read the news // live the culture
London Fashion Week AW13

LFW – Bolzoni & Walsh and Orla Kiely A/W 2013 collections

  Saturday 16th February 2013

This morning, Elm Lesters in Flitcroft Street looked a lot like a theatre. Bolzoni & Walsh and Orla Kiely presented their A/W 2013 collections during London Fashion Week today, but instead of the usual catwalks, the designers created a more interactive way to show their new works.

Downstairs, the married couple of designers brought their usual androgynous designs  to the extreme.

At the entrance of their exhibition, a couple of models comfortably posed on two bikes. They wore leather jackets, tight leggings and wedge heels, because boots are too predictable and not cool enough. Hair was perfectly ruffled by an imaginary light wind.

On the side of the main room, there is a long corridor with pictures of the new outfits from the latest collection. 

The designers played matching jeans and leather on long, loose shirts. A bold, red velvet suit with a red shirt stood out in a collection dominated by dark, winter colours.

Bolzoni & Walsh know how to emphasise the feminine figure with a short dark dress, black tights and aggressive heels.

Once again the designers delivered an interesting image of next season’s woman: she can have a pretty face but look tough at the same time.

In the same building, upstairs, Orla Kiely brought us back to the 60s. The presentation of her new A/W 2013 collection looks more like an art installation than the usual fashion show. The models were dressed up like secretaries from the 60s – all busy in a fictionalised office, typing, answering the phone, walking down the catwalk entertaining the photographers.

Kiely’s new outfits – cardigan or jumper on shirt and skirt – mix and match pastel colours; the designer creates contrasts between delicate nuances and dark tones.

To reinforce the feeling of an art installation, a model sat at her desk in the middle of another room, posing and smiling at visitors and photographers.

Monica Guerrasio

Photos: Ambra Vernuccio

More about the author


Share this story


  • Pin It
  • Share on Google+
  • Reddit
  • Stumble
  • LinkedIn

Latest related

PFW – Moncler Gamme Rouge A/W 2013 collection
PFW – Moncler Gamme Rouge A/W 2013 collection

We were whisked away to the arctic during the Moncler Gamme Rouge autumn/winter show. Huskies and polar bears were the [read more]

Claire Barrow: ‘OH, how it is to be mundane’ collection A/W 13
Claire Barrow: ‘OH, how it is to be mundane’ collection A/W 13

If you’re one to customise old tired clothes then look no further for fabulous inspiration than the London-based [read more]

LFW – London Fashion Week’s Longest Catwalk Presenting Carlotta Actis Barone
LFW – London Fashion Week’s Longest Catwalk Presenting Carlotta Actis Barone

Street catwalks aren’t something you normally come across during the hustle and bustle of press and fans at Somerset [read more]

LFW – Heohwan Simulation A/W 2013 collection
LFW – Heohwan Simulation A/W 2013 collection

Political fashion was all over the AW13 agenda at the Heohwan Simulation on Monday evening, based in the infamous [read more]

LFW – KTZ behind the scenes A/W 2013
LFW – KTZ behind the scenes A/W 2013

While fashion-lovers queue outside the venues, dozen of people are running behind the stage to prepare every single [read more]

Archives