Runway Spotlight: Temperley London
Vodafone Fashion Week | London
Spotlighting a favorite from SpringSummer 2013:
Well, here is another of the D of C’s favorites and this time, the focus is on Alice Temperley of Temperley of London. Ms. Temperley has made a reputation for herself by designing beautiful dresses for woman of all ages. Her collections usually feature embellished designs yet remain very tasteful and rarely, if ever, over the top and always with more than a dollop of chic.
This season, I am torn between thinking this is about the “bee keeper” or possibly an Asian influence due to the “coolie” hat which was so prevalent during this show. Whichever and whatever the inspirations or references, the Spring grouping once again strikes a note for pretty, beautiful clothes. Many of the looks were of the more fitted top and full skirt variety, but saying that they were influenced by Dior’s new look seems to stretch the thread a tad thin… Don’t you think? There is so very little of, if anything, that has a retro vibe to it since the collection is apparently very modern.
Standouts included the all-white day pieces and the long vibrant colored languid pieces. One thing worth noting is that there is a distinct restraint in the lack of embellishments and embroideries, which have become a part of the Temperley DNA. The prevalence of white was welcomed here as was the wonderful ice blue with the occasional palest of grey. There is an ageless quality here and for sure there are many styles that will find their way into the closet of said Duchess of Cambridge. | Jeffrey Felner
picture via Giovanni Giannoni