The Scene: Temperley London’s Fall 2014 presentation at The Savoy.
The Inspiration: Like last season, Temperley London’s Fall 2014 show took place at the iconic hotel, but this time around, it was all about infusing a touch of romance into your everyday life with a collection that projected a savvier and sexier attitude. Gone are the days of the feminine, innocent girly-girl and out came the thigh-high boots instead. And how better to achieve such a feel than with a nod toward feisty Spanish influences? The intricate patterns, textures and colors were all inspired by the ornate detail of the country's cathedrals and Byzantine architecture.
The Look: Layered daytime separates were key as the show kicked off with a long cobalt column dress in paneled geometric French lace, a textured merino wool jacquard coat and a pair of delicate micro fishnets, with a beautiful Italian wool silk woven blanket strewn around the shoulders. As the collection proceeded, bold graphics transformed into bright floral patterns with the color palette mixing shades of cobalt, navy, gray, oyster, ochre and rose. Their floaty and romantic signatures were edged up thanks to rich tailoring, shortened lengths and, of course, those amazing Charlotte Olympia suede thigh-high boots. As always with Temperley, the collection channeled the opulence of another era, yet the overall effect was indeed more everyday wearable than previous seasons. Although it could be said that there weren’t any standout gowns that caught our attention this time, more comprehensive standout looks achieved the desired effect instead. Show-stopping outfits had to be the luxurious silk satin halter-style evening gown cut to reveal a rather racy pair of 20s-style stay-ups or the oversized blush sheepskin shrug that added extra depth to the striking almond paneled column dress and woven blanket combo.
The Accessories: Temperley layered up this season with a mix of its own uniquely and intricately designed scarves and woven blankets to create more wearable looks. The Charlotte Olympia footwear swung between racy thigh-highs and sexy pointed pumps with provocative hosiery by Wolford also helping to create that sought-after sexier appeal.
The Beauty: The makeup was by Lisa Eldridge at Premier Hair and Makeup using Sunday Riley with a blue, boxy-shaped liner on top and a smudgy blue powder underneath. Malcolm Edwards from Streeters created smooth plaited hairstyles with a little help from Moroccanoil.
The Casting: John Pfeiffer selected the models and the front row featured Peaches Geldof, Eliza Doolittle, Amber and Yasmin Le Bon, Joely Richardson, Jacquetta Wheeler and Jodie Kidd.
The Takeaway: The collection’s sexier feel was a pleasant surprise as well as a great addition to its usual feminine and romantic look. As the show notes cite, it’s "the start of a new and exciting era for Temperley" and with a collection that still screams opulent glamour yet with a sexier vibe, we can’t wait to see what’s next.
All images: IMAXtree