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Designer focus- Alice Temperley
November 13, 2012
After celebrating the 10th anniversary of her first label Temperley London in 2011, British designer Alice Temperley continues to enjoy a wealth of success. After completing degrees at both Central Saint Martins and Royal College of the Arts, her talents have since seen her receive Britain’s MBE award in 2011 for her services to the fashion industry, whilst also being renown as a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge. This is another accolade to add to her already impressive career, which boasts Hollywood Style Designer of the Year 2011, Glamour Magazine’s Designer of the Year 2004, and Indigo Paris’ English Print Designer of the Year 1999.
Temperley specialises in print and fabric technology, and is widely acknowledged for her love of artisan techniques and hand embellishment. Her designs are luxurious and evoke a timelessness, portraying an independent spirit that is effortless.
This was perfectly showcased in her most recent collection, which included elegant full-length silk gowns in navy and jade, and A-line skirts and sharp tailored suits in autumnal shades of russet and gold. There was also a burst of summer colour in the form of floral dresses and tunics, acclimatised by being paired with Russian cossack fur hats and black heeled ankle boots. Hints of leather and lamé added a playfulness to designs, showing similarities between the sister brand, ALICE by Temperley label, which was developed and launched in 2011.
Alice Temperley devises fourteen collections a year for her various projects, which as well as the aforementioned two, also includes a Temperley Bridal range, created in 2007, and her most current achievement, Somerset – a clothes line exclusively for John Lewis that debuted in September 2012. Temperley London has also recently undergone an expansion into the lifestyle market, creating products such as candles and scarves.
There are just three Temperley London boutiques in the world, in LA, Dubai and Notting Hill, London, but designs are also available in a number of department stores including Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, and online at Net-a-Porter amongst others. With celebrities from Beyonce to Florence Welch, and Dakota Fanning to Emma Watson wanting to be dressed in Temperley outfits, it is no wonder that this is one British designer that has the world as her oyster.
Words by Sophia Miles