Temperley of London - get the latest fashion look
From the catwalk to the High Street - the latest fashions
As always and as happens every year, the most popular fashion writers everywhere are carefully distilling the clothes they see on the Paris catwalk into those we'll soon be seeing in our local stores and boutiques. And few design houses come under more scrutiny that Temperley of London.
The reason for this is simple, Alice Temperley is one of the favorite designers of many celebrities but most notably the lovely Duchess of Cambridge and her sister, Pippa Middleton.
Both Catherine and her sister Pippa are today's fashion icons - so what are we likely to see them wearing?Alice Temperley's current collection is entitled A Return to Elegance which sounds - and looks - perfect for the Middleton sisters and the other celebrities and fashion leaders that Temperley of London dresses with such style and panache.
Studying the collection, the dominant colors are black, scarlet, gray and white, with some of the softer dresses being in a pale Wedgewood blue. The collection was inspired by the look of the late 1950s and the elegance of women such as Grace Kelly and Sophia Loren but given an up-to-date twist to suit their present fashionable - and royal - clients.
There is also a brief nod to the early nineteen sixties, with horizontal stripes and a vaguely Quant look..
With this in mind fashion editor Caroline and I have selected some color block dresses for everyday wear which are easy to buy online and reflect the haute couture look, but at prices that are within our reach. This is very different to the casual color block magenta-and-citrus look that was so popular in the last couple of years - this is, as Temperley says, a return to elegance.
This is a very stylish and sophisticated look that is equally at home in the boardroom as it is at a party. This gorgeous dress is to wear for work - imagine this with a tailored black jacket and black briefcase - and can be dressed up with accessories to make it an evening outfit too. It's so adaptable.
This is an equally stunning look that is also very adaptable. This almost gives the effect of being two pieces - a layered look - and is ideal for hiding tummy bulges or a less-that-perfect waist. Again, you can dress this up or down and you'll find it useful for so many occasions. Sophisticated and stylish.
This is super-stylish and once again, it is perfect if you don't have a tiny waist. Because the skirt has a gentle flare, it creates the look of a much smaller waist. Both Caroline and I love the sophisticated look of the black and white combination. It's very figure-friendly.
Peplums, those little skirts emanating from the waistline, are a great way to add curves and give an elegant, feminine silhouette. In stylish two tone blue, this dress is useful for so many occasions and can be accessorized with wonderful colors to give it a different look every time you wear it.
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- Sheer, light fabrics mixed with solid colors
- Horizontal stripes - so slimming
- Solid colors
- Elegant and streamlined sihouettes
- Also 1950s silhouettes with flared skirts
- Retro style sunglasses
- Elegant feminine shoes
- Wide leg pants
- Classic shoes
- Cinch-waisted dresses
We love these looks which are so very stylish and fashionable but they are so incredibly timeless too. These designs will never date.
Study the most stylish women in history - as Caroline and I did when we were art art college together - and you'll see that the most well-dressed women never slavishly followed fashion, but chose timeless classics.
Dresses with flared skirts
Flared skirts give a wonderful feminine look and they are also very comfortable to wear. Women with what we used to call 'child-bearing hips' love these styles because larger hips can be hidden away and the waist is accentuated. They were first popular in the 1950s and never went out of style for some people because of the flattering and feminine outline they create. The one you see here is a lovely example. It has the 50s lines but is thoroughly up to date.
Modern jewelry can be a lot of fun but it can soon look dated once the fashion has passed by. To achieve today's elegant look, choose sophisticated jewelry that will never date or go out of style.
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All photographs from Amazon.