13 posts tagged "Temperley London"
The just-wrapped Spring ’13 Bridal Market Week in New York was a much more colorful one than usual. It was Vera Wang who led the charge, finding herself in a full-on love affair with red, a color that’s actually traditional for Hindu brides. The designer sent dresses down the runway in shades from bright scarlet to deep burgundy, with not a white gown in sight. Romona Keveza also flirted with crimson, sending out a full-skirted red number with intricate flower details as her final look. Oscar de la Renta experimented with color as well, with a fire engine red Spanish-style gown complete with a towering headpiece.
But traditional brides have no cause for concern. White still holds court. White dresses were plentiful in Temperley London’s Ophelia bridal collection, from simple ethereal gowns to lavish, embellished pieces in Chantilly lace, crinkled chiffon, and light georgette. Monique Lhuillier, who has plans to open up her first store in June, showed a similar aesthetic, translating “fantasy” and “dreamlike” inspirations into elegant dresses dusted with sequins and draped with tulle. And Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig offered white in their signature Hollywood glamour, with a lineup of lavish silk and organza gowns decorated with hand-embroidered beads. Jenny Packham also had ladies of the silver screen in mind, referencing 1930′s cinema sirens like Vivien Leigh and Bette Davis in her collection of free-flowing, empire-waist dresses in simple crepes and antique lace. Those elements lent heritage appeal to the gowns, which looked as if they had been delicately preserved and passed down for generations. Carolina Herrera walked the line between timeless and trendy, showing classic, intricately detailed numbers along with more modern looks featuring peplum waists and pantsuits, which also made an appearance at Oscar de la Renta, who paired his with a dare-to-bare crop top for the more fashion-forward bride.
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Alice Temperley made her debut at London fashion week in September 2000 and climbed the ranks as a designer, making her mark with flirty sundresses. This September, the Brit designer’s collection showed that the Temperley London woman has certainly gotten more dressed-up over the years. Maybe that can be attributed to two of her most notable clients, Kate and Pippa Middleton (the latter of whom was at the runway show), who have no shortage of royal functions for such attire. But maybe it’s the seven months she spent going through her archives of fabrics, designs, and more than 300,000 images for her new book celebrating the past decade, True British: Alice Temperley, out tomorrow. “After ten years, you really understand what your customer wants,” the designer tells Style.com as she arrives in Paris. “Doing this book has really enabled me to see where I started, how things evolved, and where I need to be going.” Here, Temperley reflects on the progression of her label over the years and dishes on her burgeoning friendship with the Middleton sisters.
Your book is called True British. What is truly British, in your opinion?
We have managed to create a brand that is truly British. I love our heritage and I love to look to the past for references. I think we have managed to capture that history and what it means to be truly British in our brand. I am not afraid to be English in mixing and matching things. I love our flag!
How has London fashion evolved over the years as you have seen it and been a part of it?
British fashion has definitely evolved. It doesn’t have the backing that Paris, New York, and Milan have, but London now has a lot more focus on supporting Brit designers and teaching them how to evolve in the world markets.
What characterizes British fashion today, in your opinion?
We have a voice of being more eclectic and pattern-focused and more playful. English people are not afraid of making their own voices heard.
Both Kate and Pippa Middleton have worn your clothes, and Pippa was at your runway show. What is your relationship with them?
I have a good relationship with them. They are brilliant girls—good Brit stock. It’s refreshing, because there’s this whole world of celebrities, but they are so well mannered and polite. They are true British girls, and they are very good ambassadors for British fashion and what we represent.
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Call it a sign of the times. With the old world order seemingly hanging by a thread, designers kept things together by lacing and tying and weaving outfits all over the Spring runways. At Celine, Etro, and D&G, the approach was fairly straightforward, with looks lashed shut safari-style. Things got more interesting at Gareth Pugh, Mark Fast, and Temperley London, where the webbing became an integral part of a garment’s construction. “We used lacing to reference woven textures in Egyptian art, weaving raw leather strips across shoes, leggings, and into knits as a harder contrast to our soft draped silk pieces,” explained Ohne Titel‘s Alexa Adams and Flora Gill. The result? Looks we’d happily get tangled in.
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