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Orla Kiely’s staycation chic: she’s back to brighten up your vacation

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Orla Kiely’s staycation chic: After a four-year break from fashion, she’s back to brighten up your vacation

  • Orla Kiely, the designer behind the Stem print, is back after four years
  • Irish fashion designer teams up with Regatta for a collaboration
  • The cheerful range includes sundresses, sandals, bucket hats and pop-up beach tents and camping gear

Are you planning a staycation this summer? The good news is you’ll be avoiding airport hell. The bad? Well, let’s face it, there’s a reason we Brits are all over the place about the weather.

And while you might wish your holiday wardrobe consisted of caftans and sandals, you really do need wellies and a waterproof jacket. Enter Orla Kiely, the designer behind the instantly recognizable Stem print, who, thanks to a collaboration with Regatta, is back to brighten up the great British summer.

Her cheerful range includes sundresses, sandals, bucket hats – and pop-up beach shelters and camping gear. Kiely fans will find a lot to love in the prints. They all have her retro sensibility.

Dress, £40, regatta.com; sandals, £179, lkbennett.com

This has been Kiely’s specialty since she founded the company, with her husband Dermott Rowan, in 1995. Her tribal print coated fabric tote bags and pillows were mainstays of Britain’s home accessories and homewares industry in the 2000s – few of us didn’t buy into somehow to the brand. Kiely also designed fashion collections – both Alexa Chung and the Duchess of Cambridge wore her vintage-look dresses.

Top, £50, regatta.com;  jeans, £49.99, zara.com;  jersey, £69, boden.co.uk;  sandals, £79, puzzle-online.com

Top, £50, regatta.com; jeans, £49.99, zara.com; jersey, £69, boden.co.uk; sandals, £79, puzzle-online.com

Jacket, £110, regatta.com;  T-shirt, £12.95, gap.co.uk;  skirt, £115, puzzle-online.com;  wellies, £115, hunterboots.com

Blouse, £55, regatta.com;  shorts, £139, lkbennett.com;  sandals, £89, hush-uk.com;  bag, £45, phase-eight.com

Left: jacket, £110, regatta.com; T-shirt, £12.95, gap.co.uk; skirt, £115, puzzle-online.com; wellies, £115, hunterboots.com. Right: blouse, £55, regatta.com; shorts, £139, lkbennett.com; sandals, £89, hush-uk.com; bag, £45, phase-eight.com

But in 2018, Kiely’s fashion company went bankrupt — she described the collapse as “a death” — and while her range of accessories and homeware is available online, the Regatta collaboration marks her first foray into fashion since then. Fortunately, it has all the hallmarks of a hit. Given the range of Regatta – over 60 shops and partners in the UK – Kiely’s picnic blankets, cooler bags and windbreaks could become the unofficial beach set of summer ’22. Heading to a chi-chi campsite? At the shower block you can play ‘spot de Orla slides’.

Blouse, £55, regatta.com;  pants, £99, puzzle online.com;  sandals, £179, lkbennett.com

Blouse, £55, regatta.com; pants, £99, jigsawonline.com; sandals, £179, lkbennett.com

For Kiely, choosing the must-have piece from the collaboration is simple: “The pac-a-mac.” she tells me. “It reminds me of the camping holidays we had in the 1970s.”

Dress, £40, regatta.  com;  shoes, £49.99, zara.com;  bag, £129, whistles.com

Dress, £40, regatta. com; shoes, £49.99, zara.com; bag, £129, whistles.com

Jacket, £110, regatta.com;  T-shirt, £50, puzzle-online.com;  skirt, £199, lkbennett.com;  trainers, £80, schuh.co.uk

Jacket, £110, regatta.com; T-shirt, £50, puzzle-online.com; skirt, £199, lkbennett.com; trainers, £80, schuh.co.uk

From chic pac-a-macs to playful printed wellies, the range is suitable for all weather conditions – just what you need to keep you entertained during the wettest staycations

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