"Funky" is not a description one would immediately associate with Temperley London. Yet there it was in the program notes and uttered from the brand namesake's mouth following the show. Alice Temperley explained that this is an exciting time for her company, referring to a new CEO and hinting at further expansion into new markets.

All this good news rubbed off on her collection, which included flouncy jacquard skirts and blanket-size scarves draped like robes and reined in by belts. She played matchmaker to an Art Nouveau floral print and Byzantine mosaic patterns, and the offspring packed a wallop of a pretty punch. Indeed, Temperley continues to position the line as a bridge between the sumptuously decorative past—even more widely romanticized these days thanks to Downton Abbey—and an arty bourgeois present.

It helped that longtime pal Katie Shillingford returned to style the collection, adding insouciant attitude. (As Gareth Pugh's show stylist, she understands how layers can elongate the body.) Coats appeared atop coats and shirttails were left untucked. But Temperley's freshest idea by far was the use of a fine micro-quilting technique for her eveningwear, a welcome departure from her default embellished organza. At this rate, winterized red-carpet attire might prove a burgeoning niche.