orley put on a 70s show for spring/summer 16
The family Orley – designers Matthew, Alex and Samantha – conjured a mid-century home for spring, with paisley knitwear to match.
Everything about the boys at Orley's spring/summer 16 presentation today was a bit off, in a really, really good way. Walking around a set of potted plants, Persian rugs and Eames womb chairs, they brought to mind pictures of your dad in his awkward teenage years, with their hair parted in scruffy slicked-down curtains - a vibe enhanced by cropped silhouettes and a 70s color scheme.
Shrunken sweater vests (worn with nothing underneath) had a personal, hand-me-down quality and showed off Orley's signature talent for creative knitting techniques. Burgundy striped knit polo shirts paired with slim royal blue pants left midriffs exposed. And a double-breasted check suit came with shorts rather than trousers - a perfect expression of the collection's boys-to-men mood. The highlights though were the two-tone brown suede sneakers, part of the brand's ongoing collaboration with Brooklyn shoe line Greats, and a cornflower blue cardigan pieced together from crocheted paisley swirls.
Text Alice Newell-Hanson
Photography Kate Owen