Temperley Shimmers English charm
Fashion Tours London loves unisex clothing, but, we have to admit, there’s something about soft, light layers of pastel cloth dripping with sequins and floral embroidery that sets our hearts aflutter. So entering Temperley London on Bruton Street always seems to bring forth some sighs of delight and a poorly contained rush to go through the racks and just drool a little. The intricacy of the fabric designs is in many cases a complete marvel. Mood boards decorated with sketches and scraps of cloth tell the inspirations behind the latest collection, and small paper models of the dresses reveal the next steps in the process of its creation. This store is the very best place in the world to examine Temperley’s clothes in all their exquisiteness.
Founded and still owned and run by the remarkable Alice Temperley, the brand was launched in 2000, and, through all its development over the last two decades, it continues to reflect the seemingly winsome free spirit of its owner. Alice Temperley grew up on a cider farm in Somerset, and she has returned there to have her collections photographed year after year, the dresses glowing in the summer sun on barefoot models with floating hair. The brand could not be more English, bespeaking a rural idyll that yet is secure in its shimmering sophistication. Full of charm on the city streets, Temperley’s dresses are never trapped by them.
Fashion Tours London visits Temperley on our Latest in Design and Unique Boutiques tours.
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