Alice Temperley loves flat shoes.
The British designer showed her latest collection at London Fashion Week on Sunday. In it, she debuted her new capsule collection of sneakers and revealed they were included to give the line a fresh feel.
"I love flat shoes, not just for work but also to give evening looks a relaxed attitude," she told WWD. "The trainers work perfectly with the direction for this collection, which is fresh and effortless."
Alice, who was wearing a pair herself, matched the low-top lace-ups with every look on the runway, from pantsuits to day dresses.
The collection consists of seven different footwear print varieties, including hand-painted shells and geometric graphics. The designs picked up on the patterns and textiles from the ready-to-wear collection. Prices will start at $429 for the Italian-made sneakers.
The 39-year-old has always believed it is important to be true to who you are, and this comes across in her latest collection.
"I used to be frustrated about being called bohemian, but I don't really care now," she told theguardian.com in February. "If that's what you are, you should celebrate it. You have to stay true to your heritage, that's what your brand is about."
Her designs are made up of embellished, feminine dresses and she has stores selling them in 37 countries. The designer remembers exactly when her love for beautiful gowns began. She grew up in Somerset on her parents' cider farm, and became engrossed with their first TV when she was 11.
"I became obsessed with black-and-white movies; I wanted to wear those incredible dresses," she added to the publication. "The closest I got was cutting up my mum's scarves and fabrics and breaking her sewing machine trying to make them for myself. I loved the escapism of it."