Review of Temperley London’s S/S 2014 Collection

The Temperley London S/S 2014 Collection is the essence of femininity, decadence and elegance. Her collection has an ethereal, angelic vibe with white silk and tulle dresses overflowing on the catwalk. Though many of her pieces are of lighter hues like mint, pearl, lilac, taupe and coral, she mixes the collection with bold colours. Neon pink, magenta, and black give an edge to the traditional pastel-coloured pieces for spring.

As always, Temperley London places heavy emphasis on the feminine silhouette. A-line dresses, high-waisted skirts, evening-length dresses, long capes, and sheath dresses monopolise the collection. Her collection references looks from the Middle Ages when royal and wealthy women would wear oversized, extravagant capes of silk with clasps of semiprecious stone. The pearl, silk cape with wide elbow-length sleeves over a full-skirted, shear off-white dress is a modern version of a princess from the times of King Arthur and his knights.

While some of the Temperley London pieces are tailored and fitted like the leopard and floral print magenta dress with a belted waist, other pieces are more voluminous. Take for example, a silk, sheer black dress embroidered with tiny black flowers that is enlarged by a huge black tulle cape. Additionally, a roomy peplum top paired with a wide, spacious floor-length skirt is seen more than once.

While flowers seem to be a strong, suitable motif for the spring, the collection has a wilder side to it. Leopard print merges with the floral patterns on most of the dresses to create a fierce and bold look. Along with the Georgia O’ Keeffe-like flowers and cheetah print, eyelets, chain mail, gems, diamonds, and lace embellish the outfits. The materials used in the collection are of the finest. The collection seems to be entirely comprised of silk, taffeta, tulle, and chiffon.

My personal favourite is a long-sleeved diaphanous chiffon dress with intricate floral embroidery along the sleeves and bust. This dress reminds me of a Pre-Raphaelite muse and Millais’ lovely Ophelia painting. The finishing touch of a white belt with two little pink flowers gives the dress a more fitted look that contrasts with its loose, airy feel.

Temperley London’s collection is feminine with its floral patterns, its pastel colours and its A-line dresses. But, her collection isn’t necessarily as traditional as one may assume with all the flowers and soft hues. The collection’s femininity is given a modern twist with wild animal prints, transparent tops, voluminous peplums, and spacious skirts. Temperley London’s S/S 2014 Collection adds just the right amount of modern touch to these beautiful, traditional feminine pieces that are designed for a queen. I can’t wait to see which dress Kate Middleton will choose.

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