Saying that earth tones are big for any autumn/winter season is rather like saying snow is white; try being a little less obvious. What we’ve seen repeatedly in London, though, is a tremendous amount of brown, typically right at the front of a collection. So much brown that I’ve almost come to expect it within the first three looks of any collection. Alice Temperley is never one to ignore a strong trend, but she put her own stamp on it. Instead of sending something brown down the runway first, she gave us … copper. Hey, there’s a big difference.
Actually, this collection returns to the shiny metallics Alice used back in A/W 13, and we’re not complaining at all. She knows how to work with the fabric in such a way as to not leave one’s eyes stinging after three or four looks. This season, she integrated the metallics with a number of patterns so diverse that they almost seem to conflict with each other. Horizontal and diagonal lines frequently collide, but to a very pleasing effect. The lines are broad enough, typically black interspersing the metallic, so as to prevent too much busy-ness and the variations in colors keep one’s interest as different pieces make their way down the catwalk. Especially impressive are the looks where the coats match the skirt or slacks underneath.
Not everything was metallic, either. Nomadic tribal patterns in bright orange and a piercing blue made for some very attractive ensembles that are a bit more casual than any metallic can ever be. Loose and flowing, often in chiffon and punctuated with matching coats and extremely long scarves, Temperly ultimately gives us a collection that runs from early morning errands, to the midday business attire, followed by beautiful evening wear. Mix and match however you want, the look is going to be nothing short of stunning.
And stunning is something Alice Temperley does very well. As always, her silhouettes are very feminine with cut-outs in just the right places and both neck and back lines plunging in evening wear. Temperley has perfected the craft of creating clothes that flatter a woman, regardless of her stage in life. Consider that Temperley put not just one but two obviously pregnant models on the runway and they look just as amazing as everyone else. What more can one ask of a fashion line?
Ultimately, we come back to the incredible talent Temperley has for working with metallic fabrics, giving us rich, dramatic looks without being garish or boring. Here is an example of creativity in the details worth emulating. Alice Temperley dresses her women like the goddesses they are. Every woman should be grateful.