Relive the SS16 collection If you’re sad that Orla Kiely is now under administration…
What’s this, a London Fashion Week post? We’re already three days in and whereas a few years ago you would have had a stream of content, I’ve now learnt to be a lot more selective over time. I know what I like and that tends to be a bit of Midcentury inspired clobber. I’ve been going to shows for six years now and it’s crazy to think that Instagram didn’t exist, live-streaming was few and far between and presentations were still relatively rare on the schedule.
I guess brands like Orla Kiely have really thrived with their democratic way of displaying collections, the show runs four times across a two hour period, the wifi password and hashtag were clearly displayed and there were even themed refreshments in case the lack of sustenance gets the better of you. The colours seem to be getting even more vibrant each season plus we’re firmly in the 70s now, with a Slim Aarons inspired poolside paradise.
Elevator music played whilst we watched the models parade in more psychedelic versions of the typical stem leaf print and romantic cotton lace dresses. The only disappointments? The fact that the Clarks shoes collaboration appears to be no more as well as the stint of model diversity. Nevertheless, I’ve still got the show soundtrack in my head and an urge to locate the Betty sandals from SS15 (nothing is haunting me more than the patent floral sandals I didn’t buy).