NY Fashion Week Fall ’08. Temperley’s Tempest

February 6, 2008 • New York Fashion Week Fall '08









Summary: When you start a show an hour late (and photographers start to heckle from the pit) you are expecting greatness. The program (which we had time to read in its entirety) described the collection we were about to see as weaves of an exotic web of mystery, intrigue and opulence inspired by the notorious seductress spy Mati Hari. Alice Temperley‘s description of the colors and textures made us more than excited for the show to finally begin, as it is usually one of our Fashion Week favorites. When we saw the first up-to-there thigh high leather boot come down the catwalk, we knew we had left Kansas. The move from pretty, flirty dresses to in-your-face sexy is sure to leave fans abandoned and was quite a risk. The show was very black and leather with punches of lace. There was only one signature Temperely intarsia sweater dress in the entire show in an effort to toss loyalists a bone. While there were a couple other pieces that were reminiscent of season’s past, like the military jacket with gold piping and a cream ruffled dress, it wasn’t enough, sadly. On the bright side, some of the Temperley handbags were covetable.

Spotted celebs:
Christy Turlington, Joy Bryant & Julia Styles

Color Palette: cream, clay, berry, red, rose, lime, emerald, plum, gold, black

Textures & Details: chiffon, silk, wool, knit, leather, stretch leather, angora, sheepskin, velvet, metallic jersey, patent leather, geometric strip, papillon print, hydrangia print, jewel establishments, sheer skirts worn with exposed lingerie, thigh high leather, suede and velvet boots that looked like leggings

Key Looks: hydrangia print spirit dress; red and cream striped long carousel dress; cream and black saturn shirt with a black long flore skirt and black cropped cora leather jacket with a leather bow back; jeweled black Biarritz gown   

Photos: Wireimage

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