Temperley London Spring 2014 Collection

Posted on September 16, 2013

Temperley London may just have answered a question no one thought to ask before with this collection: Just where do you go as a designer once you’ve become known as the future queen of England’s go-to designer? Answer: You go for brightly colored elegance. You marry youth style with royal style. Pretty, luxe, feminine pieces that drip with low-key chicness and are perfect for waving at large crowds of people from far away.  She’s quite wisely making a play not for the Duchess of Cambridge herself, but for all the young ladies who look to her for style inspiration. This all says “Kate,” but without the restrictions that come with having Queen Elizabeth as your grandmum-in-law.






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  • Victor Beiramar Diniz

    it also says ‘setting the wardrobe for the next pregnancy’…

    • kipper

      got to have that spare!

    • Louise Bryan

      My thought: much of this collection seems inspired by Her Grace’s recent confinement (that’s old speak for pregnancy).

  • SophiaPehawkins

    I fucking hate satin, but the ones that aren’t, are quite pretty.

    • demidaemon

      I, too, wished she had used a more matte fabric.

    • Nicole C

      OMG! Those leopard and floral prints are soooo sexy. Or is it just me?

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    I normally am not a fan of shininess, but that black and white short satin dress with the cape is making me swoon.

  • Gorgeous, a lot of it. The single leopard print skirt? WTF? I could have done with a trifle less pink. But its a very successful collection, from a designer who knows her business.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I’m so disappointed in you…Ha ha! You of the keen, discerning eye. Go back and look again the leopard is worked into at least 5 pieces. I love it.

      • I am covered in shame. (hides head)

        • JDreesen

          oh. i read that “single” in your post as “the only print used in the skirt” – which i also found to be pure WTFery. then again, leopard print and i are not on speaking terms, so….there’s that.

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  • Let it out

    Can we just not with the satin anymore? I mean, unless you’re rich enough to have a minion chasing you with a steam iron, you never, ever sit down, and you have so much matte powder plastered on your face that you look like a botox-ed geisha.

  • decormaven

    Leopard and floral, oh my! Some of the pink looks are a little much, but we’ll be seeing a good bit of this out and about.

  • joything

    Numbers 5 & 6 with that fascinating sleeve style … love.

    • lrober03

      I couldn’t tell if they were a separate item or attached to the dress, but either way I’m in

  • Anyone else craving Neapolitan ice cream?

    • stellamaris73

      I was about to post something along these lines… many pieces are just a lovely scoop of ice cream.

  • homofascist

    Kate is totally going to rock that navy coat with the cut outs. She will probably wear it over a neutral (or white) colored dress and make it look dowdy, but I predict this will happen.

    Speaking of happen – I happened to need to run to Target this morning before work and they had two really cute Phillip Lim sweaters in my size (well actually a size lower than my usual size – they are cut generously). I was pleased.

  • Vanessa

    The Opera coats and full skirts are charmingly retro. Kind of interesting to see a silhouette like that in 2014 shows.

  • CommentsByKatie

    There were a few that I really liked in the beginning, but it kept veering off course; hate the animal prints and the weird shapes.

    • kimmeister

      Exactly, some of the shapes just don’t work:
      1) trapezoid tops
      2) dresses with with a dropped waist and a blouson top
      3) knee length swing coats over gowns
      4) gowns with a full skirt that start right at a hip seam

  • You know, I’m not a girly girl. It’s not remotely my go-to aesthetic personally, nor for artistic appreciation, but I am loving this. It’s romantic, playful and rich looking. I can imagine many a twenty-something year old, frequently TLo featured actresses in these.

  • Jacquelyn

    There are some that are super cute and would look great on Kate but then there are some really bizarre clunkers that would make Kate look like she was wearing a pillow case.

  • princessricky

    i don’t know… its all kind of princessy to me – and i should know! 🙂

  • Beardslee

    I’m distracted by the shoes worn with the pink floral day dress, 9th photo down. I imagine it’s just the light but they sure do look like two different colors.
    I like a lot of this, though that trapeze shape is problematic.

  • Nancer

    Oooohhhhh! So pretty. Love the satin color striped gowns. This makes my eyes happy.

  • imspinningaround

    These photorealistic prints >>>>>>>>>>>>> Mary Kantrantzou’s photorealistic prints

  • hughman

    I questioned how much this collection referenced Kate (can I call you Kate?) until I saw the leopard print mixed with the florals. It’s VERY upper-class interior design, v. Diana Vreeland, v. “World of Interiors”. That echelon of society eats that mix up, covering the Louis XVI in leopard is so cheeky and Grandpapa probably bagged it on safari in the 20s.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I love the leopard!

  • frannyprof

    Gorgeous. Almost makes me wish for spring. I don’t think Kathy C. will be going bra–less under a sheer top anytime soon, though.

  • Tracy M

    Stunning. The thick bands of color and texture with the ephemeral float of some of the dresses… wow.

  • amanda siegelson

    love most of this collection so so much. but i’m tired of the see-thru tops that will almost never see the light of (real) day. and count me as sad for the models that are having to expose themselves so much this year. i do wonder if they feel they have a right to say “no” to a designer. i would assume not. it’s one thing if they have no problem with it – and another entirely if they feel forced into it by worrying if they will continue to work after saying no.

