Thursday, 30 November 2006

New York shows- Alice Temperly

From the first look that stepped out on Alice Temperley’s catwalk, you could tell that the girl from Somerset meant business. A sharply tailored cream mac, with a large belt at the waist and dark shades, it was the calling card for a cool new Temperley aesthetic: as elegant and as easy-to-wear as ever, but with a slicker city edge. The queen of Haute Bohemia has carved out a niche market for herself as a dress designer, with her intricately beaded, casually cool gowns in the most delicious colours frequently adorning the backs of her A-list friends - Laura Bailey, Erin O’ Connor and Charlotte Tilbury amongst them. At this summer’s Serpentine party, an event sponsored by Yves Saint Laurent, the Temperley dress count clocked in at 27. But with her new collection, Temperley is proving that there is more to her than just dresses.

I've collected all the key pieces from the show. Have a look for these things now to get ahead of the fashion pack for next season

1. Coffee, latte, mocha, caramel: whatever, these are the shades of the season
2. City slickness
3. Oversized shades
4. Jaunty straw hats
5. Dungarees. Very sexy Annie Hall
6. Braces. See above
7. Soft tailoring
8. Graphic prints and contrasting colours
9. Flat shoes
10. Throw-on-at-the-beach summer dresses