Traveling the Silk Route

New York…Temperley London

One among the several New York designers who opted out of holding a runway show this season, Alice Temperley held a two-day presentation of her F/W collection with an accompanying online video show. “I’ve been looking for an alternative way to show for a while now, and with editors and retailers cutting back on travel, the video seemed like a good, maybe even greener way to reach a wider audience,” she said. Temperley knows a thing or two heavy duty travel, having moved her label from London to New York for last season and then soon after jetting off to Japan to glean inspiration for her current women’s collection. The Silk Road influence was crystal clear on the runway with pleats and origami folds on jacket lapels and the hemlines of dresses and updated obis in leather with gold chains and leopard prints. Rose stood out as the balancing hue to the other two key colors, red and white. Once again, pompoms made another F/W 09 runway appearance, accenting indulgent seasonal hats.


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  • Isabella

    I am very intrigued by the way that Temperley used traditional Japanese details to show her inspiration. The pleats, folds, floral motifs and obi belts were used in a clever way as to avoid making it look like a costume show. I can’t help but to sense a sort of Russian vibes from these looks as well..the silhouettes and lines appear severe as well as military. The mix of different fabrics made for an eclectic and interesting show!

  • Hanna

    Is it just me or are the leopard belts too much? I feel like jeweled belts would have been prettier.

  • I like it but perhaps a poor man’s version of Chanel’s magnificent Pre-Fall show.

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