Thursday, October 1, 2009


Milk Studios, West 15th Street, NYC

Words, Images Judith Ecochard

We were dazzled by the richness and intricate tailoring details of Alice Temperley’s S/S 2010 collection that was presented during New York’s Fashion Week in September.

This presentation was inspired by the showy elements of an old-fashioned 1920’s-30’s circus (trapeze and tattoo artists, clowns, showgirls) …complete with a big striped carousel zoetrope anchoring the spacious room and strings of light bulbs sculpting the white walls against which the mannequins were posed.

--- Temperley glamorously incorporated the “Harlequin Print” (in a blousy pantaloons outfit), bold black and white stripes, and angular Egyptian elements (that we saw in Fall Winter 2009)---- into her best collection yet.

And yes, this was staged with all the drama of eveningwear…but we feel the attire is very wearable all the time.

Tailored fabrics-jacquards, crepes, and stretch silk cottons make up fab dresses that had sophisticated draping … and corset and lace details.

Warm colors like lemon yellow, cornflower blue, and raspberry worked with the largely neutral palette.

Striking metal hardware, on the shoes, bags, oversized belts, and elaborately crafted necklaces…are terrific.

Jackets-with metal studs on the shoulder, a black silk tunic with gold metal surrounding the neckline, patchwork silk tops, are strong pieces---as are the cocktail finery in general.

Step Right Up…this feminine label has us tempted with a show topper of a collection.


WE MISSED IT: Apparently, the spinning zoetrope featured 10 short films wrapped around it…available for viewing online.