Lovely, delicate, elegant . . . in short, Temperley's wedding dresses are the kind dreams are made of. Watch as the head of communications for Temperley London, Madeleine Macey, fills our style director, Noria Morales, in on the new Spring 2013 collection, highlighting a few of Noria's own favorites, including the trend we've been loving most in bridal this season — lace sleeves!
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.
Temperley London's Moroccan-inspired Spring '13 collection was basically the stuff that dreams are made of. Designer Alice Temperley incorporated beautiful prints, sheer details, and crisp silhouettes for a collection that perfectly fused sweet and sexy. See the full runway show when you push play now.
"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.
Tonight's episode of Gossip Girl, deemed "Salon of the Dead," is all about Blair and Dan's British-themed coming out party, but what we're focusing on instead are two fabulous frocks Blake Lively's character, Serena, wears throughout the show. The first is a beautiful navy lace Catherine Malandrino dress, which she pairs with a long beaded necklace, and the other is a rockin' studded black Temperley London frock. Both pieces are available to add to your wardrobe right now, so step inside to see them on Serena and to find out new ways to wear them in your offscreen life.
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Temperley London's Fall 2012 collection was as good as gold, literally. Inspired by the decadence of religious paintings and tapestries from the Renaissance, Alice Temperley turned out glamour girls in shiny pantsuits, lovely lamé, and brocade and velvet dresses. A military-inspired cape coat and a velvet jumpsuit were standouts in our eyes, but watch the entire runway show to see what your favorite pieces are!
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.