Jun 192013
 

We have several updates to share, beginning with an early look at a look at the Temperley London 2014 Cruise/Resort collection. We begin with three pieces in soft white and lavender with grey undertones.

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You can see the vintage aesthetic.

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Some pieces showcase a nipped-in waist with a skirt that flares out dramatically. Others are reminiscent of what we used to call “dirndl” shapes in a skirt or dress. The rich blue and elegant black shown above make a striking combination, the blush pink and black colors also pop.

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More on the genesis of the designs via the Women’s Wear Daily (subscription required) review:

“She’s an enchanted princess from the South of France who lives a charmed life and only ever wears beautiful clothes,” said Alice Temperley of the imaginary muse behind her resort collection.

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This group effectively demonstrates Alice Temperley’s continued expertise in creating distinctive, elegant evening gowns.

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The rich textiles and saturated colors were appealing to the eye. More from the WWD review.

Temperley reworked Fifties couture proportions and rich fabrics in pieces that featured plenty of embellishment. In addition to her signature lace and embroideries, a black gown was replete with pink and green floral embroideries, and an evening coat and grand dress with a voluminous drop hem came in an opulent floral brocade.

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Nowhere is Alice Temperley’s skill in creating distinctive frocks more evident than in these three pieces. Feminine, floaty, ethereal and elegant.

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Four more styles.

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A final group of evening gowns.

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Clearly there is a lot to like. There are many pieces that would work well on the Duchess, do you have any favorites?

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Good news for those fond of the MaxMara Studio coat worn by Kate when visiting Cambridge with William.

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

Previously known as the ‘Belli’ coat, this piece has been re-released and renamed, it is now the “Kate coat”. The price is almost $1400, £875.  That seems to be a lower price point than the “Belli’s” original ticket price of £980.

Splash News/House of Fraser

Splash News/House of Fraser

The wool-cashmere blend is the same, as are other elements of the coat. It was a flattering look on the Duchess, and will work on many different figure types.

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James Whatling/Splash News

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We wanted to share a lovely report on a recent auction benefiting EACH, one of Kate’s patronages. The event was a huge success, raising more than £10,000 for the organization. More from a story by EADT24:

The hammer came down at the end of last month with a gala evening for those who took part in the fundraising. Organised by Russell Baker, lord of the manor of Little Moulton, of Bracon Ash, near Wymondham, the auction was supported by businesses and individuals to raise funds to provide care and support for children with life-threatening conditions and their families across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Some may recall we received a blog comment I mentioned on Facebook, it was from a woman who won the baby hamper Kate donated.
“The Baby Hamper donated by HRH the Duchess of Cambridge is so very pretty!!! I will cherish it!! The EACH charity auction event by Lord Baker at the Artique Galleries in Norwich last night was wonderful! Thank You Kate!!”

The lucky winner is Dayna Stewart, she has been gracious in sharing a few photos from the event, here we see Dayna with Tim Clarke, they attended the event together.

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Courtesy Dayna Stewart

Here is a better look at the hamper donated by the Duchess to the EACH Charity Auction:

Courtesy Dayna Stewart

Courtesy Dayna Stewart

Dayna shared some of her thoughts about the evening:

Laura Shearing from EACH explained the hospice has a running cost of £15,000 per day to provide the care and support for children with life limiting illnesses. Any amount that is contributed to EACH makes a real difference and the money goes directly to the running of the hospice and the care provided. The staff at EACH are deeply committed and passionate about their work and it is clear to see why Kate chose become a Patron for this charity.
This photo shows how the hamper was displayed.
EACH Charity Auction

EACH Charity Auction

Back to Dayna’s comments on about the evening:
Winning the hamper was wonderful and I will cherish this lovely item, but the truly inspirational and unforgettable part of the auction was seeing how deeply devoted all of those involved are to this very worthwhile cause.

You can also read more about the event here, or at the EACH site.

This offers the perfect segue to the Fundraiser for EACH several royal bloggers are doing, this site included. All proceeds from the “Baby Cambridge Fundraiser” go directly to EACH. We have been sharing promotions and contests as a way of bringing attention to the to Fundraiser, hoping it will encourage donations.

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Our current giveaway ends tomorrow night at midnight. The prize is this stunning citrine ring from StyleRocks,

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StyleRocks.com

There is no cost to enter, although we do hope you will think about donating to the Fundraiser (if you haven’t already) or spreading the word to your friends. To learn more, or get your entry in before the contest closes, just click here.

