If Wes Anderson ever sets a film in the Serengeti, then he should call on Orla Kiely to design the costumes. For Spring 2014, her signature nerdy girl went on safari, but that didn't mean she left her printed dresses and quirky knits at home. Inspired by brownies and girl guides, the Kiely girl was always prepared with a binocular case, a beret, and a plethora of '70s-inspired outfits. We loved the giraffe and zebra prints, a white prom dress with a pearl collar, and the cute button-down sundresses.
All things considered, Orla Kiely had a pretty good Tuesday. The British designer not only introduced the press to the latest entry in her long series of bestselling collaborations, but also was inundated with a lot of good press when Carole Middleton — grandmother to the future king of England, pictured above — wore one of her dresses to meet the newborn royal.
At a party celebrating her new line of tech accessories with Belkin — they're available at Target now — Kiely talked with us about dressing the royal family, what she thinks Kate and Will should name their new son, and why she wanted to put her iconic prints on iPhone cases.
- Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham have been remade as British royals to promote The Sunday Times' Style Magazine's annual best-dressed list. [BuzzFeed]
- Condé Nast has confirmed that Kate Phelan, who left her role as Fashion Director of Vogue UK to be the creative director of Topshop, will return to the publication. There is no word yet on what her position will be at the magazine. [Telegraph]
- Public relations executive Lynn Tesoro has reached a settlement in her $1 million lawsuit against three French attendees of Zac Posen's Spring 2013 show, one of whom slapped Tesoro when she attempted to reseat them. [WWD]
More of the fashion news you want to read, right here.
If the drab, cold weather is getting you down, Orla Kiely's latest laptop sleeve, called the Shiny Multi Scribble Stem, features laminated canvas exterior and a padded interior, so you're guaranteed both inner and outer laptop protection! Sleeves are available for 15-inch laptops ($88) and 17-inch laptops ($98), and you can even pick up the laptop bag version if you really want to go all out. Talk about a feel-good bag that instantly cures my Winter blues!
Have you had trouble finding your favorite Orla Kiely products at your local Target? Never fear, Target has heard your call for more Kiely and will be restocking many of the most popular products in mid-April.
You can expect to find more decorative home pieces including canisters, melamine bowls and plates, tumblers, and ceramic mugs. These items will be restocked beginning April 19. Additionally, select domestics items including placemats, napkins, table cloths, and kitchen towels will hit shelves between April 10 and April 26. Happy shopping!
Been swooning over Orla Kiely's diffusion line of home goods for Target? They're so bright, so Spring, so cheery, so cheap! Sadly, Orla Kiely's real line is not quite so accessible, but just as adorable.
This Tripp Laptop Bag costs a whopping $258, but man, I looove it. The car print and substantial canvas and leather trim are so sweet and retro.
Wouldn't it be great if Ms. Kiely decided to work with Target again for some cheapie laptop bags? I'd be first in line to pick one up, that's for sure!
It's getting to be that time of year when I've got traveling on my mind. The weather's nice, the days are getting longer . . . and I can't wait for my upcoming long weekend in LA!
What better to tote my Fab necessities around in than this Orla Kiely Crayon Crocus Wheelie ($348)? It's screams Spring and the colors make me smile — so much better than any old blah black carry-on.
I was browsing Shopbop's Top Sellers list, and came across this Orla Kiely Etc. Shiny Laminated Stem Print Bag ($170). It made me wonder: Would this best-selling bag be a top seller with you Fab girls? So tell me, do you love it or hate it?
Orla Kiely, the textile designer famous for her intensive use of print and color, has brought her signature style to the home and is offering customers 15 percent off all of her homewares until Nov. 16 at her online store and her London flagship store. She has a nice selection of blankets, pillows, lampshades, coffee mugs, and wallpapers which can add that much-needed splash of color to your living room or your kitchen cabinet. Her warehouse is located in the UK though, so be prepared to pay a potentially hefty shipping fee if you live in the US. Otherwise, anyone fancy a trip to London?