Alice Temperley’s oeuvre is all about elegant, playful, coquettish, cheerful, flirtatious woman – all rolled into one. And the Temperley London fall/winter 2016-2017 RTW line unveiled yesterday made an enlivening replenishment to the list bringing about the naughty essence of a woman. To achieve her goal the British designer tried her wings in the pirate lifestyle successfully interlacing it with alluring and magnetic mermaids and nymphs living deep in the ocean and coming out of the water surface only to intoxicate every living soul.
“She’s very elegant and as playful as before, but she’s just a bit naughtier this time,” the designer said. “She sort of tells the story of a very young and fresh mermaid who goes a little bit dark and pirate-like and then comes back as a mermaid in the end.” Her brain-child sailed right through the Caribbean Sea running across a marvellous mermaid at times assuming a mannish pirate disguise, at times going back to her fragile mermaid spirit.
The contrast dreamt up was really lovely and inspiring all impregnated with white, cream, baby blue, lilac, lavender, blue-grey and rust shades. The pirate theme and the designer’s idea to garner all the tattoos of her friends, gave her carte blanche to create a bevy of pieces with prints and motifs galore ranging from aromatic roses, forget-me-nots, cherries and swallows holding loads of ribbons in their beaks to seafaring-worthy anchors, jellyfish, seahorses and words “LOST AT SEA” peeping in between. There were also many leopards waylaying, the tattoo ideas of heart locks, stars and dice having inspired Temperley mostly.
The amalgamation of all these images on a single look was at times bringing forth a real chaos and a watchful eye to figure out what is what like that tulle flowing dress with center slit replete with myriads of flowers, a couple of swallows and fish, while the hem sheltering a jellyfish free-swimming through the waters. The chaotic milieu was everywhere whether we looked at a midi illusion dress, a black cape, a black midi dress + knitted sweater combo or an amazing silver grey baby-doll dress with layered bell sleeves.
The sailor-inspired froggings on cropped corduroy jackets, midi skirts, capes, vests and even on diaphanous fabrics were the starting point in turning a fragile mermaid into a vigorous and naughty woman, which kicked it with even higher gear when a series of pirate suits came to arena – pussy bow white shirts with long puffed sleeves teamed with slouchy pants and cropped jackets or vests. Alas, there weren’t any swords, rifles or flintlocks for more tableau to marvel at!
Ethereal gowns, the forte of Alice Temperley, were of course in attendance starting from a white cotton dress with many ruffled layers, a blue maxi flaring dress knee-deep in flowers, a black diaphanous one with many layers and with many green-lilac-lavender floral embroidered embellishments, and finishing with an amazing bunch; we heard those wedding bells clearly enough and got the eyeful of bohemian bridal dresses in white, silver grey and powdery pink shades demonstrating Temperley’s delicate handicraft with gems, sequins and beads.
Photos courtesy of Vogue