Temperley London Fall 2016 Show Brings Mermaids and Pirates to LFW

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.

Temperley London Fall/Winter 2016-2017 RTW - London Fashion Week

“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

Recent Posts

Stella McCartney Autumn/Winter 2018 Collection

One of the advantages, when you're a daughter of an infamous pop singer, is that your father can entertain the guests at any party you host. Stella McCartney got her dad Paul McCartney up on...

Nike’s “The 1 Reimagined” Collection Is All About Female Empowerment

The sneaker industry is finally becoming more inclusive for women's designs. Over the past few years, sneakers became a must-have item in every fashionista’s closet. Fashion influencers started including them in every one of their...

90s Trends To Rock Today

It’s more than obvious that everyone is obsessed with fashion pieces reinvented from previous decades. During 2017 we witnessed the rise of many upgraded past trends. Influences from the '70s, '80s, and '90s dominated in...

Katy Perry x CoverGirl Lip Gloss Collection

Katy Perry is finally expanding her CoverGirl makeup collection. The famous singer is launching 12 new shades of lip glosses, dubbed Katy Kat Lip Glosses. Perry is known for her merry personality, bold makeup, and...

Alexander Wang To Leave New York Fashion Week

Alexander Wang joins the long list of designers that are leaving New York Fashion Week. The designer announced that the Fall 2018 show this February will mark the last time he is showing during the...