Orla Kiely – A Life In Pattern


As one of the most recognizable and iconic designers of the last few decades, it only seems right that the Fashion and Textiles museum are celebrating the work of Orla Kiely in their latest exhibition “A Life in Pattern”.


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Since her London Fashion Week debut in 1994, the designer has been recognised for her perfectly repeatable retro patterns and a nostalgic colour pallet. “Growing up in Ireland in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s was intrinsic to my creative DNA.” Inspired by all things mid centaury and with a love for nature, Kiely’s work is charming, uplifting and stylized.

In the Fashion and Textile Museums latest exhibition, visitors are able to see over 150 patterns and products from the Orla Kiely archive and a unique insight into her inspiration and design process. The exhibition explores the power of decoration and the impact pattern can have on our life.


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“Overseeing every single detail within the design process, Orla Kiely is meticulous, motivated, focused and passionate. Prior to production, every aspect matters to her from the first phase of designing to making, mixing colours, creating artwork and sampling.” Fashion and Textile Museum


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“Pattern is not a trend for me, to be taken up one minute and abandoned the next when the winds of fashion change. Pattern is in me. It is my life” OrlaKiely for The Fashion and Textiles Museum


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Kiely’s work spans across home-ware, fashion and accessories and her pattern handwriting lends itself to all 3 product categories.  Her designs are translated through print, embroidery, knitwear and woven fabrics with her unique taste of colour carried throughout each product.

Here is a closer look at her work:


Images courtesy of Orla Kiely



Orla Kiely Spring Summer 2017 New York Fashion Week. Photography courtesy of Orla Kiely.


Image 1: Orla KielyAutumn Winter 2017 Campaign. Photography courtesy of Orla Kiely, Image 2: Orla KielyResort 2016 Campaign. Photography courtesy of Orla Kiely


Image 1: L’Orla 2018, Photography courtesy of Orla Kiely, Image 2: Stem Lookbook 2018, Photography courtesy of Orla Kiely11


You can see the Life in Pattern exhibition at the Fashion and Textiles Museum until the 23rd September










Mr Doodle



Last month, Exchange Square in London held a beautiful exhibition allowing us to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. “A Sense of Space” was a collection of 3 rooms each with different sensory experience and there was one in particular, being a room full of motifs, that I fell in love with.

Unique and uplifting artist MrDoodle covered one of the rooms full of his enchanting motifs. From the floor you walked on, to the walls, the desk and even the foam sofa, every little corner was covered in a seemingly satisfying way.


As he created this space he was wearing is very own Mr Doodle printed suit paired with some Mr Doodle shoes.


Described as ‘Graffiti Spagetti’, “his clusters of characters, objects and patterns group together in a formation that appears to continue to grow relentlessly.” We also love how he manages to draw himself in each of his instillations somewhere.


MrDoodle’s Doodle of himself




Images from @MrdoodleInstagramand http://www.broadgate.co.uk

Inside Out – Warehouse X The Barbican

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The complex landscape of the Barbican estate, London, is the inspiration behind Warehouse’s new spring summer collection, Inside Out. Prints are based on the granite, rough textures of the exterior of the building to exotic palm prints inspired by the interior of the conservatory.

To help showcase their collection, Warehouse invited six inspirational women from within the dynamic community to model and share their love for their surroundings of the Barbican whilst modeling the eclectically printed collection.

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Not only are the prints inspired by the landscape of the barbican, the type of fabrics that have been used have been specifically chosen to mimic the textures of the brutalist building.

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Climbing Bamboo and Songbird print

The mix of pretty botanical patterns and in a modern, exciting new concept allows the collection to be both commercial and eye catching. The trend of bringing the outdoors in has been an ongoing interest within both fashion and interiors for a few years now but it certainly isn’t disappearing. The name of the collection ‘Inside out’ celebrates this idea and allows us to have an glimpse within such a well loved London landmark

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Hot house print

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Granite print


London Fashion Week Fall 2018


Richard Quinn Fall 18 backstage, The Impression

London Fashion Week was truly one to remember for Fall 18. A city renowned for its design flare and new talent in the fashion, even Queen Elizabeth thought it was worth being a part of and made her first appearance at LFW. Her Majesty awarded print focused fashion designer Richard Quinn with The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.

