AIBU to think Orla Kiely is over?

(60 Posts)
whataboutbob Sat 17-Nov-12 14:31:49

You can't move for bold graphic prints, and retro apples and pears. I used to covet her stuff but now it's everywhere- in Sainsbury's, Uniqlo, Paperchase, Tescos and soon no doubt Specsavers and Boots. Half the high street seems to be wearing an Orla Kiely Uniqlo autumn collection scarf. Is she cheapening the brand? Is she the new Boden? And will she lose her appeal as a result? I think she has for me.

MrsRogerSterling Sat 17-Nov-12 14:50:35

I agree with you. My mum adores Orla though and has numerous bags, purses, bed linen, mugs and kitchenwares. I keep teasing her about getting the Orla car (I think it was a Citroen she designed and it has an Orla print roof and interior)

I have sold the oilcloth bags I had on ebay, I have kept a red leather one but for me, like Boden it is just too recognisable now.

polyhymnia Sat 17-Nov-12 15:18:32

I'm certainly bored with her stuff - has become a bit theme-parky, like Cath Kidston IMO. Over-extended.

doyouwantfrieswiththat Sat 17-Nov-12 15:22:31

saw some of her wallpaper print as background on an ebay thing today & thought..that's one of those strong graphic prints which I'm too lazy to buy into because I am unwilling to redecorate my house every time I get bored's magnolia all the way for me. (I worship at the shrine of Beeny)

FlibberdeGibbet Sat 17-Nov-12 15:24:36

I agree, and also that Cath Kitson is soooo noughties!

Soon to go the way of cupcakes and retro bunting.

ggirl Sat 17-Nov-12 15:27:08

I don't like the Orla style and agree it's all over the place.

BRANdishingMistletoe Sat 17-Nov-12 15:27:47

I was bored with her stuff at least three years ago, I only found it moderately appealing even at the start.

I think she's probably doing the best thing that she can for her. It's pretty clear that she can't move her style forward so she's making as much money as she can from it now before it loses its market.

Glossynotflossy Sat 17-Nov-12 16:53:27

I had a bag she designed for the Designers at Debenhams range. Wish I had kept it as it was so far removed from the pattern stuff as you could think.

I have a couple of her notebooks. Maybe OP its where you are based as in my areas its still relitivly unique in that you don't spot it that often on people and its usually bags that you see rather than scarves etc.

buttercrumble Sat 17-Nov-12 16:57:47

Well i love her stuff......

Meggles76 Sat 17-Nov-12 22:11:17

I used to love her stuff but less so these days. I just sold my last bag on ebay.
This season I'm not keen on the prints she's done. I also feel that the bags are not as good quality as they used to be. Some unlined. Some lined in cheap plain fabric. The prices have not gone down though.
I do think that all these collaborations have contributed to overkill of the brand. However, having just sold a £10 uniqulo scarf on ebay for almost £30, clearly others disagree!

fridgepants Sat 17-Nov-12 22:26:53

There are frequent sample sales of her stuff in London, so when I see people with her bags on the tube I assume they've been to one too. I went to one years ago and ended up selling the dust bags for about £17 on eBay...

I've never heard of her.

CanYouHearMe Sat 17-Nov-12 22:30:46

I love it, but sadly can't afford it. Would love a bag.

Tenderisthenight Sat 17-Nov-12 22:30:54

Totally over. It is everywhere! My mum bought us a set of mugs and I do use them but the amount of people who've said 'oh, you've got these too'...

CanYouHearMe Sat 17-Nov-12 22:31:36

Fridgepants, do you know when the next sale of samples is on?

fridgepants Sun 18-Nov-12 00:29:47

No idea, I'm afraid - I see the ads in the Metro/Standard, which isn't much use if you're outside of London. They're usually near to Liverpool Street/Brick Lane. I think it was £20 for a wallet then, not sure how much the bags were.

fridgepants Sun 18-Nov-12 00:31:45

Oh! Google tells me:

Orla Kiely Sample Sale

Starts: 09/12/10 - Ends: 12/12/10

Dray Walk Gallery, Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery
E1 6QL

Winter Past Season Sale

London Liverpool Street and Aldgate East

Thurs 9th December: 11am - 8pm
Fri 10th December: 11am - 8pm
Sat 11th December: 11 - 7pm
Sun 12th December: 11am - 6pm

- you'll need ot take cash though, it's usually £1 to get in as well.

mignonette Sun 18-Nov-12 00:35:01

Let's hope for her sake that she is not over because her new furniture range launches this week....

Don't really like her designs nor Cath Kidston, Lisa Stickley et al....

squoosh Sun 18-Nov-12 00:36:23

I never liked her, always found her leaf design really derivative, a rip off of countless 60's prints.

JudeFawley Sun 18-Nov-12 00:44:14

I agree.

I have never liked it, and now it's everywhere I like it even less.

I also have an irrational dislike of the Sanderson dandelion clocks design, which is absolutely everywhere too.

AThingInYourLife Sun 18-Nov-12 00:49:29

I always thought her stuff was OK for something cheap you bought in a flea market, but naff for expensive "designer" stuff that every woman I know had an item of.

