When Orla Kiely launched her first collection for Uniqlo, I was all over it. I'm a long-time fan of Orla's beautiful prints and will jump at any chance to get my hands on her creations... especially at Uniqlo's amazingly reasonable prices.
I'm also a Heattech convert and cannot survive a northern winter without my vast collection of their magical long-sleeve tees. As a constant shiverer (pretty sure I'm actually reptilian, my blood is so cold), the clever insulating technology used in Heattech means I don't need to wear my duvet to work. Which is good.
Now to bring these two thoughts together in a glorious collaboration I cannot wait to get my hands on - the Orla Kiely Heattech Collection.
Oh-so lovely! Orla's pretty prints splashed across the most function of garments is surely a match made somewhere divine. I also adore how Orla described the collection:
‘With the idea of a ‘happy winter’ in mind, I have created a joyful burst of prints inspired by a living winter forest with all its flora and fauna. The designs visualise falling leaves and dragonflies dancing in the light, squirrels, little robins, mistletoe and brambles. I used a palette of rich jewel-like colours such as emerald and amethyst and autumnal hues of amber and ruby combined to lift and enhance the true spirit of winter.’
Aaaahhh! All the things I love about this season, captured in one beautiful collection. And the red-headed model is now my number one girl crush. Perfection.
My gushing is genuine, so I'm quite ridiculously excited to be 'professionally involved' with the launch of this collection. On Weds 30th October at 8pm, I'll be taking part in a Google Hangout with Orla Kiely herself, hosted by lovely Carrie from Wish Wish Wish. Along with a handful of other bloggers, I'll be asking Orla a couple of questions about the Heattech collection and her career as a designer. Can I squee? Squee!
If you'd like to see me blush my way through my questions, you can watch the Hangout when it goes live here. You can also ask Orla your own questions by tweeting @Uniqlo_UK, and they may get asked on air.
The Orla Kiely Heattech Collection launches online on Mon 28th Oct and in-store on Thurs 31st Oct. Form an orderly queue, ladies...