Sep 202013
 

We are back with a look at the spring 2014 collections from some of Kate’s “go to” designers.

We begin with Temperley London. Below, an Instagram shared by Alice Temperley just days before the show, as final touches are being made to the collection.

Alice Temperley Instagram

Alice Temperley Instagram

The show rundown backstage.

Alice Temperley Instagram

Alice Temperley Instagram

There was no shortage of celebrities on hand to see the collection. Below, actress Anna Kendrick (L) and Peaches Geldorf (R). Ms. Kendrick wears the Primrose shirt and skirt from the Cruise 14 collection, Ms. Geldorf was in the Aya dress from this fall’s collection.

Temperley London Facebook

Temperley London Facebook

Also enjoying front row status, singer/songwriter Gabrielle Aplin and actress Rose Leslie; on the far right we see model Yasmin le Bon. All three women are sporting Temperley and/or ALICE by Temperley designs.

Temperley London Facebook Page

Temperley London Facebook Page

This trio of photos by LDN Fashion offers a splendid overview of looks for next spring.

LDNFashion Twitter

LDNFashion Twitter

Two images from the Temperley Facebook page also offer perspective.

Temperley London Facebook

Temperley London Facebook

The first looks down the runway were crafted in a lush pink and maroon/burgundy palette.

Temperley London

Temperley London

For critical reaction to the collection we turn to British Vogue.

Princess pretty, and proof – if it were needed – that pink will still be going strong as a trend next summer, Temperley began with a tiered dress of raspberry, plum and blush – its voluminous silhouette setting the tone for much of the collection.

The next group featured more muted tones but the feeling remained elegant and luxurious.

Temperley London

Temperley London

More reaction via Women’s Wear Daily:

Alice Temperley delivered a charming, retro and very English interpretation of la dolce vita. The prints said it all — leopard spots mingling with a tumble of pink or mauve orchid blossoms — as did the pale Wedgwood colors, applied to Sixties couture shapes in heavy silks.

Temperley London

Temperley London

Some of the leopard sports referenced by WWD.

Temperley London

Temperley London

The black, purple and lavender group was effective.

Temperley Lodnon

Temperley London

The palette made for striking pieces.

Temperley London

Temperley London

Back to the British Vogue review:

Leopard print broke up the girliness though – a fabulous full-length skirt fell from a lilac appliquéd upper in a moment that spawned an immediate waiting list. Another mint green bejeweled tunic proved that Temperley knows her customer and gives them just what they want.

Temperley London

Temperley London

From the Style.com review:

Key pieces included trapeze shapes and a new way to deliver a bolero jacket, with sleeves that were structured and flowy at the same time. But, as always, it was the surface details—the rose damask fabrics, the complete symmetry of the embroidered flowers on organza, the crystal embellishments, and the cherry-blossom prints—that seduced. Temperley has such a sure hand, she even made a leopard print mixed with a lilac floral look good.

Temperley London

Temperley London

These were three of my favorite looks, they typify what I perceive to be a significant part of the Temperley aesthetic: light, floaty, and feminine designs.

Temperley London

Temperley London

The detail work on some of the garments is exquisite.

Temperley London

Temperley London

An even closer look.

Alice Temperley Instagram

Alice Temperley Instagram

Some of the handwork is so delicate, work on it required a magnifying glass.

Alice Temperley Instagram

Alice Temperley Instagram

Another look via Temperley’s Communications Director, Madeleine Macey.

Madeleine Macey, Temperley Communications Director

Madeleine Macey, Temperley Communications Director

There were a very few styles that didn’t work for me. The white ensembles seen below were somehow reminiscent of vintage honeymoon lingerie, although the satin coats are clearly beautiful pieces that would stand on their own merit. And as much as I love pink and satin, the two styles below reminded me of prom dresses, the satin borders in combination with the pink flowers detracted from the overall look.

Temperley London

Temperley London

The wrap-up from Women’s Wear Daily’s review:

What the clothes sometimes lacked in youth and modernity, they made up for with dazzling workmanship and gentility.

Three final styles.

Temperley London

Temperley London

It was a beautiful collection, I was surprised by how appealing the leopard paired with the floral motifs looked.

Temperley London

Temperley London

As with any collection from this designer, it is always fun to think of what Kate might wear; this is the closing line from British Vogue’s show review:

It’s going to be fun watching the Duchess of Cambridge take her pick of this selection next summer.

There are any number of garments that are ideal for Kate’s style, making a short list would be quite a challenge.

One note for those fond of Kate’s Odele sheepskin coat by Temperley, the piece is back in stock for fall.

Courtesy of Facebook Friend Sandra/Temperley London

Courtesy of Facebook Friend Sandra/Temperley London

For those unfamiliar with the coat, here is the product description.

Made of luxuriously soft sheepskin, it has the suede side of the skin facing out and is lined with flat haired sheepskin allowing a snug and flattering fit. The cut is feminine and sharp with a nipped in waist. Leather trim and gold metal hardware complete the look. -

Be advised this one will take a toll on the pocketbook, it retails for $3280.

Also today, a look at new designs by Alice Temperley for her very successful Somerset collection offered exclusively at John Lewis. But these styles are not for adults – the collection is expanding to include girls’ sizes. Below, a pink knit sweater (jumper) and acorn print separates.

