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Temperley London Spring 2012 Runway Review

There are some shows at fashion week where the venue has little to no impact on how you see the collection as a whole; Temperley London’s show at the British Museum was not one of them. In the Great Hall of one of London’s most celebrated museums, designer Alice Temperley showed a glamorous but completely spring appropriate collection of feminine dresses and soft tailored separates. The designer was inspired by silver screen sirens such as Grace Kelly as Tracy Lord in High Society and Michelle Pfeiffer as Elvira Hancock in Scarface and the styling was definitely somewhere between the socialite and the dealer’s girlfriend with glossy red lips and white silk headscarves. Elegant, feminine silhouettes were paired with embellished sheer fabrications resulting in a more risqué showing from the designer, but if there’s one designer that can make a nipple-baring blouse look girlish and elegant, it’s Alice Temperley.

Fluid lines ran rampant in everything from soft structured tuxedos to a highly embellished jumpsuit and the designer managed to make delicate fabrics with gilded embellishment look confident and strong. The 20s trend that has appeared slowly but surely throughout this season made subtle appearances in the form of Art Deco appliqué and flirty fringe but the collection had the makings of an incredibly glamorous, and modern, spring wardrobe. Fans in the front row included Pippa Middleton so it would be no surprise if some of these looks showed up in the wardrobe of fashion's favorite royal.