• #insideout oi oi @cosstores and @currentelliott - who made your clothes??? @fash_rev
  • Last @designerjumble outfit of the day - @saundersstudio jacket, Betty Jackson jacket, Antithesis shirt, @fromsomewhereuk top, Loewe skirt, Luella bag
  • More brilliant @designerjumble pieces @prada top and skirt, Antony Price parachute dress @rupertsanderson shoes
  • Made In Britain pieces by @jameslonglondon and @topshop Who made your clothes? #InsideOut @fash_rev
  • Amazing pieces from a 1,500 collection of Hannalore Smart, widow of Circus King Billy Smart Jr... Alaia,  Gaultier, Comme, Issey Miyake, Prada... All going into @designerjumble soon with some on auction!! Gaultier corset, vintage customised jeans, Prada shoes, CdG skirt - very Meadham Kirchhoff SS13!

It will soon be that almighty confusing time when I'll be straddling seasons – gushing and gawping at spring summer 2013, wearing autumn winter 2012-3, re-wearing spring summer 2012 and then chucking in some really old seasons in just for good measure.  And that's taking the physical weather out of the equation.  For instance I found myself nuzzling my face up against the softest of knitwear in the height of June in Florentine sunshine that had my skin peeling.  At Pitti Uomo, if I see something I vaguely like at the tradeshow, I normally make eye contact and hope that the person at the stand makes the first move and speak up.  If they don't, then I shuffle away gormlessly.  Blame it on innate Chinese awkwardness.  When I caught a glimpse of Orley's S/S 13 knitwear though, I think I may have stopped in my tracks, beamed a broad smile and immediately swooped in to find out more about what I was looking at.  

Orley are brothers Alex and and Matthew Orley and his now-girlfriend Samantha Florence who all met at summer camp in Canada.  Over the last decade, the trio gained experience in PR, retail and all facets of knitwear at the likes of Helmut Lang, rag & bone and Thom Browne.  In 2011, this tight-knit (see what I did there?) three decided to do their own thing with a debut collection of knitwear for A/W 12-3.  Orley is both fun and precise at the same time – fun because their way of interpreting references are idiosyncratic and precise because they have a dedication to using the best Italian knitwear manufacterers and generally getting the product right.  The A/W 12-3 collection launched with a spare collection of menswear-focused hoodies, jumpers, cardis and scarves but it's their simple yet effective selection of colours and design that make the product compelling.  

Inevitably, as with other highly focused knittists that have emerged in the last few years such as Sibling and Monsieur Lacenaire, the demand for womenswear sizing soon comes calling.  Therefore the S/S 13 collection is skewed towards both sexes.  Islamic art is remixed in a pastel palette, fused with twentieth century modernism and 1960s graphic design.  If you squint a little at the moodboard they showed me on their iPad, you can see some pastel hues courtesy of a little outfit I wore at Paris Fashion Week, which goes some way to explaining why I was so drawn to the collection when I saw it at Pitti.  You avoid sacharrine submersion with the pastel hues when you have two tone knits, mixing dark brick or teal blue with a murkier olive green, rendered as leather collared knit bikers.  T-shirts and thinner knits solve the problem of knitwear in the summer but the chunkier offerings are equally appealing as they utilise interesting stich techniques combining their unusual colour pairings.  Knitted ties in enlarged houndstooth, retro zig-zags, cam, pixi-florals as well as that Islamic floral motif would tempt either guy or gal to hone their tie-knotting skills, and somehow for me a knitted tie doesn't feel as awkward as wearing a real one.

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Jumpers from Orley's A/W 12-3 collection that are available at selected stockists and are so lovely that even Hong Kong's 34 degree hot-n-humid cesspit hasn't deterred me from wearing them.  

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Comments (27)

  1. What a great line. Love all of the patterns!

  2. ttea says:

    I really love knitwear, there’s just something about it. I really like the sweaters with the flowers on them. I also like your yellow sweater.
    http://fashionananthropologicalpointofview.blogspot.ca/

  3. Tara says:

    This is such a lovely collection! The colours are so sweet and pastel-ly – with a bit of an edge – and I absolutely love your yellow lace shorts, Susie!
    Best Wishes,
    Tara
    http://dandelionden.blogspot.co.uk/

  4. Orley says:

    Wow! We are so flattered by your kind words, Susie! Can’t wait to see you soon!

  5. Helen says:

    Cute knits, particularly loving the first cardy pictured – great print and colour!

  6. vanessa says:

    These knits are gorgeous, I love the knitted zip up and the grey and yellow ssweater is so yummy, I want these for A/W!
    xxx
    http://www.vanessalucy.blogspot.co.uk

  7. Anastasios says:

    I love that blue jacket with the big zip and collar and those great lace shorts that you wear dear Sussie!
    xoxoxo

  8. Aela says:

    I love that red knit you’re wearing!!! Gosh, I want one!
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  9. Natalie says:

    On the subject of seasons, try being a buyer in London, living SS12 buying AW12 then moving to Sydney, living AW11, buying SS12 all over again and then AW12 just when the SS13 shows are about to show.
    Totally groundhog day right now!!

  10. jean cave says:

    In Cornwall . . we have Four Seasons everyday. I rely on Cashmere and Possum wool.

  11. Thank you for introducing this line, wonderful prints and use of fabrics.
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  12. Kazuko says:

    the ties… ugh, everything – i’m in love with everything!

  13. uczelnia says:

    Nice outfits! thanks for sharing the blog.Keep on update the blog.

  14. Fleur says:

    Wow I love the yellow lace short you’re wearing!
    Have a nice day,
    Fleur
    http://laviefleurit.blogspot.com

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  16. Sari Purdy says:

    I love the blue sweater. It is stylish and warm.

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  18. There is more than what meets the eye to knit’s wear not only are they elegant but stylish as well. They are comfortable when you put thm on and tey are kind of unique.

  19. I love all the knits they are elegant stylish and they provide warmth.They are all trend plus they are up to date.

  20. sheetal says:

    All collection is very pretty which is give fashionable look and style.
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  21. Noe Farrell says:

    Wow! What a great line of patterns! I really love the fashion collection above. Everything looks so unique and there is more than what meets the eye to knit’s wear; all brings out not only an elegance but also stylish look!Keep up the great work!

  22. Deadly Bite says:

    I love the red sweater you are wearing in the last pic! <3

  23. pandora says:

    I love that red knit you’re wearing!!I want one!

  24. PongRus says:

    Nice post. I enjoy this post gorgeously with all of my friends.Really nice.thanks.

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