Temperley London’s Fall/Winter 2014 program notes employed a comforting and vague maxim, advocating: “It’s the start of a new and exciting era; the attitude for Winter 2014 is much savvier and sexier.”
The British luxury label is heading into its 14th year of business with its namesake creative director Alice Temperely securely at the helm of the brand. However, just this past September, the label appointed Ulrik Garde Due as its CEO, taking over from the company’s co-founder and longstanding CEO Lars Von Bennigsen. Could Garde Due’s appointment be the “new era” the label is getting at? Either way, as the company’s infrastructure continues to evolve so too do its designs. On the runway, luxurious layers, rich tailoring, and shortened hem lengths gave the Fall 2014 collection a grown-up feel. What’s more, mosaic prints and embroidery inspired by Chasuble garments and the ornate detail of Spanish cathedrals and Byzantine architecture combined with modern silhouettes gave the collection both depth and wearability. Temperley’s outerwear was breathtaking, whether it was the ochre- and rose-peppered boxy shell jacket in Look 12 or the luxurious floor-length overcoat in Look 23. If this season’s romantic and opulent folk-law fantasy is indicative of what’s to come during the brand’s new dawn, then the future is sure to be filled with beautiful surprises that we’ll anxiously wait to uncover.
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