Tag Archive: Temperley London

Aug 07 2014

Video Loving: Temperley London’s Enchanted Summer

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Every wondered what it was like inside Alice Temperley’s romantic, fairytale-filled world? Well this short film, shot by the designer’s brother Henry Temperley for Net-a-Porter does just that, by showing off her exquisite gowns as well as her stunning Somerset home in the lead up to her annual Enchanted Summer party. 

Directed by Alice, the short film really is a gorgeous way to show off the designer’s limited edition Temperley London dresses, worn by some of the brand’s muses including Laura Bailey, Caroline Issa, and Jacquetta Wheeler, who are all wearing designs created exclusively for Net-a-Porter.

One of my favourite shows at London Fashion Week is always Temperley London, mainly because you are guaranteed plenty of gorgeous gowns to swoon over, and this video brings those exquisite pieces to life in such a beautiful, ethereal and fun way. I have to be honest I totally want to be on that guest list – that party looks fun.

But unlike other fashion films, this isn’t a campaign video, a behind-the-scenes of a fashion show, this is a moving-image boutique, as shoppers can click on the dresses or accessories they wish to buy and they will be added to their personal ’boutique’ all without interrupting the film. Net-a-Porter really do know how to get people shopping luxury fashion – but don’t blame me if you want everything you click on!!!

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I love all the pieces from the folky floral embroidered skirts to the chiffon-appliquéd tulle gowns and the hot pink lace-paneled pleated crepe maxi dress, but for me it has to be all the wedding-worthy gowns that caught my eye, which isn’t a surprise given that the summer party had a White Magic theme.

Shop my 10 favourite wedding-worthy Temperley London gowns on Net-a-Porter:

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Which gowns caught your eye?

[Pics: Temperley London/Net-a-Porter]

Sep 19 2013

LFW SS14: Temperley London ‘Sicily’

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You are always guaranteed romantic, ethereal and beautiful gowns when attending at Temperley London catwalk show and spring/summer 2014 was no different. Inspired by dreams of a “Sicilian adventure” the collection was filled with ladylike elegance and glamour from knee-length to floor-sweeping red carpet ready gowns.

Of course there were many Princess moments from vibrant tiered raspberry beauties to delicate gowns embellished with silk flowers and crystals that of course would look perfect on the red carpet of any award ceremony. Then there were dresses featuring clashing prints of leopard print and delicate florals, and abstract prints of burgundy, pink and black that looked more like something Alexander McQueen would do than Alice Temperley.

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As well as the exquisite red carpet dresses, that I am hoping Hollywood stylists will snap up for the up-coming Primetime Emmys, there was an elegant 50’s vibe with voluminous silhouette and the trapeze shapes in the tops and swing coats.

Of course I can see the Duchess of Cambridge taking her pick of the gorgeous dresses and coats, but I feel that this collection deserves more International recognition from Hollywood starlets. Of course actress Anna Kendrick, who was front row, is bound to wear Temperley on her next promo tour, but I can also see Diane Kruger wearing one of the clashing animal print and floral beauties and Nina Dobrev wearing one of the abstract knee-length dresses.

This collection was breathtaking and deserves to be showcased – here’s hoping that the top stylists start calling in pieces for their clients as these gowns deserve the glamour of flash bulbs and the red carpet.

I think this collection looks the best when in motion so I have put together one of my HTC Zoe highlight reels dedicated to the show:

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Sep 15 2013

LFW SS14: Day 3 – Princess Gowns, Donna Ida & Lulu Guinness

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From there it was a trip back to The Apartment, it is so lovely having somewhere to chill between shows and this gorgeous apartment overlooking Covent Garden is out-of-this-world. Today, I chatted with the Pinterest guys, I love their fashion week hub and it was nice to be able to say thank you for including me, I also got some tips on how to improve my boards and how people are using the site, if you guys are interested I will put together a tip sheet on how to get the most out of the site.

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I then did a quick photoshoot with Little Black Dress, strangely not wearing black but purple, for their website, before heading out the door to Temperley London, which was being staged in the ballroom at The Savoy. With a packed front row of Anna Kendrick, Paloma Faith, Jodi Kidd and Pixie Lott the show was fashionably 30 minutes late, which meant that the guys rushing off to Topshop even planned their escape routes, I kid you not!

