flowing dresses captured my heart with a slate grey, floor length, high neck piece that was an unusual but welcome sight amidst the sea of mini skirts and knee length dresses.
Oversized cardigans colour block with ease paired with mini skirts and accessorised with patent Mary-Janes in collaboration with Clarks for the fourth season. Bags were an integral part of the collection with mini and midi bags maing an appearance in boxy shapes with a retro feel.
Orla Kiely stamped her mark on accessories and textured skirts with the repeated OK appliqué.
Words by Clare Potts.