February 15, 2009 New York
The Silk Route was her starting point for Fall, and it led her in more than a few different directions: From Japan (not technically part of the Silk Route, but work with us), origami detailing accented the lapels of jackets and the waistbands of skirts, while the rose print of relaxed day dresses and a grand cocoon coat evoked kimono silks. Moving on, there were tunics with jeweled necklines, high-waisted genie pants, and intarsia sweater dresses trimmed in colorful pompoms, as well as towering ponyskin fezzes. If that verged on overload, sharp military tailoring, gold-studded leather jackets and coats, and figure-forming stretch dresses won points for adding a sexier edge to this designer's formula. That continued into evening via gold military cording on crepe de chine. All in all, this was a leaner, meaner Temperley—the presentation/video combo wasn't the only way she broke her fashion week mold this season.
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