We leave you with several more photos from June 4th, the day of the Queen’s Coronation 60th Anniversary church service.

Courtesy Sarah Campbell

Courtesy Sarah Campbell

These are courtesy of Sarah Campbell, who managed to get quite close to the Abbey. She also managed to get very close to Prince Harry when he unveiled a plaque commemorating the Royal Wedding of William and Kate.

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Courtesy Sarah Campbell

One last photo from Sarah from outside Westminster Abbey following the Coronation Anniversary service, you can also see Lady Louise Windsor in this one.

Courtesy Sarah Campbell

Courtesy Sarah Campbell

Many thanks to Sarah and Dayna for generously sharing with all of us!

  16 Responses to “Early Look at Temperley Resort/Cruise 2014 & A Favored Coat Re-Issued”

  1. I think this is Temperley’s best collection yet! Enjoyed your report.

  2. I love all of these looks. I tried to find a favorite but couldn’t. Just when I thought the drop waist long skirt was “da bomb” I scrolled down and saw that pretty red short dress and long skirt with what looks like 3-D flowers on them. I think the Duchess would look lovely in that shade of red. Lots of pretty things here to drool over.

  3. All of these Temperly clothes made me drool, but especially white floor-length gown with the red flowers on the neckline – stunning!! I can see Kate wearing this.

  4. The Temperley resort collection is stunning – very creative.

  5. The Temperley Cruise/Resort 2014 collection is wonderful! So elegant and refined, a little opulent but chic at the same time!

  6. Love what she was wearing. Especially the deep-blue trench coat!

  7. Lovely photos. Temperley can do no wrong!

  8. I adore that navy top with the cream floral skirt. I would wear that in a flash.

  9. I’m with Lili about the difficulty of locating coats that fall mid knee. Not everyone is young and beautiful with great legs, although I’m sure that Lili is!

  10. That last Temperly gown – the cream with the green vine embroidery and the red roses – that is breathtaking!
    I also love the red dress with the white embroidery.

    While I love the colors and ideas behind some of the others, they are just too much. To me the “rich fabric” ends up being too stiff for some of these shapes – especially if you put it on someone who has anything but a slim figure.

  11. I love the blue floral v-neck dress with the skinny black belt, as well as the black and pink floral dress with the sheer top. Kate would look lovely in a number of these pieces.

  12. Definitely the dark blue trench-like coat, and the red printed dress and red coat would be perfect for Kate (or me, actually). One other red dress, with cap sleeves and some kind of petal embellishment would be nice for Kate, too.

    I do not like the gowns with the tiered skirts, it’s too much fabric, and we don’t see Kate much in bold prints, so it doesn’t seem like she would go for the flowered dresses.

    One issue I have with Temperley is that some of the designs are overly distinctive. By this, I mean that you can’t dress them up or down: they’re a statement that you’re wearing that designer. And once you’ve worn them, everyone will know what it is. Pippa has a Temperley dirndl that is instantly recognizable as a Temperley. Oscar de la Renta does this, too.

    • Well put about the designs being “overly distinctive”. In my view a good dress is one you can wear several different ways by dressing up or down with accesories, but then again when I buy a dress it’s going to be worn many times over several years, not once for a certain event. I realize the DoC “recycles” but royal recycling (aka wearing a dress twice in one year), is a bit different than a normal gal’s wardrobe rotation where a certain dress might be worn as often as once a month.

      • Thank you! We had a French dressmaker when I was growing up, and my mother’s philosophy was to wear plain colors and accessorize, with pins, scarves, belts. The exception was summer, when she wore Lily Pulitzers. I think plain photographs better, especially when you are in the public eye.

  13. Temperley’s fabrics are beautiful — very luxe — and she has an opulent design aesthetic, but that’s actually the problem I have with her. Her clothes are often just too much: too rich with flounces and embroidery and embellishment on top of the luxurious fabrics. It’s overkill.

    I do love the deep-blue trench coat and the dark-pink evening coat.

    I’m a Max Mara fan from way back, and I’ve been looking for an ivory/cream coat, but I think $1400 is, er, more than I’m willing to pay. I did like that coat when I saw it, but it’s a touch too short as well as too expensive. Why am I having so much trouble these days locating coats that actually fall to mid knee, so they’ll cover everything?

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