Bridal Fashion Week Spring 2014 showed off another season of stunning aisle-worthy confections, all thanks to Vera Wang, Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier . . . and the list goes on. With each runway presentation came another "here comes the bride" moment, of which inspired countless oohs and aahs in response. From traditionally modest cuts adorned with vintage lace veils to princess-like ball skirts with corsage-embellished bodices to skin-revealing back details on even slinkier floor-length silhouettes, to tulle-infused fishtail hems and decadent embroidery, every bride will find The One in this lineup. Click on to see the latest wedding-dress fare — with Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta, THEIA, and Temperley Bridal also inside — right this way.
With Hitchcock's Tippi Hedren in mind, Temperley London's Fall 2013 collection displayed a covetable array of refined cable knits, sheer details, check prints, and eveningwear that can easily take one from London's latest art opening to the red-carpet parties in Hollywood. Designer Alice Temperley always manages to inject a refreshing element to her feminine wares, and this time it was seen through her refined embellishments and patterns. The opening set of looks showed an array of sheer, '60s-inspired printed blouses paired with full skirts, white dresses adorned with silver beading, and modern printed sheaths paired with swing coats. Meanwhile, full flowy trousers and cropped jackets provided options for everyday wear, “It’s important that people don’t just see us as occasionwear,” said Temperley. We can easily picture Kate Middleton donning any of the above and, even more so, Temperley's gorgeous lineup of elegant silk gowns.
Alice Temperley began designing bridal gowns after her own wedding in 2002, when friends and clients requested her help with their big-day dresses. Since then the Temperley Bridal line has grown into a much-sought-after collection, with gorgeous dresses for the classic bride, the bohemian bride, and everyone in between — her dresses have been worn by Milla Jovovich, Jacquetta Wheeler, and Sophie Dahl, among others.
For Fall 2013, Temperley Bridal launched their Florence collection — a wide variety of sleek, sophisticated dresses that are cut to celebrate the female form and flatter every silhouette. The collection includes 12 new styles ranging from timeless, Grace Kelly-inspired gowns (one of which has an overt vibe of the Duchess of Cambridge) to more decadent, va-va-voom '50s Hollywood shapes. Each one has a delicate blue forget-me-not flower embroidered on the side — a personal "something blue" from Alice Temperley herself. Click through now to enter the world of Temperley Bridal's 2013 collection.
"I had visions of a late 1950s couture model or a young Sophia Loren, but also modernizing the Temperley Woman, making her uncomplicated and effortlessly beautiful," Alice Temperley said of the collection she offered for Temperley London's Spring 2013. To that end, this was a lineup that hit all the expected Temperley high notes — femininity, romance, embellishment — but was also filled with a surprising sense of playfulness and a focus on separates that felt fresh for the brand.
New Look silhouettes (super-full skirts, nipped waists, collarless jackets) were cut in gauzy fabrics like chiffon and organza, while colors ranged from robin's egg blue to cherry red and aqua. Bold peekaboo stripes, Moorish tile-inspired geometric prints, and lattice-like embroidery added a hint of sensuality and exoticism. "I wanted to maintain a balance between refined elegance and modernity," the designer explained.
For Spring '13, Alice Temperley took us to Morocco with a collection filled with beautiful prints, crisp blouses, and gorgeous sheer detailing. "It’s just more fun, more playful this season," said Temperley. "It’s less about the dress — which is obviously still a really key piece for us — but more about really great separates in high-quality fabrics, and the way you put them together." She did, however, kick off her show with a standout red gown gown featuring sheer striped detailing followed by billowy full skirts —showcasing vibrant multicolored Moroccan-inspired prints — paired with crisp white blouses, and knits with sheer striped skirts. The designer also showed off her penchant for embroidery on silk floral tops and jeweled tulle skirts. Then came the diaphanous gowns; a pale blue halter neck gown with a jewel-encrusted bodice practically floated down the runway, as did the sheer, formfitting gown with floral embroidery. Such fresh and feminine pieces — who wouldn't fall in love with this collection?
- Trends: Sheer details, full skirts, bold prints.
- Colors: Red, ice blue, sage, white, dark cobalt, black, ivory.
- Key Piece: The white Moroccan-inspired printed full skirt paired with the crisp white blouse = Spring perfection.
- Accessories: Wide brim hats, vintage sunglasses from Cutler and Gross, Charlotte Olympia platform sandals, Cornelia James gloves.
- Who Should Wear It: We'd love to see the sheer detailed gowns on Keira Knightley and front row attendee Poppy Delevingne; the full '50s-inspired skirts and blouse combos are right up Eva Mendes's style alley.
If comedy is the opposite of being ladylike, then Alice Temperley's Resort 2013 collection is as serious as it gets. Temperley took her inspiration from enduring beauties like Sophia Loren and the style of women in the South of France in the '50s and '60s. The result is a restrained collection of demure classics. Dresses in bright red, cream, black, and blue jewel tones are nipped in at the waist in a nod to the New Look and are accented with grosgain ribbon and starfish brooches. The evening gowns in the collection show off a little leg with an emphasis on soft draping. But a masculine white suit — featuring a double-breasted jacket with wide-leg pants — is perhaps the garment that best summarizes this collection's traditional bent: cool, classic, and timeless.
