With Alice Temperley professing this to be her favourite ever collection, this is certainly one of the most memorable shows of London Fashion Week – set in The Grand Connaught Rooms in Mayfair, whose ceilings reminded the designer of her mood boards.
But what a departure from last season! Goodbye drama and opulence, hello fifties glamour and eye-watering colours (sharp and distinct tangerine, slashes of cherry red, cobalt and white and black – by far my favourite colours coming down the catwalk).
“It’s just more fun, more playful this season. It’s less about the dress – which is obviously still a really key piece for us – but more about really great separates in high-quality fabrics, and the way you put them together. It’s a much cleaner colour palette too.” — Alice Temperley
The whole collection was embellished and accessorised with equal flair. Crystals on the waists and down the back of the flirty dresses, wide-brimmed hats and retro sunglasses and net gloves from Cornelia James. Footwear came from Charlotte Olympia in candy colours and achingly high.
If you weren’t transfixed by the beautiful clothes, you could certainly be distracted by the front row: Anna Friel, Poppy Delevingne and Pixie Lott all made a chic appearance. And I bet none of them can wait to get their hands on this super-wearable collection.
Bravo, Alice Temperley. Bravo.
See the full collection here.