Meet The Dotty. Geeky, quirky and larger than life, she’s walked the runways of London Fashion Week and is one of six irresistible styles that make up our latest collaboration with British designer Orla Kiely.Shop the Collection
After launching her fashion line in 1997, Orla Kiely's playful and retro designs became favourites of the British fashion set —and our design team at Clarks. After the sell-out success of our S/S collaboration, we've teamed up with the designer again to create a winter collection featuring her signature quirky silhouettes and our famous craftsmanship. Showcased at Orla's London show in February, the shoes got rave reviews. Says Orla: 'I love what Clarks stand for and I have a nostalgic association with them from childhood. To combine fashion and comfort for me is perfect so I was very excited to work with them again.'
The Autumn/winter collection started life on the floor of our design studio. 'Orla came down with a bag of vintage shoes and tipped them out,' says designer Adrienne. From the start, the brief was clear. The shoes had to be retro, but not from a recognisable decade. The shape had to be slim with one blocky heel from low to high. And everything had to have a strap and outsize buckle.
The result: a capsule collection of shoes with big personalities. A little bit 60s, a little bit 70s; part geek chic, part party shoe. All larger than life; all in the sort of delicious colours you'd expect from Orla Kiely. And all beautifully made by Clarks.
'When Clarks came to us, we knew we wanted to be true to ourselves.
We have the same philosophies – style, comfort, quality design and British.
We loved the idea of working with a company who could realise our vision with very wearable shoes' ORLA
CLARKS DOES THE SHOWS
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ORLA ON THE COLLECTION
'One comment people keep making to me is, these are shoes you think about and dream about, but you can't find them in the stores until now!'
'The Chelsea boot, Orla Daphne, is going to be the easiest boot to wear – it's beautifully made. It has quality all over it.'
'The Orla Dixie mid heel style is a great everyday boot. The brogue feature gives it a slightly retro feel.'
'The Orla Dilly shoe works great for day or night. The cut out section makes it contemporary and cool.'
'The flat shoe, Orla Dora, is a great twist on the low-heeled loafer. The 3 button detail is super cute.'
'I love the Orla Dorothy. It’s an easy mid-heeled mary jane with punched hole detailing.'
'I love the Orla Dotty. I love the block heel, the T-bar and the exaggerated broguing. For me, that's the more dressy, going out shoe.'