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London Fashion Week: Temperley London celebrates a decade of decadence

February 21, 2011 |  6:02 pm


Alice Temperley, a favorite with Kate Middleton whose name is being bandied about as a possible wedding designer for the princess-to-be, celebrated a decade in fashion with a show in the grand atrium of the British Museum.

She stuck to her signatures -- sumptuously embroidered 1920s and '30s Art Deco-inspired evening wear, but with a celebratory Venetian twist.

The best dress was a drop-waist, silver-embroidered confection with a tassel fringe skirt. Fans were a recurring motif, used in a digital print on a peach and black short twill skirt worn with a lacy, laser cut cropped black leather jacket, and on a sweeping, floor-length, champagne-colored silk evening skirt.


There was also gorgeous fan-pleating on a dramatic, one-shouldered red gown. (Seems like every designer this season has had a lady in red.) As a counterpoint, a delicate white chiffon gown was dotted with three-dimensional black flowers.

Rounding things out were several daytime options, including feminine sweaters, such as a gray cardigan with sculpted rosette sleeves, belted over black leather leggings.

-- Booth Moore in London

Temperley London fall-winter 2011 runway collection photo gallery

Photos: Looks from the Temperley London fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during London Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times