TOP LOOKS: Curve-hugging white cocktail dress with lattice-like print and a gray gown with dramatic ruffles and cinched waist worn with a harness, both for Temperley; pink pleated pants and white puff-shoulder blouse with blue embroidery for Alice
ACCESSORIES: Thick and strappy brown and black pumps by Nicholas Kirkwood for Temperley London, large-brim hats in black and white by Victoria Grant, leather and metal harnesses (Temperley); little brown lace-up oxfords, studded belts with attached coin purses (Alice)
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Showing both her high-end namesake line, Temperley London, and her newish diffusion line, Alice by Temperley, Brit designer Alice Temperley called on larger-than-life European characters -- Queen Guinevere and Marie Antoinette -- and gave their wardrobes a modern twist.
The more worked and luxurious Temperley line featured gothic-tinged dresses and separates in tough leather, soft ruffles, and wildcat prints, all in dramatic silhouettes and paired with metal and leather harnesses. A hooded metallic dress reminiscent of chain mail took the King Arthur theme to its most literal.
More light and airy was the younger and more accessible Alice line, which was spun from Antoinette's taste for decadence and romance. Girly, cool-girl pieces included slouchy trousers, skirts, and overalls in white and pale pink, billowing hand-embroidered blouses and maxi-dresses, and classic toile du Jouy prints slapped on playsuits. Many of the looks were finished with adorable studded hip belts with attached coin purses that we want very badly.
Overall, both of Temperley's collections were extremely original and completely covetable.
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Kick the New Year in Style with the eclectic British design Alice by Temperley.