Alice Temperley's AW12 Renaissance at London Fashion Week 2012
The final show on day two of London Fashion Week for me was one of great anticipation; Temperley. A highly regarded brand with regular customers including the likes of royal siblings Kate Middleton and Pippa Middleton. Moving on nicely from their SS12 collection (of which Pippa sat front row) of silver screen glamour, the ornate and grand venue in London's Westminster played host to an Autumn Winter 2012 collection called Renaissance.
The collection is said to be a celebration of opulence - something that was clear to see from the first few looks that sauntered down the runway. The varied array of ladylike luxe dresses featured combinations of ornate decorative patterns and textures; think metallic golden brocades, rich embroidered satins, modern-feel floral prints and heavy embellishments. The collection was one with several differing directions, each one of which was strong, directional and done to the full degree. While floral prints felt modern with an almost oriental influence, metallic textured dresses had lady like nipped in waist with traditional rosette embellishment and looks were adorned with draped Mawi pearls giving a very traditional feel.
Most looks were completed with super luxe Russian style fur hats which brought an oerseas European feel to the collection. Hair was tied back in Audrey Hepburn style knots and cheeks were awash with a rose glow. A trend we've seen at many a fashion week show this season is elbow length opera gloves, which went to enhance Temperley's offering. The collection finished with some breathtaking embellished gowns with seriously dropped waists. We wouldn't be surprised to see at least one of these on the Oscars red carpet in the coming weeks.
Alice Temperley herself sums up the collection accurately and succinctly, "I feel the collection has found its new form and the shapes have entered a new signature. In this fast transient world a little decadence s like a tonic, a romantic escapism".
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