Designer Diary: Alice Temperley’s Postcard from Dubai and Doha-------
London-based designer Alice Temperley recently traveled to Dubai and Doha, Qatar, to shoot her latest collections and open a new boutique. Here, Temperley shares the details of her desert adventure, and some behind-the-scenes campaign snaps, exclusively with Style.com.
Our first store in the Middle East opened in the Dubai Mall three years ago. Earlier this month, I traveled back to the hot, hot, hot UAE to open our second store, in The Gate mall in Doha, and to shoot our Titania Temperley Bridal campaign and our Temperley London Fall collection, Byrds. A few people from the London HQ, and my little sister, Matilda Temperley, came along. Matilda is a professional photographer, and she shot the campaigns in a desert location just outside Dubai.
We were up bright and early to shoot on the sand dunes during sunrise at 4:30 a.m. We shot until 9:00 a.m.-ish, when it reached a sweltering 117 degrees (and it is not even summer yet!).
Me playing with veils and trains.
Marlena, from Storm Models, having a rest.
Shooting our new Cruise Temperley Scarves collection.
At 4:00 p.m. we were back in the desert to shoot in the sunset with an array of camels and falcons. This is a showpiece from my Byrds collection.
Shooting in the pool at sunset.
After two days in the desert, we went to Dubai City to visit our amazing store at the Fashion Avenue in Dubai Mall (above), had lots of meetings, and a fun dinner before leaving for Doha to officially open the Temperley London store.