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It seems weird that my last show of the day was before 5pm but it was nice to go home eat proper food, see my boyfriend, stroke my cats and crack on with my work – I currently have over a thousand pictures to go through.

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For day 3 my outfit was all abut my new jeans from Donna Ida, my new love of animal print, and my need to find an outfit to go with this quirky kitty cat hat from Claire’s. First up lets discuss these jeans, they are Ida by Donna Ida, yep the queen of jeans has her own collection and they are amazing. Not only are my Mabel’s the best fitting skinnies I have ever had, but they have received so many complements that I feel amazing wearing them.

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My Style: Mabel skinny jeans, Ida by Donna Ida (c/o) // Black shirt, River Island // Blazer, Dorothy Perkins // Leopard print loafers, UGG Australia (c/o) // Izzy satchel, Lulu Guinness (c/o) // Kitty hat, Claire’s (c/o – the LFW Apartment) // Glasses, Retro54 (c/o) // Gold necklace, New Look //

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Like with Day 1 and Day 2 – I have put together a highlight reel using HTC Zoe on my HTC One – just check out all those amazing dress at Temperley London:

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Sep 16 2012

LFW SS13: Day 3 – A Flash Of Colour, Blogger Love and A Balcony View

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First stop of the day and the reason for my early start was The Apartment for the Vodafone breakfast, it was really nice meeting the PR and marketing team, finding out about their new London Fashion Week app, fingers crossed they release it for next fashion week as it looked cool, and also talking about plans for the Mary Katrantzou partnership, which is still very much at the early conversation stage. If Richard Nicoll’s rechargeable bag is anything to go by it is going to be great.

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My pictures aren’t amazing, but the collection was minimalist with incredible tailoring for such a young designer, and my highlight had to be the finale light caramel evening gown its leather bodice and wrap skirt was gorgeous. Oh, and I can’t forget the accessories, incredible Kat Maconie shoes and quirky retro sunglasses from Zan Zan – Charlie May is definitely a name for the future.

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A quick stop back at The Apartment for food, you could tell it was Wagamamas day as the place was packed. A snack, a read of The Daily, and a peak on social media sites and I was back out the door to Temperely London.

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Looking for my flash of colour from my look of the day? Well, I am going to own up, I totally forgot to take it. I don’t know what happened, but trust me it wasn’t black, it was actually bright orange.

Sep 13 2012

LFW SS13: My London Fashion Week Essentials…Well Some Of Them

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Today is London Fashion Week eve, which can only mean that I am in a slight panic over my wardrobe options, doing last minute shopping, organising my schedule, chasing last minute tickets, and most importantly laying out all the essentials I need to carry around with me.

I wont bore you in detail in how much I carry around, think of a packhorse and you won’t be too far out, I generally pack everything the first day and each day my bag gets lighter and lighter as I just can’t carry it!!!

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First up, the bag, each season I choose one core bag that I use more often than not, and I mix in a few of my favourites as the mood takes me. This season I have been treated with a Knomo leather bag, I am planning on doing a more detailed post about this incredible bag, but here are the highlights – this bag has its own padded laptop compartment, it can fit in all these essentials and more, it is cute, I love that she is called ‘Alice’, and I don’t think I have ever had a more chic laptop bag. This beauty is perfect for fashion week.

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From technology to old school, I can’t leave the house without my Filofax, I had been using my bright yellow beauty, but then Filofax asked if I would like one of the new Temperley for Filofax Violet organisers to try out, which isn’t even in the stores yet, and of course I jumped at the chance – this is a gorgeous diary. Then I have my new ‘bunting’ notepad that my friend Sarah sent me, which goes perfectly with my Bic two-way pen, I do love a pink pen, and I don’t leave to an event without my Fashionista Barbie business cards – well you don’t know who you might meet!!!

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Rushing around for 10 hours straight means you do need to refresh your make-up, as I have such a large bag I always go for a colourful cosmetic pouch, and you don’t get brighter than the amazing range from Candy Store – inside I just carry the essentials foundation, mascara, eye shadow, bronzer and concealer.

