14 posts tagged "Alice Temperley"
This month, London’s Central Saint Martins school—one of the globe’s best fashion training grounds—leaves its long-held Charing Cross Road building and moves to a new complex on Kings Cross. Style.com reporter Katharine Zarrella spoke with some of the school’s most distinguished alumni about their memories of the Soho space, running throughout the week. Today, Alice Temperley shares her story.
Alice Temperley: BA Textile Design with a Focus in Print, 1997
“I was in the Southampton Row site where industrial design textiles were housed. In Charing Cross, the students looked different—much more fashion forward and fine art. I used to go there for the library and was always amazed at the characters. I remember meeting and talking to Alexander McQueen and having a private tutorial with Roland Mouret. We were in a little room and he told me to imagine I had no clothes on— and then asked me to imagine what I would like to put on.”
Pictured : Temperley as a CSM student.
It’s the most exciting viral video of the new year—and it doesn’t even include cats playing pianos or riding waterslides. It’s Tom Ford’s September women’s runway presentation in New York, with a soundtrack by Karen Elson, who also walked in the show. [Fashionista]
Alice Temperley started 2011 with a bang: The designer received an MBE for her contributions to England on the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. [Styleite]
Looking back on the previous year, Nicola Formichetti rounds up his best moments of 2010—which we might just go ahead and call A Whole Lotta Gaga. (Hey, she does sell magazines…) [Nicola Formichetti via Racked]
And speaking of 2010 roundups, here’s The New York Times‘ list of fashion terms that went stale last year. We resolve to avoid overusing and misusing “couture,” “bespoke,” “pop-up,” and “well-edited” in the new year. [NYT]
It’s a week before Fox unveils the seventh season of So You Think You Can Dance, and the show’s hostess is on the phone with a confession. “The first dress I bought where I thought I had gone completely mad was an Alexander McQueen,” Cat Deeley tells Style.com. “It was the most beautiful dress I had ever seen, like I had gone up to my grandmother’s attic and opened a trunk and pulled out this treasure of millions of layers of white tulle. It looked like a fairy-tale rock princess’s dress. I spent a fortune on it. But it’s so over the top that I’ve never, you know, actually worn it.”
Huh? This from the hostess of a weekly Fox dance-off?
But Deeley’s enviable wardrobe is reason enough for fashion-minded viewers to tune in, however they feel about splits and pliés. She’s quietly brought Balenciaga, Christian Dior, YSL, and Givenchy to prime time. “I like to have fun with what I wear on the show,” Deeley says. “People either love it or hate it, but they always have strong opinions about it. And, for me, that’s what fashion should be about.”
Even with more designers—especially countrymen like Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, Stella McCartney, Matthew Williamson, Alice Temperley, and Giles Deacon—making their collections available to her, Deeley says she still picks up many of her ensembles at vintage stores on the road during auditions. (She’s also got a strong feeling for French designers like Roland Mouret, Isabel Marant, and Lanvin.) So, what’s on deck for next Thursday? “I never know what I am going to actually wear until the morning of the show,” she explains. “I go into the studio and see how I’m feeling—ballsy or not? Then I pick the outfit and turn to my makeup team with detailed scenarios—like, think Talitha Getty in Morocco or Jerry Hall meeting Andy Warhol. That’s how we do it. I’ve definitely put some crazy things together in my time.” So why not wear the McQueen dress after all? “It’s so over the top that everyone would literally turn around and say I’ve gone clinically insane,” she laughs. “Maybe instead I will just get it framed.” Continue Reading “The Must-Watch Show For Runway Fanatics Is…So You Think You Can Dance?!” »
While our eyes were on the ethereal Cate Blanchett, we almost missed the equally lovely Salma Hayek as she hit the opening of Cannes yesterday. And as it turns out, she was wearing the first dress from Gucci’s new Premiere Collection—the label’s version of “couture.” (To get the real couture name, garments must—among other stipulations—be produced in Paris.) Hayek is married to PPR CEO François-Henri Pinault, who owns Gucci—helps, as they say, to have friends in high places. [Fashionologie]
J Brand’s cargo Houlihan pants are flying off the rack, and now have the blessing of Cathy Horyn. They’re named after Loretta Swit’s character “Hot Lips” Houlihan from M*A*S*H*. Is this the start of a M*A*S*H* moment? Now that we think of it, the Bieber bangs are a little Hawkeye Pierce… [NYT]
Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama wore a color-blocked plaid shirt to a public event, and pundits are now claiming his poor fashion sense may ruin his career. A Japanese fashion critic told CNN, “This shirt comes from the eighties or nineties. His ideas and philosophy are old. Japan is facing a crisis and we can’t overcome it with a prime minister like this.” Allow us to play devil’s advocate for a sec—isn’t it possible that this shirt is actually really forward? I mean, squint just right and it sort of looks like a Junya Watanabe! [Gawker]
And Alice Temperley has rallied friends—including Liberty Ross, Lily Cole, and Lady Amanda Harlech—to sit for portraits that will be auctioned to benefit women’s organization The Circle next week. [Vogue U.K.]