Wednesday 29 March 2017

Temperley autumn/winter 2011 at London Fashion Week

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: A model walks the catwalk during the Temperley London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2011 show at The British Museum on February 20, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: A model walks the catwalk during the Temperley London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2011 show at The British Museum on February 20, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: A model walks the catwalk during the Temperley London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2011 show at The British Museum on February 20, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

Hilary Alexander

Designer Alice Temperley indulged her passion for graphic embellishment and decorative handicrafts.

The imposing surroundings of the British Museum provided the perfect setting for a dramatic presentation by Alice Temperley at London Fashion Week.

The designer was making a welcome return to the London Fashion Week scene after showing for the last four seasons at New York Fashion Week, and also celebrating the start of Temperley London's 10th year. The collection was inspired by decorative Venetian fans, a reference which allowed Temperley full scope to indulge her passion for graphic embellishment and decorative handicrafts.

Finely-carved bone fans gave rise to intricate stitch work or digital prints on sweeping, full skirts. Ruffle-pleated capes topped classic, silk 'fan' dresses, knits with extravagant cable and fringe details came with flirty 'fan' skirts and short 'tux' jackets with slim trousers. The mood was quite majestic as the models proceeded across the vast marble floor and began creating a tableaux on the sweeping staircases on either side of the gallery.

The early palette of champagne, cream, black and taupe, was gradually shot with shades of cinnamon, copper, gold and a jewel-like Venetian red.

Here, Temperley's love of exotic opulence was allowed free rein, with delicate tulle dresses appliqués with three-dimensional flowers, and long, Grand Entrance ball gowns in silk and metallic lace, were encrusted with crystals.

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