Cuba! Cuba! Cuba! Havana! Havana! Havana! Okay, we’re done chanting for the moment, but we are head over heels for the images of summer and lazy days on the beach before some incredibly steamy dirty dancing that Alice Temperley’s Temperley London spring/summer 2016 collection featured on the London Fashion Week just a few hours back brings to mind. Oh the splendor, the magnificence of the Cuban high life! Think feminine and then blow that out of proportion to understand where the designer is coming from. Now, add more than just a dash of colonial and you have a 2016 spring and summer collection that won’t be soon forgotten.
Billowing dresses make the models look entrancing, while the pieces themselves have a rather intriguing air of elegance about them. It is as if the common has been taken and turned noble. That is the feeling this collection brings about we find. Hats, ribbons, ruffles and wraparound sandals all make the cut, with colors used that are beyond astounding in their ability to entrance the common spectator. This is beyond a doubt one of the loveliest seen on the runways yet!
The ladies will love the fact that no matter which style suits you best, you can look incredibly amazing. If you love the halter and have shoulders that fit their best, you got it. If you love covering up your arms but enjoy the look of décolletage, Temperley London’s got you covered as well. Simple straps or ruffled sleeves? No worries there at all either. Plunging or square, high neck or low, Alice Temperley knows how to capture her audience and keep them coming back for more. Shorter hems or long maxi skirts, slits up the thighs or embroidered linen, translucent dresses or an open midriff, we know you’ll be looking exquisite. The 1920s can be seen in a glittering silver dress, while the ‘70s are beautifully hinted at without losing the colonial touch. It is clear that the ladies who served as muses were fantastic creatures themselves.
The outfits on the runway were generally of a lightweight factor, appearing in sheer linens and high-grade cottons, summer knits with foliage motifs and novelty craftsmanship, which also included rather intriguing needlework. Easy luxury in mind, Temperley created a timeless masterpiece here, what with the printed culottes, Moroccan mirror embroidery, distinguished gladiator sandals and the perfect balance of beauty in the lap of luxury.
In Temperley’s own words, the collection can be described as joyful, something we will happily agree with. The white background to most of the pieces gives it a lighter air, while it is clear that the designer approached her designs for the season with a carefree hand and an understanding of life that few places in the world could attest to owning. It will be fun in the sun with a Temperley London dress donned on, happiness and joy shining bright as the coming year moves to its halfway point, before the warmth and gentleness of weather comes to an abrupt end come autumn. We look forward to frolicking by the sea in one of these bohemian princess dresses on.
Photos courtesy of Vogue