Temperely’s A/W’14 started off fairly muted as models strolled out in various prints and shades of tonal browns and greys, wrapped in over-sized wool scarves and wearing dresses that bore the traditional Temperley Arts & Crafts meets Ikat print that Alice has made her own.
It was only as the show kicked into gear that we saw that Temperley’s paean this season was to layers, floral jacquards and the swing coat. Temperley seemed to veer toward Chile via Mexican Frida Kahlo tinged mixes with short boxy jackets, gathered swing coats and long hobble skirts. The show notes said inspiration came from Byzantine architecture and Spanish cathedrals – quite the clash of cultures. What we ended up with, was a show that picked up pace to reveal the most sumptuous quilted and brocade embroidered jackets worthy of beau monde Art Nouveau stylish extraverts.
Alice came into her stride (just as the models did) when narrow trousers were paired with long duster coats and organza, ruffle shirts, satin eveningwear was slit to thigh and short, flippy skirts and Ikat Temperley print dresses worn with ultra-long boots. Alice may not quite have cutting edge but she does have Bohemian chic and this is what worked best.
There was something quite trippy about this whole collection – the faintly ‘70s styling, the layers, the vintage floral meets Nouveau Arts & Crafts flair, the hot-to-trot big floral roses strewn so liberally and with Spanish gay abandon. What started out as fairly restrained ended up as far out maximalism. Throw in a some Peruvian whistles & flutes and the globalisation would really be complete. As it was, the finale was set to London Grammar proving that Alice still keeps her finger poised on the pulse of London’s yoot’ & culture.