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GIRL ON FILM: Orla Kiely has become the latest designer to collaborate with a filmmaker. To showcase her spring 2011 collection, Kiely tapped Gia Coppola, Sofia Coppola’s niece, to make a whimsical, Sixties-inspired short film starring actress Nathalie Love.

Styled by Leith Clark, Love skips around London wearing Kiely’s shift dresses and fitted princess coats. “It all came about very quickly — we just finished editing the film two days ago,” Kiely said Friday. “We let Gia come up with the idea. When you decide to work with someone, you want to let them do what they want.”

This story first appeared in the September 20, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.


Not surprisingly, Kiely’s spring collection has a Sixties feel: filled with chiffon tea dresses with round collars, draped knee-length dresses and A-line skirts in colors such as tomato red, peach and pale yellow. “The collection was inspired by a French film I remembered from when I was young, ‘Les Demoiselles de Rochefort,’” Kiely related.

The designer has more projects afoot: Next month in the U.S., Conran will release “Pattern,” a coffee-table book detailing Kiely’s best-known prints and inspirations. Kiely has also designed a Citroen DS3 car covered in her cream and brown Acorn print that will be available in the U.K. from January.

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