Monday, December 3, 2012

Orla Kiely Pre-Spring/Summer 2013

There is nothing quite like a new Orla Kiely collection to give my heart a surge of excitement. The Orla Kiely Pre-Spring/Summer 2013 collection is now available and features some striking galleon motifs. Colours include an earthy sand, sky blue, navy, a vibrant poppy red, and an exuberant yellow that I am doing backflips over!

Around The World Print Silk Twill Sleeveless Dress, Sand
Orla Kiely Pre-Spring/Summer 2013

Around The World Print Silk Twill Romper, Sky
Orla Kiely Pre-Spring/Summer 2013

Little Galleon Print Cotton Poplin Cut Out Back Dress
Orla Kiely Pre-Spring/Summer 2013

This pixelated look is very effective (below). An added quirk of this design is that the cardigan buttons at the back making it reversible!

Pixelated Galleon Intarsia Reversible Cardigan - Sky
Orla Kiely Pre-Spring/Summer 2013

I am really taken with this wonderful, sunny, banana-yellow combined with black and white. That and the beautiful mustard colour below can be found frequently in 1950s fabric design, which I have an affinity for. I can't wait to hear what the Pantone colour of the year is for 2013 - with Tangerine Tango being the colour for 2012, could this fruity yellow be the next in line? Looking at the Pantone Colour Report for Spring 2013, there is in fact a colour called lemon zest. I think that is an inspiring description and I would love to see it as the pick for 2013; it's certainly shaping up to be mine.

Boat Pointelle Cardigan, Yellow
Orla Kiely Pre-Spring/Summer 2013

I'm still a big fan of mustard, and I adore the stylish scalloped neck and stand-out yellow belt on the dress below.

Solid Crepe Blend Sleeveless Dress - Mustard
Orla Kiely Pre-Spring/Summer 2013

Poppy red is also a colour that appears on the Pantone Colour Report for Spring 2013 and it gets my second vote for colour of the year. This poppy-red dress by Orla Kiely is exquisite! Simple elegance making a statement with vibrant colour; to me that is perfection.

Solid Silk Crepe Collar Dress - Poppy
Orla Kiely Pre-Spring/Summer 2013

Readers here in New Zealand will also be interested to know that the new Orla Kiely wallpaper collection is now available at The Paper Room.

Classic Stem - Olive, Wallpaper by Orla Kiely

Striped Petal - Graphite by Orla Kiely 

Giant Abacus Flower - Mink, Wallpaper by Orla Kiely

Be sure to visit the Orla Kiely website to see the vast range of products available, and the complete Pre-Spring/Summer 2013 collection.


  1. love those cute galleons, and adore that first dress. And printed on silk! - I'm just imagining how beautifully that fabric would move when worn. :)

    1. Absolutely! Divine. But I am still mad over the yellow and black cardi. Not that I would look good in yellow. The blue would have to my true pick if I could own one of these!