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13 posts tagged "Temperley London"

Red Gets The Green Light At Bridal Week

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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.

CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW to see which of the week’s dresses (and pants) made our “I Do” list.

 

 

Photo: Courtesy of Vera Wang

 

True Temperley

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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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Are You Ready For Web 3.0?

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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.


Click for a slideshow and tell us if you’re ready to get tied down.

 

 

 

Photo: Marcio Madeira

 

Blasblog From L.A.: Milla Jovovich Makes A Nice Bride

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I just love a wedding. Maybe it’s because I never had a sister marry off, or because all of my aunts were married (and in one case, already divorced many times over) by the time I entered adulthood, but I’ve always been strangely up for any sort of nuptials, from quaint services back home in Missouri to themed destination weddings to more lavish affairs in New York. This weekend in L.A., however, I attended the most perfect intimate ceremony ever when the director Paul W.S. Anderson married his fiancée of six years, my friend, the actress/model/designer Milla Jovovich, with their two-year-old daughter Ever Gabo as flower girl. Held on the upper tier of the patio of the couple’s Beverly Hills home, the wedding was small (50 people), endearing (lots of tears from both his English family and her Eastern European relatives), poignant (the highlight of the brief ceremony was when bride and groom read personally written vows), and at times funny (Mr. Anderson cleverly had his best man hold his speech while the Mrs. had to tuck it into her bouquet, joking, “I do all my own stunts”). But enough of the sentimental stuff and on to something important: the dress. Although the beautiful bride had discussed wearing a short, hippie-esque dress of her own creation, she was ultimately persuaded to do a more traditional Temperley London long white column, sleeveless and with draped shoulders. After dinner, though, she did break out the sixties-inspired mini, which she created with her fellow former Jovovich-Hawk designer, Carmen Hawk, out of vintage fabric the duo found in Paris that had originally been commissioned by none other than Coco Chanel. Who doesn’t want to squeeze as many looks as possible into their special day?

Blasblog From The Hamptons: CARE To Shop?

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The reason that many people go to the Hamptons (and the reason that many others don’t) is that much of the swirl there revolves around two things: cocktail parties and real estate. Until this weekend, I too thought that’s all there was 100 miles out east, or about a five- hour drive during rush hour, as I learned the hard way. But Christy Turlington and the folks at Temperley London reminded me there’s something else to do out there: shop. After all, you do need something to wear to all those soirées and open houses. On Saturday, Turlington hosted an afternoon of shopping at the just opened Temperley store in East Hampton, with proceeds from the sales and a special silent auction of one-of-a-kind pieces going toward CARE, the maternal health organization of which the supermodel is a very vocal advocate. The party drew a whole spectrum of shoppers from Jessica Seinfeld to New York Ranger #34, Aaron Voros, who bumped into people he knew outside but came in to meet the supermodel. The current Vogue cover girl proved that she knew her stuff. “More than half a million women die each year giving birth,” she explained. “[It’s] a number I know we can reduce.” She also walks the proverbial walk. When she was six months pregnant she went to El Salvador with CARE to see the organization in action, and just a few weeks ago she was in Tanzania. “That’s why I came to the Hamptons tan already,” she explained. Designer Alice Temperley couldn’t make the event, being in the Far East on a fabric expedition, but being a new mother to her little boy Fox, she was surely thinking about maternal health in some way. “Believe me, I’m sure she’d rather be here,” her husband, Lars von Bennigsen, assured us. The store, on The Circle in East Hampton, is open throughout the summer and will stay open until the holidays.

Photo: Chance Yeh / Patrick McMullan