June 16, 2010 New York
Last season, she took inspiration from classic British style à la Norman Parkinson, the postwar English fashion photog; now, for Resort, Alice Temperley's channeling medieval times? The lesson, if there is one, must be that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Much of her new collection—with its body-con proportions, Deco-ish intarsias, pleated peplums, and statement belts sitting high on the waist—could have walked straight off the Fall runways. Not that that's a bad thing. Temperley's got a good read on what the English roses of the moment are after, from sexy leather pants with stretchy knit insets to a clingy moto jacket cut from that same black knit. But credit where credit is due: Squint a bit and you could see medieval mosaic work in the gold-embellished sweater dresses, or the intricate patterns cut out of creamy blouses. And the floor-length tunic dress in a black and white graphic print was fit for a warrior queen.
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