How it got to be so ubiquitous I will never understand.

Still, it made me seem like a fashion guru because my handbag didn't have loads of pictures of pears on.

anniewoo Sun 18-Nov-12 01:29:46

Can't stand Orla Kiely prints. Too 60's for me. Prefer Cath Kidston

mumblechum1 Sun 18-Nov-12 01:30:37

God I hope so it's bloody hideous, reminds me of primary school in the late sixties.

mumblechum1 Sun 18-Nov-12 01:30:59

Also hate the Sanderson dandelions too

LittlePandaBear Sun 18-Nov-12 12:48:20

Fridge - your sample sale info is 2 years old smile

PoppyAmex Sun 18-Nov-12 12:51:26

It's now on a Tesco reusable bag. Says it all grin

Corygal Sun 18-Nov-12 12:51:42

Ewww, it's the Bourgeois Burberry check.

doyouwantfrieswiththat Sun 18-Nov-12 13:22:25

Poor Orla, condemned by mumsnet. Does anyone else think that print clashing as favoured by Grazia (like the DM's liitle sister) makes anyone over 25 look like a bag lady?

Corygal Sun 18-Nov-12 16:47:39

I've never seen clashing prints IRL on a woman, but I have seen it on teens. They'd have looked better in something else.

Some people go for the geek mismatch look - where this trend originated - which is less ouchy, but you still have to be brilliant at clothes - and the colour, texture, cut and pattern of each piece - to make it work.

As with all things fashion, a look is never what it seems - not least 'thrown together' chic. And given most of us barely get time to grab a clean Tshirt in the mornings...

I agree it's everywhere now but I like some of it. I have an OK wallet that I bought about five years ago. It's still going strong. Bought a handbag this year - lovely raspberry red colour.

I hate Cath Kidston though. Lovely on five year old girls but not on adults.

And I have to admit to having the Sanderson Clocks pattern on a blind in my ensuite bathroom!

polyhymnia Sun 18-Nov-12 17:02:28

Totally agree on the clashing prints - but do think Grazia (though I'm much too old for it) is generally more socially liberal/enlightened and less woman-hating than the Daily Mail.
Not saying much admittedly (though I did look at the DM site to see David Mitchell's and Victoria Coren's wedding pics).

doyouwantfrieswiththat Sun 18-Nov-12 17:36:31

Grazia can't be misogynistic because it's market is female but it runs many identical articles to DM online. Don't think its just a sweep of internet articles by DM because it runs some of them first. I wonder how their publishers/contributing writers are related. Particularly noticeable with the whole Samantha Brick thing but DM recently aired some provocative stuff about why high earning middle classes (IIRC one of them on £7K/mth) desperately needed their child watching Grazia for that to appear grin

whataboutbob Sun 18-Nov-12 17:50:45

OK so we're more or less agreed she's overdone it. I also like her bags (I have two), but somehow they would be more desirable if there wasn't all the high street spin offs too. When mine are too tatty to use, I don't think I'll be replacing them with another Orla.
Interesting to think about how brands position themselves and then keep going, keep making us want them, or else lose it. I've read that about 80% of middle class Chinese women own a Louis Vuitton bag. Now there's a brand that knows how to create desire, be ubiquitous and yet exclusive .

dexter73 Sun 18-Nov-12 17:57:16

I would never buy a LV bag - whenever I see one I assume it is a fake!

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 18-Nov-12 19:24:41

I just got fecked off because I have a DD named Orla and people assumed it was because of patterned crap.

EIizaDay Mon 19-Nov-12 09:11:33

Oh Bob, I think Louis Vuitton are much more unattractive than Orla Kiely - all that horrible LV and plastic looking handbags. Awful, awful.

polyhymnia Mon 19-Nov-12 10:01:52

Agree LV are horrible too.

Plumpcious Mon 19-Nov-12 12:56:51

For those who still like Orla, details of the next sample sale:

Orla Kiely Autumn/ Winter Sample Sale
Shop 14, 15 Hanbury Street

Thursday 29th November - Sunday 2nd of December 2012
Thurs & Fri 11am - 7pm | Sat 11am - 6pm | Sun 11am - 4pm

Orla Kiely are holding an exclusive sample sale from AW11 season including dresses, coats, knitwear, leather and laminated handbags. Stock is replenished daily.
Admission: £1 for charity

fridgepants Mon 19-Nov-12 13:48:20

"Grazia can't be misogynistic because it's market is female" - it's not impossible. Have you read Closer lately? Every article, regardless of subject, quotes the person's dress size, and then their height so that you can work out precisely how fat she is.

fridgepants Mon 19-Nov-12 13:48:34

Or Painfully Thin, of course.

DonaAna Mon 19-Nov-12 14:39:22

I know someone who wears a lot of Orla Kiely and it looks just so dated on her. Retro prints were fresh and in-your-face-outrageous in a good way in the early 2000s, that is, 10 years ago.

