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April 19 2014

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13 posts tagged "Temperley London"

Blasblog: Temperley’s In-Store Dance Party

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According to Alice Temperley, the two big pros to having a party in your Soho loft and showroom are that, for one, you can stay as long as you’d like, and two, there’s enough room to have a real dance floor. While I can’t attest to the former (it’s called beauty sleep), I did receive word this morning that the revelry continued past a typical nightclub’s closing time. I did, however, take advantage of that dance floor, joining the likes of Milla Jovovich, Olympia Scarry, Michael Stipe, and Barbara Bush in enjoying the musical stylings of the evening’s DJ, Jefferson Hack. The party was a celebration of the brand’s newest presentation mode—this season’s collection was seen via video. “It’s an exciting time,” Lars von Bennigsen, Temperley’s husband and business partner, said. “We’re thrilled to try new things.” Not that all talk was devoted to futuristic fashion presentations. When Jovovich came in, Temperley was eager to compare notes on Ever Gabo (Jovovich’s little girl) and Fox (Temperley’s 17-month-old son). “And I thought having a fashion company was hard work,” teased Temperley.

Photo: Clint Spaulding / PatrickMcMullan.com

Recession 101: Go Ask Alice

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When most retailers are lowering their sails and just riding the storm hoping to survive, Alice Temperley appears to be navigating the recession with a wink and smile. In December, Temperley London partnered with real estate tycoon Mohammed Alabbar, chairman of the Emaar group (and the man largely responsible for transforming Dubai into what it is today), to open a 2,500-square- foot shop in the new Dubai Mall. And then there is that dress. That would be the bejeweled frock fit for a maharani (pictured here) and costing over $3,000, which Temperley designed in collaboration with Quintessentially Bespoke. If you think that “bespoke” has all but become an extinct term, think again. In the few weeks since its launch, the dress has very nearly sold out—and different versions of it were worn by both Jessica Alba and Emily Blunt. Finally, in a move that observers are applauding rather than considering a death knell, the designer, who has shown previously in both London and New York, has abandoned the catwalk this season, opting instead for a multimedia installation. It’s a move that, for the moment, seems like a win-win to save buckets of cash, still be on fashion’s radar, and seem ultra-modern all at the same time.

Photo: Courtesy of Temperley London

greece is the word

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Is London still the capital of young, feral, and fearless fashion? So far this week, the most visible trend is definitively classic—as in classical Greek design. At Ann-Sofie Back, the models wore dove gray and buttery drapery. Marios Schwab sent legions of models sporting Spartan-inspired minidresses of loosely hanging folds gathered together with thick gold chains. And at Temperley London, many of the girls could pass as Pygmalion’s statue come to life. While most showgoers are still in structured suits and severe late-twentieth-century attire, a few back-to-the-future fashionistas like Kate Stephens from www.asos.com were already boning up on their classics.

Photo: Ana Finel Honigman