LFW AW12: Orla Kiely – Afternoon Tea Dance

I love catwalk shows but I do adore the intimacy of a fashion presentation and it doesn’t get any better than being transported back to the 1920s to see the Orla Kiely autumn/winter 2012 collection. Set in a tearoom, decorated with Orla Kiely branded wallpaper, complete with a gold disco ball, it was the most relaxing spot of Day 1 at London Fashion Week. I was in heaven sitting watching gorgeous models/dancers wearing retro prints on tea dresses, t-bar shoes and sparkly socks, glide around the dance floor to the tunes of a live swing band, while I munched away on very tasty cakes, which were my only nourishment of the day.

The collection inspired by James Clavell’s film ‘To Sir, With Love’ was simply charming with its delicate blouses, tea dresses, dainty shorts, and prom dresses, but it was all the details that caught my eye from the pleats, metallics, peter pan collars and oversized buttons, as well as the gorgeous purple and red shades.

It was simply gorgeous to be taken back in time, taken away from stress of the LFW frenzy, and it was mesmerising watching the models waltz about the floor. Other than wanting the entire collection, the very cool lampshade, seeing this presentation has really made me want to learn how to dance.

My afternoon tea dance companions were the lovely Alex and Sherin – if only we could have danced that would have been the cherry on top of the delicious Bakewell tart that I ate!!!

The next day I went to the RelativeMO presentation and got to see the handbag collection up close – full of ladylike vintage-inspired pieces with gorgeous bows and metallic shades. I think my bag collection is going to get a lot bigger I loved it all.

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