Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Orla Kiely – yay or nay?

I’ve always been really iffy about Orla Kiely, which is probably largely to do with my abhorrence of clothes that label. If you don’t know what I mean, think about what you assume when you see a young woman wearing a …

Thu, Jan 7, 2010, 16:12

   

I’ve always been really iffy about Orla Kiely, which is probably largely to do with my abhorrence of clothes that label. If you don’t know what I mean, think about what you assume when you see a young woman wearing a pair of Ugg boots. Think about what you assume about a man dressed in a tracksuit. Though most people who are interested in fashion want their clothes to say things about them (to “make a statement”, for want of a less overused phrase), there are certain fashion items that say all-too specific things about their owners.

Orla Kiely bags, for me, have always fallen into that bracket. Dundrum Town Centre is a good example: any day of the week, patrol any one of its floors and I defy you not to spy at least three Orla Kiely tote bags, in her ubiquitous leaf print. So when a couple of folks over on Twitter were talking about buying Orla Kiely bags, I couldn’t help but turn my nose up. Oh, them. Ugh, so common (in the very basic sense of the word). Then, out of curiosity and due to a lack of urgent business to attend to, I took a gander at the website and came away very pleasantly surprised.

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I have to say, I’m almost a total convert. There are certain things that wouldn’t be to my taste, of course – I still find some of the prints slightly twee, and I’m not a huge fan of patent leather handbags (I like mine in soft leather, and battered if at all possible) – but I am really loving the 1920s styling, the clematis print coat (and the clematis print, in general), as well as the delightful knitted dresses.

Plus, there’s a sale on! And I do love a good sale – this one is quite decent, too, with 50 per cent off a lot of items.