December 03, 2013 London
In the past, it's been Temperley's evening dresses that have garnered most attention. Pre-Fall's news was a clear emphasis on daywear, with an edge of opulence in the fabrics and colors. The stained-glass windows of Catherine's palace were engineered by those artful Italian craftspeople into striking jacquards. The palace's wrought ironwork was translated into decorative scrolling. But all the surface detail was counterpointed by silhouettes that were simpler, sexier, leaner than before. When evening came, it had less of the Bohemian Alice, less of the Wonderland Alice, and more of the monochrome glamour of a bolero-topped strapless gown or a silver-scrolled column, finished off in a cloud of black marabou. Another dream of Temperley's: the insouciant chic of Loulou de la Falaise.