June 27, 2011 London
Botticelli was the stated inspiration this time around, and the designer did a fine job of fitting the painter's signatures into her own, to wit, the shell-patterned intarsia knits, hand embroidery on a dress in "Primavera," and the soft tempera palette. The diaphanous pieces felt very on-trend, in particular the white and blush silk drop-waist dresses. Elsewhere, structured cocktail numbers and neat, tailored trousers and jackets spoke to that Kate-and-Pippa girl who's less concerned about looking "now" than she is about looking right. Temperley knows her customer, and this collection will make that customer very happy.