Brit designer Alice Temperley’s newest collection, entitled Ophelia, plays straight to the heart of the wistful romantic. It is a luscious mix of bohemian silhouettes, Art Deco beading and soft, sensual fabrics. While Temperley is much loved for her embrace of the haute hippie, this season takes on a new refinement that surely plucks inspiration from past silver screen icons.
Liz Taylor’s Cleopatra lives on in Temperley’s Goddess Dress with its over-the-top gilded metal and beaded collar. The clean jersey silhouette keeps this gown utterly modern and surprisingly wearable. And while the Goddess might take a more dramatic persona to carry it off, there are plenty of quiet statement-making dresses here. The Jean gown is the height of 1920’s chic and looks like it was taken right off the back of famed actress Jean Harlow. Crystal-edged geometric cutouts and silky, flowing fabric combine the spirit of an era past with the easy glamour of today’s present.
Would Louise Brooks have worn the Kelly Dress & Coat? We think so. Brooks loved the slinky, beaded, and very often low-cut looks of the roaring twenties. A bona fide glamour-puss, she would have rocked the plunging, jeweled bareness of this gown while modestly draping her arms in the Poiret-inspired matching caftan-style coat.
The collection is filled with gorgeous floral laces, long, slinky sleeves and unique embroideries on sheer, featherweight fabrics. This season might be called Ophelia, but it remains pure Temperley.