Alice Temperley: ‘Lea Seydoux is such a fascinating beauty’
Alice Temperley is a designer best known for creating elegant, dreamy dresses ordinarily seen at the likes of the world’s most renowned women – Kate Middleton, her sister Pippa and Keira Knightley are all huge fans.
Having had her own label, Temperley London, since 2000, the 38-year-old designer is now undoubtedly a household name. Temperley’s contribution to the craze industry was offiically recognised by the Queen in 2011, when she was awarded a MBE.
The designer’s latest venture is in partnership with another British heritage brand – Gordon’s Gin – to create ten limited edition bottles. We caught up together with her to speak fashion, parties and red carpet dressing.
How did the collaboration with Gordon’s take place?
Gordon’s approached us to collaborate with them and as two British brands with strong heritages it gave the impression of an excellent partnership and that i like a G and T in all its Britishness…
Growing up on a cider farm inSomerset sounds pretty idyllic, is that a life you need to come back to?
I still have a lovely home in Somerset that I escape to at the weekends.
London Fashion Week’s just round the corner. Are you able to give us inkling about what inspired your new collection?
St. Petersburg for pattern and Guy Bourdin for mood….
Have you bought any tips for surviving fashion week/month?
A fun dynamic team, a feeling of humour and enjoying it…
Your designs are loved by many girls everywhere, why do you suspect your designs are so enduring?
I aim to create timeless, feminine designs that combine meticulous detail and embellishments with an English eccentricity and personality drawing on everything British. I design for the Temperley woman, who has an independent spirit and is confident, playful and happy in herself anywhere – be it the countryside or city.
How does it feel to work out such beautiful, established women wearing your designs?
I love when any woman wears Temperley London especially as there are such a lot of designers to select from. It’s incredibly flattering…
Who would you most prefer to dress for the Oscars?
Lupita Nyong’o, she was outstanding in ‘12 Years a Slave’
What’s the simplest fashion party you have ever been to?
The launch party for our flagship store on Bruton Street in December 2012, closely followed by our three hundred and sixty five days anniversary party last year which was combined with the launch of the Temperley and Gordon’s 10 Green Bottles project which was an extremely memorable evening..
Have you or do you want to style a movie? Which one, past or present?
When i used to be younger i used to be passionate about watching black and white movies; we didn’t have a TV until i used to be 12 so Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire was my ultimate luxury…I would have loved to be around in that era.
Who’s look are you loving at present?
Lea Seydoux, she is such an enticing beauty.
By Olivia Marks
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