When Manchester-based designer Laura Orchant graduated in 2012, some of London’s biggest department stores and fashion design houses came knocking on her door. Fortunately, she decided to go it alone with a collection of scarves launched that summer. Now, seven seasons later, we’re welcoming her botanical designs to the rails of Robinsons.
With her designs already revered by some of fashion’s biggest influencers - Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and Fearne Cotton, to name but a few – the future for this accessories designer is looking as bright as the print on her colourful creations.
Laura singlehandedly creates every print in the collection each season, drawing designs by hand to begin, before creating digital versions which are then transferred on to the silk or cashmere blend scarves.
If you have visited Robinsons recently, you may have noticed Laura Orchant scarves adding some high-octane contrast to simple colour-block dresses, but there are plenty more ways to wear them. Here are four suit-all suggestions to get you started:
Draped and belted
The Fashion Weeks are set to begin around the globe and belted scarves are guaranteed to make an appearance. Cara Delevingne, Olivia Palermo and Laura Bailey are fans of the belted look, wrapping a slim leather belt around their waists atop a longer length silk or cashmere scarf. Best of all, your scarf will look as good over a coat now, as it will belted over a mid-length dress when spring rolls around.
Accessorize your accessories
Tie in a big bow, wrap around the handle of a smart satchel or tie it in a loose knot on the strap. Adding a scarf to your handbags will give them a whole new lease of life without breaking the bank.
On the beach
If a silk scarf isn’t in your holiday hand-luggage, you’re missing a trick. Not only will a scarf add glamour to an effortless airport outfit, it’ll also keep you warm when the air-conditioning kicks in on the plane and double up as a chic sarong on the beach. You’ll wonder how you ever travelled without one.
Wrapped up high
Wrap your scarf two or three times around the neck, knotting on top and leaving just the tips loose for a grown-up take on the choker trend. This off-duty look was made for the weekend, freshening up your failsafe jeans and T-shirt combo.
Shop SS17 Laura Orchant scarves in store now at Robinsons.