May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Alice Temperley told interviewers that, while gathering inspiration for her Pre-Fall collection, she had pored over images of costumes from 30s films and photographs of their elegant starlets, taken by lensman Horst P. Horst. The glamour of the era, and of the swanlike women who inhabited it, infused the offering, which contained swingy A-line coats, prim mohair sweaters, and simple sheaths. Art Deco-inspired prints and patterns also supported the 30s references. Eveningwear, a category at which Temperley has always excelled, was a highlight. A feather-printed gown with split sleeves was a particular standout, and embroidered gowns embodied a delicate, feminine sensibility. The 30s inspirations suited Temperley’s aesthetic well, and one hopes she will continue to explore this era in coming seasons.–Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: A-line / Boxy / Hourglass / Top heavy / Long + languid
Color: Burnished gold / Cream / Black / Nude / Silver / Baby pink / Dove grey / Peach / Caramel / Yves Klein blue / Lavender
Key Items: A-line coats / Slim jacquard pants / Mohair sweaters / Fine-gauge sweater dresses / Evening gowns
Materials: Jacquard / Mohair yarns / Fine-gauge yarns / Leather / Satin / Organza / Printed silks / Snakeskin / Suede / Fluid charmeuse
Print + Pattern: Art Deco arches and florals / Colorful scattered feathers
Details + Trim: Lace trim / Embroidery / Beading / Tiers / Tie necks / Cap sleeves / Split sleeves
Accessories + Footwear: Fedoras / Opera-length gloves / Skinny belts / Ankle-strap peep-toe platforms
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