Now they just look tired and sad and a bit middle-aged.

dexter73 Mon 19-Nov-12 15:19:00

Bit like Boden, DonaAna! (I will get lynched for saying that!)

squoosh Mon 19-Nov-12 15:25:15

Even Next are jumping on the clashing prints bandwagon.

When Next is doing it, you know it's over.

chipstick10 Mon 19-Nov-12 15:54:38

I liked her range for uniqglo and purchased several of the dresses in the summer and autumn range. I also still occasionally use my lv bags and have been known to use them whilst wearing Orla. So there

doyouwantfrieswiththat Mon 19-Nov-12 16:50:02

Retro? Can't say I've seen much that doesn't have a historical reference...but then I'm so old...grin
When future designers are referencing this decade I wonder wnat they'll choose?

FunnysInLaJardin Mon 19-Nov-12 16:51:14

I agree YANBU! I was just thinking the other day that her type of prints are everywhere, mostly on changing bags so it would seem and pushchairs

FunnysInLaJardin Mon 19-Nov-12 16:52:48

and I had the same thought as I walked past the Cath Kidson shop today. Wondered just how much longer it would be open

polyhymnia Mon 19-Nov-12 17:03:11

Just googled the OK Uniqlo scarves online out of curiosity and can honestly say I think they are all hideous. And so 'same old thing'. A

whataboutbob Mon 19-Nov-12 19:42:13

Oh dear I've given the impression I'm into Louis Vuitton- I'm not! But I was just observing they know how to be ubiquitous and still desirable to many. Their biggest market is probably the Far East.

Djembe Mon 19-Nov-12 20:07:48

Grazia's articles are pretty anti-feminist at the least, in every one (I subscribe but for the fashion!) there is at least one article slagging off women who 'try to have it all' and their political woman Gaby Hinsliff is just a horrible Tory.

I do have a Uniqlo Orla scarf though smile

chipstick10 Mon 19-Nov-12 22:10:56

Is she horrible because she's a Tory or she's horrible and just happens to be a Tory.? confused

polyhymnia Mon 19-Nov-12 22:29:09

I obviously haven't read Grazia carefully enough - except for the fashion and beauty. As for Ms Hinsliff she styles herself their political correspondent but I wouldn't go to Grazia for political analysis and comment so have barely skimmed her page.

EllenParsons Tue 20-Nov-12 00:24:42

I have one of the uniqlo scarves which I got for a tenner and really like, but a lot of the prints are not my style and I'm not into her in a big way.

Tweet2tweet Tue 20-Nov-12 10:23:39

I love the actual Orla Kiely line- the one that isn't diluted to be sold on the high street.

However I have made a few observations over the last year which are not good:
- Many of the items now include polyester mix! At over £300 for dress this is unforgivable

- The prices have been hiked up. I can't afford them but sometimes tried to buy something in the sale. Some times have had a 50% increase!

- The length of dresses/skirts has become much shorter which means it's not so good for anyone who wants to look classy/truly retro. Only '60/70's style should be mini. The 40/50's should be just below the knee to work IMO

- This designer also needs to refresh some of her ideas. Although I think that some of the designs are delightful she seems to be reusing ideas with different buttons/slightly different cut.

gingerbreadbaby Tue 20-Nov-12 10:43:33

Personally I love her stuff and can't get enough, it's nice being able to purchase unique prints which you don't find in the likes of h&m and other high street stores. The Uniqlo collaboration just made it affordable!

ifancyashandy Tue 20-Nov-12 10:55:43

Can't abide Orla stuff. Horrible colours and boring, unimaginative prints. Long may it be over!

kablecar Tue 20-Nov-12 11:27:57

I love Orla Kiely! it only makes me happy to see that there is much more choice now especially for anyone who can't afford all the high end range! It's not everyone's taste but that's why it's so great, She doesn't design for the world to approve she designs what she likes which you can't say about many other brands these days :-)

@fridgepants yes think you have the dates wrong, I sign up to the newsletter so for any of those who want to know

Shop 14
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Elys Yard entrance
15 Hanbury Street
E1 6QR

Nearest tube stations
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Thursday 29th Nov 11am to 7pm
Friday 30th Nov11am to 7pm
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£1 entry fee - all proceeds go to charity

Londonista1975 Tue 20-Nov-12 22:08:50

I've never liked her print designs - dated and too identifiable for my taste. Tbh, I'm surprised she's lasted so long, especilly in the current economic climate. I mean it's not like she's got a hugely coveted luxury brand, one that's aspiritational (unlike Mulberry, for example), yet her stuff is hardly cheap.

polyhymnia Tue 20-Nov-12 22:34:20

Agree - but then again I don't like Mulberry either - just so predictable and too much shiny bling on some styles.

Devora Tue 20-Nov-12 22:38:20

I REALLY like Orla Kiely prints. But I have kept myself strictly limited to one bit of crockery and one handbag, because she is completely over-exposed.

I think it should be a law: you are allowed ONE item from Orla Kiely, Cath Kidston, Emma Bridgewater, Clarissa Hulse. Any more and a klaxon sounds in the style police station and they'll come and nick you.

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