    • Corsetmaker

      Ever seen backstage at a catwalk show? Honestly models are not shy that way, they can’t be,

      • demidaemon

        No, they can’t. They generally have to change quick in the back into their next outfit, which requires a lot of near public near nudity.

  • kimmeister

    Pretty hit and miss for me. The standout love is the black and lavender dress with the leopard spaghetti straps.

    • MRC210

      Yes, so much. And the one just below it.

  • MaggieMae

    Nicely done. That first look knocked it out of the park.

  • Sunraya

    Dull as dishwater, except for the see through top. Do you think Cathy Cambridge will be sporting that one soon??

    I really don’t like these, and most of the colors are too bright for Cathy Cambridge.

  • alyce1213

    I like a lot of this. She has a unique point of view of pretty.

  • In_Stitches

    The brown and pink coat with the matching brown, pink and white skirt in equal, broad stripes? It’s clearly neopolitan icecream as fashion. After that, I couldn’t shake the ice cream association with the rest of the looks.

    Mint…what, no chips?

    Lilac, yuck.

    Fat free vanilla…I’ll pass.

  • MilaXX

    Love everything but that leopard print skirt

  • sagecreek

    None of it’s for me, but I can see that it’s pretty.

  • Kate4queen

    It’s interesting!

  • mmebam

    The animal print helped take the collection out of the saccharin.

  • marlie

    LOVE. I love this collection. The first gown with the overcoat is probably my favorite, but there’s so much more here that I adore. I can’t want to see who (including Duchess Kate) wears this collection.

  • snarkykitten

    Not really feeling the big bulky boxy look

  • GoAwayKardash

    LOVE. Love, love, love.

  • Wow, I’m surprised at how much I don’t like this. It screams fussy to me, and that’s not a look I associate with Cathy Cambridge. I don’t love the silhouettes either – too self consciously maternity/post maternity. Is there no more elegant way to dress that shape?

  • ballerinawithagun

    Stunning! Fabulous fabrics. Love the leopard mixed in. I’m short so I cant wear the tent, bell shaped pieces but as we saw on Cate last week, she could certainly wear it. The coats are amazing! I hadn’t cared for Temperley before but these are bold.

  • OffToSeeHim

    Want that purple sundress all day long!!!

  • Donna Tabor

    Someone apparently thinks there will be a second royal baby. They’ll be ready for it!

  • crash1212

    Beautiful collection. Love the textiles.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Very luxurious and rich looking.

  • Trickytrisha

    Swoon-worthy stuff here. I love the “tent” silhouette and all the scrumptious colors, being a sucker for these shades of pink and green. The third from bottom short green outfit is making my heart go pitty pat.

  • SorayaS

    Hmm so much pink and mint green would not normally get compliments from me but I actually prefer the pastels to the black pieces. I love the touch of animal print as well.

    • conniemd

      Never ever would I thought I would say I really liked the leopard print in the dresses. I liked the jackets and short dresses, the gowns not so much. The only thing that really bothered me were the big tent like tops. Way too much volume.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    So pretty. That’s all I have to say. So pretty.

  • andi56

    Some of these short cocktail/day dresses are truly gorgeous, and the full-length ones would make for some beautiful sights on the red carpet this coming year. Very elegant; me likey.

    • Toby Wollin

      When was the last time that ‘evening costumes’ were seen (that is, a dress and coat ensemble)? 1966? 1968? Definitely once we got into the 70s, that was over and frankly, it’s missed because so many times, it’s too chilly for just the dress and what do you wear over it? A fancy cardigan? A raincoat? This is great stuff.

      • andi56

        Exactly! Toby, I went back and read some of your comments, and you have both the eye and the sense of history, which is often lacking here. Brava! Like me, you must have a ton of old design and fashion books (the nice ones, from the Met costume exhibits).

  • Joan Golann

    Ya know I have been noticing really ODD silhouettes with lots of frippery and if any of these came do the Project Runway runway, they would say “who wants all that volume in the middle, butt, thighs etc? Seriously?

  • Trisha26

    Love almost every one of the shorter looks. The second gown from the top is gorgeous, as is the short version of that one. Not crazy about all the volume on some of the other gowns & coats.

  • quiltrx

    LOVE the color palette! Lots of pretty, feminine-with-an-edge stuff here.
    Now I just need to find some reason that I need a long black skirt covered with purple orchids…and a Barbie-esque dress covered with dimensional roses. 🙂

  • I love the idea of florals and animal print (“Flora and Fauna”, I imagine the editorials would read) but something about the purple floral with the leopard goes full-on Lisa Frank to me. But I love most of it.

  • Alloy Jane

    In my best Quinn Morgendorffer voice, “TOO CUTE!” I really truly and desperately want that third dress. There are some other cute dresses, but most of it looks like it was created with a toddler in mind.

  • jmorino08

    Calling all Baby Stars! Kiernan, Dakota, Elle, Chloe… these are for you!

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  • pajmahal

    Actually, we probably won’t see Kate in Issa again. I’d be surprised, anyway. Camilla Al-Fayed (of THOSE Al-Fayeds) acquired a controlling interest in the company. Her father, Mohamed Al-Fayed, publicly accused the royal family of plotting to murder Diana and his son, so…nope, no more Issa from Kate, I’m guessing.

  • DuBey2

    Wow. Imagine that: Spring colors. For a Spring Collection.
    Beautiful fabrics, and I especially love the opera coats (or at least that’s what I think they’re called)

  • lesmaha