Naomi Campbell's Reality Show, Kate Moss's Charitable Portrait, and Linda Evangelista's Child Support
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- Naomi Campbell is set to star in her very own reality modeling show called The Face. The show, which will air on Oxygen starting next year, will see Campbell and two other as-of-yet-undetermined supermodels supervising three teams of models who will compete until one is chosen as the face of a brand in the United States. "With The Face the audience will get a real insider's look at this exciting industry that has been so good to me," Campbell said. [The Huffington Post]
- Kate Moss is donating a portrait of herself taken by Solve Sundsbo to a May 17 auction sponsoring Britain's National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. The portrait features Moss wearing nothing but a pair of gold pants and crossing her arms to cover her breasts. Its starting price is £3,000, or $4,866 at current exchange. [Vogue UK]
- Linda Evangelista will find out this week whether a judge will grant her the $46,000 a month in child support she requested from PPR CEO François-Henri Pinault to help raise their 5-year-old son, Augustin. Evangelista revealed that Pinault was Augustin's father when she filed for child support in late 2011. Pinault is married to actress Salma Hayek; the two have a 4-year-old daughter named Valentina. [The Cut]
- Alice Temperley is working with British high street label John Lewis on a capsule collection that will debut in September. Called Somerset by Alice Temperley, the line will range from $50 scarves to a $1,600 sheepskin coat. Day dresses will hit the $160 mark. "I wanted it to be very much a collection of essentials and to design a collection that would provide a feminine and functional wardrobe for women in their everyday life," Temperley said. [The Daily Telegraph]
- There's been no formal explanation of why The Gap fired its creative director Patrick Robinson, but former members of the retailer's executive team say "his designs seemed lost on Gap customers." He also didn't want customers to see clothes styled any other way than how he showed them originally. "Merchants were literally told, 'You don’t get to change the product as it's presented,'" one former merchant recalled. [Fashionista]
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- Jean Paul Gaultier is the new creative director of Diet Coke in Europe. His first order of business? Decorating the iconic bottles with corsets to make them look more like his signature torso-shaped perfume bottles. [The Cut]
- Fashion blogger Bryan Boy is taking some flak for tweeting about the Miss Universe Canada pageant's decision to allow a transgender woman to participate in the competition. "I'm very much pro-tranny but i don't want them to take part in miss universe," he wrote, much to the dismay of The Cut's Alex Rees, who replied, "and some trannys are probably pro-bryanboy but they don't need you passing judgement." [Stylelist]
- Rosie Huntington-Whiteley joined Twitter today with the handle @RHW. "Hello!" her first tweet read. "Finally joining Twitter and looking forward to sharing some exciting and fun things with you all very soon...so stay tuned. R x" At the time of this posting she had already amassed over 2,000 followers. [The Daily Telegraph]
- Jeanne Beker's Fashion Television, the Canadian-based TV show that ran for 27 years, stopped production this week. Representatives from Bell Media, which owns Fashion Television, say Beker will stay with the company to work on "the development of new projects." The half-hour show aired weekly in over 130 countries. [The Fashion Spot]
- Alice Temperley is lobbying against a proposed British law that would raise the price of cider made in Great Britain — like the kind her parents produce for a living. "It is a crippling tax that would make local cider bought from local farms like my parents' three times more expensive, so ruining the livelihood I grew up with and England's beautiful orchards," she said. [Vogue UK]
Temperley London's opulent Fall collection showed an array of beaded and silk gowns, gold lamé, and intricate embroidery. Inspired by the "sumptuous colors and decadent subjects of the religious paintings and tapestries" from the Renaissance, designer Alice Temperley created a decadent fairytale filled with grandeur and glamour. Adorned with luxe fur cossacks, models walked down the runway dressed in an array of long-sleeved floral and beaded gowns, some of which were Oscars-worthy contenders, in addition to shiny pant suits and full-skirted silhouettes. Standouts included an elegant black slitted gown with a draped back and the floral-patterned tops and dresses. Meanwhile, velvet separates and chic leather skirt suits provided a modern and textural twist to the line. More details from the beautiful collection below.
- Trends: Full skirts, gold lamé, florals.
- Colors: Black, gold, ivory, red, navy, blue, brown.
- Key Piece: The floral embellished pieces and silky black gown were the standout pieces.
- Accessories: Suede platform sandals and ankle boots, colorful jewelry, fur cossack hats.
- Who Would Wear It: Women looking for unique, yet polished look like Kate Middleton and Thandie Newton in addition to front row attendees Poppy Delevigne and Minnie Driver.
>> For Fall 2012, Alice Temperley looked to "the sumptuous colors and decadent subjects of the religious paintings and tapestries" of the Renaissance era. Indeed, it was a decadent offering — and plenty appealing. There were full-flare skirts in gold jacquard; delicate blouses detailed with intricate lace insets; and a plethora of metallic gowns embellished with Tudor-inspired embroidery. Draped dresses in solid-colored silk and some cozy-looking fur-and-leather coats provided balance, while the Russian-style hats that topped each look added just the right hint of romance.