September 18, 2011 London
For Spring, Temperley took her cues from Grace Kelly in High Society as well as Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface—a different kind of high society. You saw the drug kingpin moll in the languid floral gowns with low draped backs, just-the-right-side-of-tacky sheer plunge-neck jumpsuits, and, of course, head wraps and oversize glasses. Believe it or not, there's quite a bit of high glamour overlap with Tracy Lord and Mrs. Tony Montana, and that was the point. The few non-gown looks were high-waisted satin tap pants, just as glossy and for a daring girl—perhaps more Julia Restoin-Roitfeld than Miss Middleton—a fine alternative to wear to the ball. One came in black and white, part of a smart tuxedo-themed grouping, which was capped by the final look of a high-necked ivory organza dress worked over with tiny cut flowers, crystals, and scallops of ruffled tulle. In other words: There go the grooms, and here comes the bride.