Courtesy Photos via British Vogue

Somerset Girls by Alice Temperley for John Lewis

More from British Vogue:

….will feature dresses and separates that echo pieces in the womenswear collection – and the designer hopes that her new mini customers will love them just as much.

Somerset for Girls #3

Somerset Girls by Alice Temperley for John Lewis

One needn’t look far to see Girls’ designs echo that their grown-up counterparts. Below, the women’s Pine Cone Dress and Sequin Detail Jumper.

Somerset Collection John Lewis

Somerset by Alice Temperley for John Lewis

It isn’t difficult to spot some of the designer’s signature touches.

Somerset for Girls #1

Somerset Girls by Alice Temeprley for John Lewis

There is a total of 16 pieces in the debut Girls collection, designed for ages four to twelve.

Somerset for Girls #2

Courtesy Photos via British Vogue

The collection launches this Thursday, September 26.

Somerset Girl by Alice Temperley for John Lewis

Somerset Girl by Alice Temperley for John Lewis

Many fall styles in the women’s collection are available in-store and online, including accessories. Below, the Puxton Ankle Boots and Clover Medium Cross-Body Bag.

Somerset by Alice Temperley for John Lewis

Somerset by Alice Temperley for John Lewis

For US residents interested in the collection, John Lewis does ship to the US.

Our other looks today are from the Topshop Unique runway, one of the retailer’s boutique lines. There was also a celebrity-filled front row at this venue, including Anna Wintour, Sir Philip Green (owner of the retail powerhouse) and Kate Moss.

Topshop Pinterest

Topshop Pinterest

Some of the models backstage.

Topshop Pinterest

Topshop Pinterest

One of the key color palettes included a rich blue and deep green, used in geometric patterns.

Topshop Pinterest

Topshop Pinterest

Most looks were decidedly casual with relaxed silhouettes.

Topshop Pinterest

Topshop Pinterest

One has to work harder to imagine Kate in pieces from this show, the clarity of vision isn’t quite so obvious.

Topshop

Topshop

To see all of the show looks on the runway, click here to visit Topshop’s Pinterest page.

We will be back in just a few days with more runway styles and an exciting giveaway!

 

  5 Responses to “Temperley London Spring 2014, Somerset Girls to Launch & Topshop Unique 2014”

  1. Thanks for such a well-researched post and, my, what gorgeous dresses you have found there! Given I’ve tended to find Kate’s Temperley picks on the fussy side, I’m surprised how many wearable combinations we have on show. The spots and prints make a refreshing combination, and the block colours with patterns seem to be nicely balanced as well. I also find the purple and black combinations very attractive. I’d also agree that the mint-green ensembles are mouth-watering!

    I would still have to draw the line at some of the more frou-frou pink creations – the many ribbons and flowers are too crowded for my liking, though I heartily agree with your estimate of how beautiful the detailing is close up. I’m impressed with the day wear for John Lewis as the dark colours mostly look very chic and street-wise.

    The Topshop items are spot on for day wear as well – lively, young and casual – a bit like the duchess!

  2. How exquisite. I find Susan’s three top picks quite appealing, especially the middle gown, which suggests a modern-day Pre-Raphaelite theme to me. My absolute favorites, however, are the mint green ensembles. The dress on the far right has me drooling, though I also love the blouse that mimics the dress’s design. I can’t decide if I prefer the look as a dress or a blouse…

    I was surprised as well about how appealing the leopard looks with the floral. I would class it as Temperley’s nod to the current trend of pairing clashing prints and textures. There is something that has a Lisa Frank feel to the leopard-orchid palette, but in a good way. The leopard-floral combination actually manages to look sophisticated somehow. Temperley is a genius.

    I have to say that I was not a fan of the Odele; it is easily my least favorite of all the Duchess’s coats. It just feels too Matrix-themed for my tastes: those cuffs are the absolute worst!

  3. I took a look at the Temperley Spring collection the other day and had my usual reaction: great silhouettes, otherwise too much going on. All the embroidery, ruffles, embellishment, and prints left my eyes tired. My tastes are simply more minimalist, and so are the tastes of our Duchess, I think. It will be interesting to see whether she chooses anything from this collection and how she might have it tweaked.

    I was somewhat intrigued by the combination of the leopard with the floral print. It worked much better with the violet/lavender floral for some reason than with the pink, though I still haven’t figured out why. It’s still far busier than anything I’d wear, but I rather liked it. An interesting design choice. I wonder whether Temperley herself can be credited with it or some experimental fabric designer.

    The Temperley collection for girls contains some attractive pieces, though I would not be putting my daughter into anything sequined, except at Halloween or a ballet recital. I rarely wear sequins myself.

    The Topshop clothes are just messy. I was a little surprised to see Anna Wintour at the show. Does she regularly attend Topshop shows?

  4. The clothes are lovely but yet again you would have to be at least 5’10” tall and prebuscent to wear (and actually look good in) about half of them. No hips or breasts allowed there.

  5. The temperly collection is just beautiful! This may be the first time leopard print in any form is appealing to me, but those purple, leopard dresses are just beautiful!

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