ORLA KIELY SPRING/SUMMER 2015 COEUR NEW YORK
Despite having presented for only four seasons at London fashion week, Irish designer Orla Kiely has developed a reputation for delivering a theatrical performance, which she lived up to for Spring, riffing on the idea of an English garden. Invites to the show had arrived with packets of wildflower seeds and instructions to plant them immediately in time for their blooming season. When the models appeared on the runway, each was carrying a large wooden wildflower or daisy, which they planted in pots on the stage. Kiely also imported the Californian artist Alia Penner, who, alongside two of her colleagues, painted wildflowers on a glass screen in situ as the collection was presented.
Kiely specializes in pretty clothing with a quirky vibe and commercial appeal. The palette was floral-inspired: There were dresses and skirts in mismatched, oversize daisy prints in cornflower blue and rose. It was all easy, but far from sloppy. Loose, flowing trousers and jackets in daisy yellow jacquard worked well, as did the fluoro pink pieces. Kiely has been making home wares and accessories for 15 years, and her giant appliquéd flower bags and Hepburn-esque shoes really stood out.