LOOKBOOK: Orla Kiely fall 2011, looks #13 (LEFT) & #25 (RIGHT) - ABOVE - & ad campaign (BELOW).
My blogging holiday halted as soon as I spied Orla Kiely's fall 2011 collection: a siren song to 1960s gamines - I was like a moth to a flame. Some of my favorite pieces include this tiny lovebird dress & flutter collar blouse, which come to life in a mood video styled by Lula Magazine's Leith Clark. So inspired, simply had to share...
ORLA GIRL: Orla Kiely 'Lovebirds' dress (ABOVE). Orla Kiely blouse. Vintage Gloria Sachs skirt (BELOW).
Lovebird dress with ruffled Peter Pan collar features flying fawn colored birds across georgette. Silk crepe blouse with triple layer cake collar & squiggly seam bodice. Button rouleaux seem to be Ms. Kiely's signature, cunning closures with the subtly sensual allusion that her ladylike client isn't alone when she dresses.
SHOE STORY: Salvatore Ferragamo 'Vara' pumps (TOP) & Charlotte Olympia 'Kitty' shoes (BOTTOM).
Seduced by Ferragamo's patent leather pumps - fit for beautiful biddies in high Italian style, love old fashioned granny chic. Charlotte Olympia's gold heel flats are embroidered with kitty faces on velvet, a playful reimagining of men's bedroom slippers, perfect to sport with Le Smoking in the library late after dinner.
Many thanks to the super helpful shopgirls at Ms. Kiely's new NYC store (shop HERE), who even track down things in the UK, where the brand is based. These downtown digs are a sunny Shangri-la secret world, complete with clothes, accessories & housewares, positively proclaiming the Irish designer Queen of Prints.