Taking the audience back to an era of playfulness and babydoll chic, Orla Kiely’s Spring/Summer 16 collection was jam-packed with chunky wallpaper prints and pastel shades. Set up as a retro mini golf course, the models wandered around (club in tow) trying to put a birdie in brown patent leather Mary-Jane platforms. Golf ball cake pops and a Burt Bacharach mash up transported the onlookers to a time where fashion was carefree and fun.
Inspired by poolside imagery from Slim Aarons and the clashing colours of the time, the collection looks like it has been plucked straight from the 70s. Flowy shift dresses clad in thick paisley prints were mixed with crisp, white poplin shirts, giving the designs a refreshing juxtaposition. A lemon yellow crop co-ord with white lace-up rope neckline was popular among the audience, as was the georgette silk dress covered in frills. A modern take on the decade of nostalgia came in the form of a navy calf length dress with white pinafore, adorned in an orange wallpaper print.
The collection was vibrant and full of energy, although, Kiely’s take on the 70s may have come a season too late. Nonetheless, it was fresh and wearable.
Written by Chelsea Davis. Images © Orla Kiely / Liz Matthews PR