On Day 2 of LFW I made my way out of the Fashion Week arena of Somerset House; to the Elms Lester Gallery near Tottenham Court Road. As someone who is very snap happy at events and presentations, judging from Orla Kiely’s previous presentations, I was excited to see what was in store for us.
As much as I love watching clothes going up and down the catwalk. A themed presentation is what I really like to watch. I don’t think it detracts from the clothing either, but more adds to it as you can get a picture of the inspiration behind it.
As I crawled up the steepest, windiest stairs I have ever attempted, I heard in the sounds of a busy office with tapping of typewriters. I saw the ‘Typing Pool, Quiet please’ sign as I reached the top of the stairs and as I turned to my right I saw the most stylish office workers I have ever laid eyes on. I felt like I had stepped back from one era to another.
Isn’t it just adorable? So as you can see the collection is very ‘Mad Men’ with an early 60’s vibe. Although their was references to the 70s with high rolled necked jumpers. Also I thought some of the pieces felt very late 50s too. I have been searching and searching for a short sleeve sweater like the one in the top photo ever since I saw Jenny wearing one in ‘Call the Midwife’. Now my search is over. Only thing is I have to wait until next Autumn/winter. All the best bits from 3 decades rolled into one!
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