Temperley London absolutely wowed the audience in attendance at its Spring/Summer 2016 show at London Fashion Week with a jaw-dropping lineup of decadent and lavishly embroidered dresses. Alice Temperley was particularly inspired by Havana this season — a colorful city that has been practically untouched by time until a travel restriction to Cuba was lifted recently. Since the country has been cordoned off for so long, there was plenty of mystery to unpack, and Temperley knew just where to begin: with the traditional rumba dress. Although origin stories help bring a narrative to a designer’s collection, this one was nearly incidental. All anyone could focus on was the amazing embroidery in the collection, which made it one of the most beautiful shows of London Fashion Week.
In essence, the rumba dress made an ideal backdrop for Temperley’s time-intensive embroidery treatments — it fits in a loose, comfortable way that makes it ideal for everyday wear or even for high-octane activities like dancing the night away on a romantic Havana terrace. The designer showed multiple versions with several types of neckline from halter to off-shoulder. There were also similar looks that came out as separates, and dresses that were treated to eyelet cut-outs, crocheted paneling, and ruffled bodices. The couture-level of detail was the collection’s biggest selling point, assuring that the simplest cut of a dress could be transformed into the dreamiest statement piece imaginable. In fact, we predict that the cool Cuban-inspired clothes on Temperley London’s runway will launch a thousand imitations around the fashion world. Who wouldn’t want to slip into something so comfortable in fit and so impressive in appearance?
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