Offering us a slew of vibrant colors, ethereal, festival-like styles and a one-way ticket to Mexico, the newest Temperley London resort 2017 collection is here to make us daydream and long for the sunny days at the beach and the sound of the ocean waves crashing onto the shore. To find inspiration in and get overwhelmed by the nostalgic feelings Mexico and the ocean in general may evoke, Temperley London’s creative director Alice Temperley brought a bit of Mexico to her studios in London, namely, a few handmade dreamcatchers from Mexico she found while exploring the country during her trip a few months ago.
Like Erdem Moralioglu, who drew inspiration from his vacation in Japan for his Erdem resort 2017 collection, Alice lost herself in a wonderland, wherein nature, traditions and bright colors blend well together creating landscapes that are almost too fairytale-like for this planet. Influenced by her Mexican dreamcatcher, she quickly began drawing her resort 2017 line-up, ending up creating something that is as carefree and free-spirited, as vacations in Mexico.
“We are embracing that free spirit,” she stated, explaining that her Temperley girl is “in the desert, she’s slightly bleached out, and in the sun. We imagined her to be surrounded by dreamcatchers.”
The funny (if not almost magical) thing is that browsing through the lookbook, it is almost impossible for us not to feel like surrounded by dreamcatchers, with our dreams caught by the incredible color palette, psychedelic patterns and sinuous lines the designs feature, the latter not entirely curve-hugging the figures but enhancing them anyways.
“The engineering was really key this season,” revealed Temperley, confirming our perception of being hypnotized by pieces. Each Seventies-inspired, festival-like print is geometrically perfect and, if combined with similar geometrical details, such as V- and off-the-shoulder necklines or even strategic cut-out, perfectly balances the silhouettes. Billowy, butterfly sleeves got paired with horizontal patterns, tight waists and balloon skirts, while elliptic prints and relaxed gowns got combined with either off-the-shoulder necklines or rounded cut-outs.
The fabrics choice plays a huge role within the collection too, featuring slightly sheer materials when combined with the fresher, more lightweight proposals, or rich in texture fabrics when meant to adorn the more formal, dark-toned ensembles.
Feminine at its purest (aside from a pair of roomy culottes, the collection is solely made of dresses), this Temperley London line-up includes a few more sophisticated proposals too, which are meant to be worn at nighttime, preferably at the beach too. For her formal designs, Alice used either color-blocking motifs or multi-colored striped patterns (not for nothing, when she first began designing her collections she was officially named as the ‘English Ralph Lauren’), which just never get boring.
A few total-black outfits draw the line-up to a close, leaving us wondering whether Alice will ever deliver an equally magical collection any time soon.
Photos courtesy of WWD