>> 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.
>> Gold lace, diamanté detailing, and more than a few sequins dotted Alice Temperley's Pre-Fall 2012 collection. "It's less of a bohemian look, more dreamlike and ethereal," said Temperley, noting that Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the 19th-century aesthetic movement served as inspirations. "There is more of an opulence, a femininity, and a flow to the collection."
Pippa Middleton paired a caramel and black Temperley London frock with suede ankle boots at the Temperley show during London Fashion Week. Pippa's black clutch was in sync in her two-tone ensemble, but we chose a raspberry trench and matching nail polish to add an extra element to her ladylike look. Get Pippa's exact dress with other similar items here.
Pippa Middleton was front and center at Temperley London's Spring 2012 show. No wonder, as the Middleton sister is responsible for starting one of the year's biggest gown crazes when she attended the royal wedding reception in an emerald green Temperley gown. The collection was an elegant, silky nod to the '70s, with slinky camisole-like gowns, high-waist tap pants, and head scarves.
- Trends: 70s glamour, silks, hot pants, lace, boudoir.
- Colors: black, ivory, florals, navy, silver.
- Key Piece: a long floral silk gown; the beaded ivory spaghetti strap gown.
- Accessories: gorgeous statement necklaces, head scarves.
- Who Would Wear It: Pippa Middleton was in the front row, but Temperley is geared toward feminine women who indulge their romantic side.
Inspired by Grace Kelly in High Society and Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface, Temperley turned out an exciting, eveningwear-centric collection for Spring 2012. Silky tap pants, wide leg jumpsuits, and floor length dresses were effortlessly sexy, while beading, lace, headscarves and sunnies provided glamorous accoutrements. To see the whole runway, watch our coverage now!
Pippa Middleton, who looked gorgeous in a white Alexander McQueen dress for the wedding ceremony of her sister Kate to Prince William, changed into a stunning emerald green gown by Temperley London for the wedding reception. Her sister, now the Duchess of Cambridge, also changed outfits, sticking with Alexander McQueen as she chose a white satin gazar gown and bolero. We love Pippa's choice of emerald green — what do you think?
>> Some are convinced that maid of honor Pippa Middleton upstaged her sister on her wedding day, and the emerald green dress she chose to wear to the evening reception festivities at Buckingham Palace isn't discouraging that school of thought. While Kate Middleton changed into another demure dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Pippa swapped her McQueen dress from this morning for a sleeveless gown with a plunging neckline designed by Alice Temperley.
Temperley, for her part, was happy to hear that she was Pippa's choice: "It was a wonderful opportunity and an honor to work with Ms. Pippa Middleton. She is a beautiful young woman, with such elegance and looked stunning at the reception."
What Victoria Beckham and Other Fashion Industry Guests (Plus Chelsy Davy) Are Wearing to the Royal Wedding
>> Plenty of talk has been made of Kate Middleton's wedding dress, but what about her wedding guests? Victoria Beckham is said to be wearing one of her own designs — from the Fall 2011 Victoria Beckham collection — paired with custom Christian Louboutin shoes and a Philip Treacy hat.
Alexandra Shulman has gone with Christopher Kane for the big day (who Samantha Cameron is also rumored to have chosen), while Anya Hindmarch picked a "classic and chic" Emilia Wickstead look. Harper's Bazaar's Sara Parker Bowles will wear Osman, while her mother-in-law Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will be dressed by Anna Valentine, the designer who created her wedding dress when she married Prince Charles in 2005. And former Armani muse Lady Helen Taylor is wearing Erdem.