September 13, 2006
Could the launch of Temperley London bags, belts, and sunglasses on today's runway have any connection with rumors that the company has been in talks with Gucci Group? It was evident that a lot of effort had gone into the studded hold-all bags and lion-headed belts, so much so that the clothes, at times, seemed to have been relegated to the role of accessory. Alice Temperley fans who look to the line for hand-embellished dresses and gowns with boho glam will have to search hard to find them here. Instead, the designer set out to "encompass a more complete range of daywear through to red carpet." Several of the resulting piecesjumpsuits (one in leopard intarsia), for example, or high-waisted pants and minisdid not play to her strengths, however, to say the least . Thankfully, there were a few familiar silhouettes: a draped minidress with delicately bubbled hem stood out, as did a smocked prairie tunic that captured the collection's "nomad" theme and showed the designer on form.