Vodafone Fashion Week London: Temperley London – Autumn|Winter 2013

Alice Temperley delivered an exquisite collection of beautifully made dresses that will keep her clients and the very Duchess of Cambridge very happy. Kate will have delivered her heir and will be more than ready to jump into any number of these stunners as soon as possible.

As I have stated, time after time, there is an art or rather an innate talent that involves making clothes appear to be weightless no matter the material. With that being said, Ms. Temperley has certainly mastered either the art or honed these abilities as the collection seems to float on the runway.

Ms. Temperley seems to have made it her mission to produce pitch-perfect clothes for women of no particular age, that is to say, they must be very tasteful as the clothes reflect a certain rarefied quality that would have been found in collections by Bill Blass, Galanos, and perchance Norell. The point I am trying to make is that these clothes require no back story or excess commenting… these clothes speak for themselves. In fact, they just about SCREAM! These are timeless beauties, classic yet never boring. They ooze just the right amount of sex appeal and are never garish.

I don’t want you to think that the silk jacquard tie fabric pieces held the same fascination as the rest of the collection, but within this rare misstep there were a few beautiful pieces. Most of these pieces were boxy stand away and somewhat clumsy; perhaps the collection could have done well without most of them.

I also found it very interesting that Ms. Temperley chose a what I call a King Tut print toward the end of the show. The colors were almost identical to an Hermès scarf from the late 70s that tied into the world tour of the King Tut exhibit. Whether intentional or not, the Egyptianesque print worked flawlessly.

The take away here is simple: this young woman is in the fashion business. She provides beautiful clothes for women of discerning taste. She obviously follows her own drum beat and is to be commended for turning out a collection that is head and shoulders above so many, no matter where it might be shown! | Jeffrey Felner

 

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pictures courtesy Giovanni Giannoni

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