Changing conditions is what you have to get used to with fashion week, different venues means different temperatures, so I always carry a scarf, this season I have gone with a horse print. The last few essentials range from Carmex to handcream, headache tablets and then I have my new Barbie coffee cuff from Clippy, yes this season at London Fashion Week even my cuppa will be fashionable!!!

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I have a hectic few days coming up, so Fashionista Barbie might be a little slow on the updates, I will try between shows but my schedule is packed this season with some amazing backstage access and I have even got tickets to Temperley London and House of Holland that I have never received before so I am super excited.

Just finishing up this post and I realised I haven’t actually put my tickets in my fashion week essentials – now that would be crazy to forget them!!!

What would your fashion week essentials be?

Jan 09 2012

War Horse: Catherine Middleton In Alice Temperley

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Who: Catherine Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge

Where: At the world premiere of DreamWorks Pictures’ War Horse directed by Steven Spielberg at the Odeon Leicester Square

Wearing: A custom black lace floor-length Temperley London gown with plunging neckline, teamed with a black velvet Pretty Ballerina by Mascaró clutch with bow detailing

Verdict: With today being the Duchesses 30th birthday, first up Happy Birthday Catherine, secondly how I love that she has revived lace.

There is something so romantic and racy about lace all at the same time that I just love, and having this dress with a black lace overlay with a plunging neckline it is just perfection for me. This is a gorgeous red carpet dress, that has a sexiness about it as well as regal glamour. I know that some are saying it is old-fashioned, but I love it.

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Sep 12 2011

Dress Of Your Dreams: Wish Want Wear Rental Service

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Do you have a fancy party, wedding, or even a date coming up where you want to look designer fabulous for a fraction of the price? Well, you are in luck as new premium designer dress rental website, Wish Want Wear, has launched.

I love the sparkle of the catwalk and now instead of just dreaming about my favourite pieces, I can actually rent them. What I love about Wish Want Wear is that luxury fashion has never been so accessible, they offer dresses to rent from between £27-£400, that is on average 12-15% of the actual retail prices, and they have an amazing selection.

Be honest, how often have you actually worn that amazing gown that hangs in your wardrobe, because it was so fabulous that everyone remembers it? Generally, we buy an expensive dress and then wear it once, with Wish Want Wear you can rent the gown of your dreams for either 4 or 8 days, and the best bit you don’t have to worry about getting it dry cleaned they do it all for you. Worried about sizing? Well don’t be as they even send you a complimentary second sized dress.

The site offers a whole host of leading designer brands including Temperley, Haslton Heritage, Sass and Bide, Tibi, Twenty8Twelve in addition to accessories from the likes of Erickson Beamon, Dannijo and Kara Ross. My advice is go for showy and completely OTT, as you are renting it you want people to remember it. My top five picks are:

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This gorgeous pink Tracey Reese lace cocktail dress is perfectly for working the ladylike look. Not as flashy as some dresses, but trust me just as memorable, especially in this cute Barbie pink colour. I reckon this would be a perfect dress to wear to a wedding. Rental price is only £47 for 4 days, rather than £410 if you bought the dress.

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After show-stopping? Then this old-school glamour Kaya gown from Temperley London is perfect. This dramatic red silk one-shoulder gown with cape sleeve is simply stunning, I love the draping as well as the embellished detail at the waist. If you are after red carpet perfection then you have to go for something like this. To buy it would cost you £2,400, the rental cost is just £257.

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Changing it up from black is hard, well that is until you see this gorgeous jewel-hued Catherine Malandrino, I love this shimmering blue ruched maxi. Rental price is £82, a fraction of the £700 RRP.

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Want a Sex and the City moment on a big girls night out? Then you have to go for Halston Heritage and how perfect is this purple pleated double-layer scoop-neck dress for only £27 rental. That is cheaper than a new frock off the high street and more healthy to your bank balance than its retail price of £438.

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More of a summer dress but I couldn’t resist including this stunning Gardenia print  Mark + James Badgley Mischka maxi dress. This beauty is straight from the runway and wouldn’t seem out of place on red carpet. Rent this beauty for just £42, rather than paying £240 to buy.

Has anyone ever rented a dress from a similar website? I think I might have to give it a go with options like this – now all I need is a fancy night out!!!

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