Wednesday, September 21, 2011
After receiving my press pass, I was able to access all exhibitions within Somerset House - including, to my surprise, Orla Kiely. It's quite obvious that Kiely was inspired by sportswear from the 1940's and 1950's, evident through silhouette, color, patterns, and details.
The execution of the presentation was quite interesting. Models either stood on pedestals or lounged on garden chaises. They stood inanimate until another model came as a replacement. The lighting was rather dim, but spotlights shone, highlighting the clothing drastically.
Characteristically feminine and retro inspired, a background film showed models frolicking, exploring and adventuring throughout summer settings. This gives insight into the purpose - it's not intended to be too proper that it's impossible to move. It's playful and youthful, yet still sophisticated.
The Orla Kiely woman isn't too prim. She's creative and charming, intelligent and thoughtful. She fancies wearing dresses, but isn't too afraid to live while wearing them.
Photos via Orla Kiely, all others by Catherine Everett