Okay, I admit to being out of the loop sometimes. I honestly was not familiar with the Temperley line and had no idea what to expect as I went into their presentation. So, I was a little bit surprised when it appeared that at least partially the inspiration for the collection was from Lady Gaga’s song Poker Face: “And baby when it’s love if its not rough it isn’t fun”. Upon further inspection, I discovered that the actual inspiration for the line was Guinivere, knights and the era of King Arthur’s Court.
Mixing romanticism with elements inspired by armor, this is a collection of contrasts. A hooded tunic in a chain mail knit, foil-printed draped jerseys, embroidered tulle, leather, studded jackets, and ruffles all mesh together in a collection that play on femininity and its opposing tough side. Sexy and feminine silhouettes with harder edged metal and leather accents were shone in a color palette of white, blush, metallic golds, metallic grays, and metallic bronzes that were accented with intarsia knits and animal prints.
Underneath the bondage hardware used in some of the outfits for dramatic effect in presentation, this is a beautiful line with pieces that can be worn everyday and pieces for those special occasions as well.
photos: Mdivani Monroe