After stumbling across the unique knitwear label Orley not so long ago, I was truly inspired by their vision of spring/summer 2013. A couple of weeks later, I was secretly informed that their autumn/winter 2013 collection preview had been released.
The preview comes in the form of a lookbook, which was shot by photographer Jeff Henrikson in a luxurious exotic location that features bright orange velvet curtains and lime green walls against mahogany patterned tiles – creating a vibrant backdrop for the showcase. A zebra print chair and large green plant add to the tropical, elaborate feel of the shoot, whilst the family business naturally employed their uncle, Adam Levite, as their model and muse for AW13.
The upcoming collection was inspired by American printmaker and painter Frank Stella and French Artist E.A Seguy. Absorbing the bold abstract shapes from Stella’s prints, adapting the intricate detailing from Seguy’s insect drawings and filtering the striking colours from both influences through a sepia-toned kaleidoscope helps produce a vintage yet innovative feel. It is a celebration of their retro-artistic inspirations and the exciting future of knitwear.
Cosy jumpers and cardigans featuring geometric patterns in a combination of colours are key items within the collection. Either opt for a burnt orange jumper with red and white symmetrical lines or a khaki cardigan with a complex pattern in red, burgundy and teal.
My favourite piece comes in the form of the deep pink cardigan with a spread collar and brown buttons. The blue, pink and red check pattern on a white background that forms the body of the cardigan creates an interesting and appealing look, whilst the solid white lines on the sleeves and bright blue back adds a surprise twist to the garment.
The brand is successfully revolutionising knitwear with a fun interpretation of an essential item for winter. Using colour, shape and retro influences to inject a sense of humour and character into what could well be another dreary winter.