Contrasts, floral patterns and feminine cuts: here we are again with Irish Fashion designer Orla Kiely, who has just presented her pre-fall 2016 collection and whose overall vibes channel some Seventies vibes that will make anyone fall in love with this collection. Mainly known for her retro prints and unique designs, London-based (but Irish at heart) Kiely chose to intertwine her all-round abilities as an artist (she is crowned as the Print Queen) with more joyful and fresh designs, even adding a touch of a feminine light pink hue to complete the Orla Kiely pre-fall 2016 collection.
Those who are particularly fond of Kiely’s collections will surely notice the lookbook’s backdrop: carefully in line with the overall contrasting theme, Orla Kiely showcases her abilities as an illustrator designing floral-patterned wallpapers as well, which also function as a friendly reminder that she indeed loves prints (and won’t probably ever stop using them in her creations). Her renowned illustrations have been so far used on almost any kind of objects, from furniture to kitchenware to wallpapers, and even cars. Her approach to prints recalls that of her looks: it’s modern, clean and somehow brings back warm nostalgic feelings. Moreover, to make everything reach her iconic modern and architectural approach, she often repeats patterns and constructions, creating a coherent continuum of pieces that complete one another.
Her pre-fall 2016 collection perfectly recalls this unique style of hers, as it clearly focuses on prints and structured cuts. The line-up serves us well-tailored and refined pieces, in which the floral patterns create cheerful color-blocking motifs with all the black, dark green and blue navy fabrics. The collection mainly focuses on the dresses, giving however enough room to explore some utterly cute long-sleeved jumpsuits in silk, full skirts, blouses, pleat-bibbed shirts and sweaters, as well as cropped Chinese knits and double-breasted coats, pieces that sound like the best options for any transitional season. To enhance the floral prints, Kiely had fun alternating them with solid-colored patterns, which help make the line-up even more dynamic and cheerful, if possible.
The collection also features some high-waisted tailored shorts and a juvenile long-sleeved shirt with a single big flower on the front that could serve as the perfect ‘back to school’ outfit. The entire collection radiates distinctive cool ‘school girl’ vibes, as it combines the socks with shoes trend with A-line dresses and sweaters over collared shirts, totally nailing the art of layering.
Focusing mainly on the waist, Orla Kiely still manages to skillfully accentuate the silhouette, too, playing with a clear sensual style throughout the entire collection. And it is that naïve sensuality of Kiely’s, who also chose to give her pre-fall 2016 collection her own vision of the ‘sheer fabric’ trend, adding a sultry lace pattern to an embroidered black midi dress.
Photos courtesy of Vogue