Her Majesty taking in all the great print at the Richard Quinn show, Vogue.com

Alongside all of the LFW front page news, print is continuing to take center stage on the catwalks and varying in all kind of ways. With previous seasons being dominated by florals, AW18 collections are seeing many other print trends emerging.

Here is a look at some of the newness that we spotted coming off the catwalk:

Print Mix

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Left to right – Peter Pilotto, Natasha Zinko, Richard Quinn, Simone Rocha

Splicing, garment reconstruction and merging patterns, all kinds of prints are found on any one garment on the runway. We especially love the combination of florals with checks as this feels really new and different.


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Left to right – Ports 1961, Halpern, Preen, Emilia Wickstead

One of the biggest print trends of the season, Animal, can be found in a safari of different skins; snake, cow, leopard, tiger to name just a few.


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Left to right – Richard Quinn, Temperley London, Mother of Pearl, Delpozo

Spots are all everywhere and the newest way to wear spots seems to be the varied combination of scales and plays on negative and positive juxtapositioning.

Bright Florals

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Left to right – Richard Quinn, Osman, Alice Archer, Osman

Despite this being an Autumn/Winter catwalk, florals continue from the summer to be bright and fun. It is going to be important for print to still be vibrant in the winter months allowing fashion to be optimistic all year around.


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Left to right – Emilia Wickstead, Fashion East, Rejina Pyo, Marta Jakubowski

With checks being the main print focus of the Versace show in Milan, London was also drenched in checks. Pink and red colourways seem to be prominen. We love the combination of different colours of the same checks in one outfit by Marta Jakubowski.


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Left to right – JW Anderson, JW Anderson, Emilia Wickstead, Temperley London

Stripes continue to dominate the catwalks in all forms from cut about, diagonal, variegated and in many different colour combinations. JW Anderson show the amazing contrast between bold varsity style stripes against place, variegated bright stripes.

All images from Vogue.co.uk

London Design Week 2018


From the 4th to the 9th March, Chelsea Harbour becomes the home of London Design Week 2018, ‘an unmissable event that is essential for anyone who wants the inside track on the latest design thinking.’


‘The interior design world’s Mecca’ Vanity Fair

Chanelling the design world’s rising spirit of individuality and creative expression, London Design Week 2018 seeks to go beyond fleeting trends. This is an event where powerful design professionals can engage with established makers; style-seekers can delve deeper into their design passions via talks, demonstrations, workshops and discovery tours; and luxury brands can converse with emerging influencers and tastemakers.


‘Europe’s flagship for design and decoration’ House & Garden

Visitors who value genuine talent, skill and provenance can discover the latest offerings from 120 exhibitors from around the world, while on the main stage, international speakers share their knowledge at the authoritative Conversations in Design series. A new initiative is ‘Legends’, which sees connoisseurs from the worlds of design and decoration, art, fashion and architecture collaborate to transform an array of showroom windows and showcases with wit and verve.


Trade preview: 4 – 6 March 2018

All welcome: 7 – 9 March 2018

10am – 6pm

Event Location

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 0XE




The printed sleepwear brand, Yolke, was bought to our attention after a collaboration with Whistles last year. The brand was launched by friends Ella Ringer and Anna Williamson in 2013 after working at Temperley together. The pair describe the brand as ‘a loungewear brand with a DNA in print led design’ which is definitely apparent across their vibrant patterned range. With Ella Ringer designing the brand’s contemporary bespoke prints, pattern is really at the heart of this brand and is a very important factor in each collection.


Anna Williamson and Ella Ringer, founders of Yolke


Anna Williamson and Ella Ringer, founders of Yolke

Yolke created a range for Whistles featuring two exclusive prints (Fly Away and Wild Thistle) across silk pajama sets and eye masks.

The combination of fashion forward, playful prints and luxurious fabrics has gained the brand a reputation as a contemporary, stylish leisure label. Now a well respected, sort after brand in Selfridges, the brand is going from strength to strength.


@yolkegirl Instagram


@yolkegirl Instagram

Here are a look at some of their current collections:


Botanist collection


Havana collection


Stripes collection

We also love how you can shop collections visually by prints.




Scoop is a premium and contemporary womenswear and accessories tradeshow held at the iconic Saatchi Gallery, London. The exhibitors are leaders in the industry – directional, talented, successful and unique.

