Alice Temperley's Autumn / Winter 2013 collection was entitled 'Byrds', but don't let this confuse you into thinking her inspiration was the 60s rock band of the same name. There was no 'Mr Tamourine Man' here. Instead the Byrd-related influence was, of course, the Hitchcock film The Birds, and more importantly, its icy blonde star Tippi Hedren.

After a couple of dresses with sheer panels opened the show, we were treated to a particularly beautiful run of separates - in the kind of dry-clean-only whites and creams that only a Hitchcock heroine could truly get away with. Big voluminous coats with stand-up boat neck collars, slouchy trousers in huge checks, and short body jackets with bracelet sleeves layered over long, luxurious leather gloves were some of the highlights.


Then the creams made way for deep blue, gorgeous heavy metal brocades, and a series of slim-fitting knits tucked into a-line skirts, worn high on the waist with a skinny belt. Some seemed to be printed with the kind of small pattern you'd expect to find on a silk scarf, others had ribbon-esque trims down each pleat, in jewel tones and plenty of old gold.

Finally came the party dresses and gowns, always they key part of any Temperley show. This time, there were shorter white dresses with jewel-encrusted shoulders, silk scarves floating down the back of high-necked designs, and even a 20s-style gown with beading and drop waists.


The big showstopper was a full-length sheer gown with feather-like scalloped white embellishment and embroidery down the whole dress and its long sleeves. There was also a beautiful white gown with jewelled sleeves, a jewel-print gown with puffed skirt, and some black gowns with illusion panelling.

Check out our short video of the close of the show below:

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