The Temperley London fall/winter 2015-2016 collection was certainly not your typical fashion show with sexy or out of this world style pieces. On the contrary, this time around it appeared as if the greatest markers of culture from around the world served as inspiration for this particular collection that took the London Fashion Week runway by storm. It was certainly nice to see some older models take to the stage as well, including 37-year-old Sophie Dahl. Since the Temperly line was all about sophistication, it is hard to imagine a better or more perfect fit for the role of modeling the designs as this lovely English rose, as she has been dubbed by many in the media. Even more intriguing is the fact that there were two pregnant models on the runway as well, making the London Fashion Week even more inclusive and accessible that previously believed. It’s nice to know that motherhood is celebrated in the world of fashion as well and seeing a woman begin to balloon does not detract from her inherent beauty.
The fashion baby of Alice Temperley of Somerset in the United Kingdom, Temperley London was launched in the year 2000 and has gained in fame ever since, particularly since her designs are a favourite of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. The Duchess isn’t the only customer of note for Alice Temperley as she caters to the needs of Halle Berry, Emma Watson, Keira Knightley, Naomi Campbell, Reese Witherspoon, Sienna Miller, Kate Hudson, Eva Mendez, Claire Danes and so many others as well. To date, the company has been owned by Alice Temperley and her husband, though there have been rumours in the past of Gucci hoping to buy the fashion house.
This season, it was all about the exotic prints and the extremely luxe textiles, with a theme set befitting the venue at the Royal Institute of British Architects. Micro-sequined fabrics appeared adorning the silhouetted of the models in magnolia gold and Moroccan teal, while despite the 1920s feel, they were cut into 1990s style camisole dresses that remind us of Patrick Swayze’s movie “Ghost.” There is a certain lightness to many of the pieces, while the gold handiwork on the black floor length dresses is quite mesmerizing and reminds us of 1911 Paul Poiret coats.
The roaring ‘20s is definitely embodied in this collection quite well, including through the multi-colored floral embroidery. There was a subtle reminder that the pieces represent women from high society, with the opulence of the pieces and the exotic palettes bringing that world closer to ours with such ease. It’s a good thing that Temperley stays close to the season’s trends as well, incorporating the plunging necklines and the thigh high slits, along with sheer fabrics along the body and cut-outs in alluring regions. Perhaps the most captivating of all is the rich black velvets that bring to mind those little black dresses of olden days that your mother had stashed in her closet and that which you have confiscated as your own. A few tweaks here and there and it appears you can have a very Temperley London style piece of your own.
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