Scoop was launched in February 2011 by fashion industry expert Karen Radley. With an impressive line-up of premium collections, Scoop is based around creating an international design-led and London-based exhibition for niche designers; one where labels do not have to battle one another for attention and where the diverse brand offering guarantees visitors something they have not seen elsewhere. Today, Scoop has become a key destination for showcasing over 250 international contemporary designers.

We went along to spot brands that had interesting prints looking for colour, style, quirkiness or sheer beauty. The environment was clean bright and inviting and as a visitor a truly pleasurable experience.

Below are some of the collections that really caught our eye and some we will review in more detail in future blogs. We were debating whether to go as we are so busy and the moment on Friday afternoon and then realized that it is too easy to sit at one’s desk thinking that inspiration might come to us. Wrong, inspiration has to be seeked out and this day gave us a tonnage of ideas.

We hope that you enjoy our picks
















Great ladies in lovely prints.

Transporting Textiles


UK-based British design studio, Wallace Sewell, was established by Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell in 1990. Working from London and Dorset, this progressive studio pioneers excellence and originality within their woven products.


Since teaming up in 1992, the pair have designed cushions, rugs and throws for the Tate, West Elm and Anthropologie, among others. They have even recreated Jimi Hendrix’s bedspread for his former London house (now a museum). What unites their work is a love of colour. “We’re very choosy about it,” says Wallace-Jones. “Every year we have an artist whose work we refer to at the start of a new collection.”
Text by ‘The Guardian

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All collections are designed and sampled on hand-looms in Dorset then production is woven in the north of England. ‘Wallace & Sewell’ are very proud to maintain a truly British brand.
And you can’t get much more British than the ‘London Underground’………
In 2010 they entered and won an open competition to create a new moquette for the Bakerloo, Northern and Jubliee lines.


This iconic design depicts various city landmarks such as the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben and Tower Bridge. They continue to work with TFL, with further challenging and exciting projects in the pipeline.

The House Of Wallpaper by Graham & Brown


From the 18th September to 4th October, 2017 Graham & Brown, the UK’s largest wallpaper design and manufacturer, held the exhibition The House of Wallpaper for the London Design Festival where visitors were taken on an immersive journey to look at the history of wallpaper and discover what the future holds for the walls that surround us.


Visitors are able to experience wallpaper in a futuristic way

Immersive kaleidoscope experience has been created in The Cube with a stunning, visual trompe l’oeil paper effect.

For over seventy years, Graham & Brown has inspired the nation to think differently about their walls, from creating its first embossed wallpaper to today’s contemporary prints. Founded in 1946 by Harold Graham and Henry Brown, the business is still family-run to this day in Blackburn, Lancashire, and has become the UK’s leading wallpaper designer and manufacturer.


Display of diiferent ideas for wallpaper designs

Thriving on continuous innovation and creativity through design and craftsmanship, Graham & Brown creates trend-setting wallpaper collections for the home, complemented by a unique paint collection, wall art and home accessories. These are sold internationally to 75 countries through its divisions in North America, France, Holland, Russia, China and Australia.

Left to Right – Samples of next seasons prints, Screens showing the printing process of wallpaper


‘Pick and Play’ installation created with Microsoft Surface

“As one of the few British wallpaper manufactures remaining, we are so excited to be able to host and create such a multi-layered creative space for people to take a journey that tells the story of design, craft and materiality for walls. This is a rare chance to have a close-up look at the level of craft, artistry and scale of processes that goes into the making of over 16 million rolls per year.”

Explains Andrew Graham, MBE, CEO of Graham & Brown.

The exhibition draws you in with beautiful peony’s and roses decorating the entrance and leads you all the way through to the reception area. We fell in love with the car parked outside printed in the stunning ‘ Pierre’ design.

Outside the exhibition on Greek Street, Soho


Visitors are taken through the design process on the first floor of the townhouse and are able to see the initial drawings of some of the wallpaper designs.

Here is a look at some of the Graham & Brown current wallpaper designs:

Left to right – Botanical Powder Wallpaper, Chinoiserie Canary Wallpaper

Left to right – Ubud Mayhem Wallpaper, Stroma Origami Wallpaper

Watch the video below to see the exhibition come to life:

With thanks to the press team at Graham & Brown, All images courtesy of Graham & Brown.