Exclusive: Alice Temperley on 'luxury bohemia' and what's next
Launched overnight on net-a-porter.com, the Spring '16 capsule is a tight edit of just eight pieces: a beautifully embroidered tulle gown, two embroidered silk-organza maxi skirts, two tulle tops, two embroidered tulle mini dresses and a relaxed crepe de chine kimono. "This is the season of embroidery, so it only seemed fitting that we worked with Alice - the queen of embroidery - on an extra special Temperley London exclusive capsule just in time for the festive season," says NET-A-PORTER buyer Sybil Wilmot Smith.
Inspired by both the wrought iron work of Victorian gardens and oversized tropical blooms, the collection is a heady tribute to modern bohemia, equal parts history and romance, decadence and light. We chatted to Alice Temperley to find out more about her design influences and how she'd style the collection below.
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What's Temperley's design philosophy?
"We design all the fabrics, weaves, prints and embroideries in house - there is a real sense of craftsmanship in everything we do. We do not follow trends and design things that are unique and true to our aesthetic. The Temperley woman is spirited, confident, feminine, with our modern bohemian stamp she is looking for something effortless, unique and timeless."
What was the inspiration for this NET-A-PORTER exclusive capsule collection and how did you go about the design process?
"NET-A-PORTER knows exactly what their customers want from each of their designers, so it was great to be able to work together on the exclusive pieces. Our embroidery techniques are something that works very well and very much part of our brand identity. We designed pieces around a design inspired by tropical flowers that we photographed and hand-painted in our studio in London, and then the designs were then translated into each pattern piece and hand stitched on the finest tulles."
Why partner with NET-A-PORTER.COM on this capsule?
"Right from the beginning Net-A-Porter has always been very supportive of the brand (Temperley and NET-A-PORTER were founded at the same time ) so we have worked together for a long time and it's great to be able to work this closely together."
What is your favourite piece and how would you style it up?
"The Long Carmelina Dress. I would wear it with flat sandals and hair tied loosely back for a relaxed look. The matching kimono also looks great as a lounge like dress jacket combo... relaxed, luxurious bohemia."
What does the future hold for Temperley?
"We are expanding into a luxury lifestyle brand with lots of exciting projects coming up in 2016 and we are currently working on a new coffee table book."
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