Comments 18 FEBRUARY 2013

Duchess designer Alice Temperley wows with ladylike collection

Neither Kate nor Pippa Middleton were sitting front row at the Temperley London show on Sunday, but their presence could certainly be felt in the collection that the British brand presented at London Fashion Week.

A lovely array of ladylike coats, slightly flared dresses and jackets perfectly in keeping with the Middleton sisters' classically elegant style was unveiled by Somerset-born designer Alice.

The new Temperley lady was inspired by Hitchock's muse Tippi Hedren, and the 60s style icon's influence came through in high-waisted full skirts paired with simple cashmere jumpers, swing coat, sheer blouses and bejewelled evening gowns.

 

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"It's from a bygone era," Alice said backstage, "but we all secretly want to look like that."

She continued: "I'm having fun playing with new bases and new builds. And there's more of an emphasis on layering this season and developing different fabrics."

A monochrome colour palette – something that has become standard on the catwalks this season – was combined with retro shades of emerald green and blue, punctuated by glamorous gold brocade.

To finish the show, a parade of floor-sweeping, embroidered red carpet dresses made their way down the runway, with stars Olivia Palermo and Alice Eve looking on from the front row.

 



Both Kate and Pippa have been snapped sporting Alice Temperley's creations, most notably Kate's black lace, floor-sweeping gown that she wore to the War Horse premiere.

And Pippa even turned up to one of her shows last year, sporting a cream and black minidress as she sat front row with Rosario Dawson and Pixie Geldof.

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