Temperley London Fall 2021

Temperley London’s upbeat offering was full of 1970s nostalgia with double denim, all-weather leather and star-studded glam.

All image and video credit: Temperley London


A catchy 70s riff set the tone for an imaginative kaleidoscope of retro inspired pieces that capture the spirit of a time where freedom was perhaps at an all-time high.

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The swishy Mambo dress with its billowing sleeves, oversized snakeskin pattern and sequins

While many designers have incorporated loungewear into their collections during these stay-at-home months, this designer stood firm in her allegiance to both her signature silhouette and bohemian design ethos – albeit in ever so slightly a retro guise. In fairness, there was a tiny nod to loungewear in the easy-to-wear wrap dresses, cable-knitted twinset and jumpsuits, but these were anything but compromised in the glamour department. Pieces ranged from folksy to vampish, some with a distinct flavour of Woodstock but all with Temperley London’s trademark elegance and timeless allure.

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The uber glam Colette Print Jumpsuit

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Freda Knit Coat and Dress – a nod to chic lounging

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Sharp tailoring and detail in the Elsie Denim Jacket & Culottes with Mathilda Shoulder Bag

There was understated drama from the start: topstitched double denim belted culottes with flared bottoms and dress & coat twinsets in oversized animal prints rubbed shoulders with strong leather looks and as a complete contrast, flowing, feminine silhouettes in psychedelic florals and blushing apricots hues made their appearance.

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Rock chic in the belted Micky Long Coat and Mini Fox Bag

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Floaty dresses in oversized floral prints – Avril Print Tie Dress and Avril Print Strappy Dress

Sharply tailored double-breasted jackets and flair-bottomed trouser suits, leather jackets with 70s style ribbed waists and jumpsuits casually tucked into boots – all paired with easy-to-wear leather bags – sat comfortably side by side in a collection that is both formal in its tailoring and playful in its fabric choices.

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Sharpest of tailoring in the Clove Velvet Jacket, Waistcoat and Trousers

Models caressed microphones in their figure-hugging, wide lapelled jackets, berets and pointy black ankle boots, accessorized to the hilt with Jimmy Hendrix-style signet rings and bracelets. A fireworks-inspired rhinestone studded leather jacket paired with a button-front miniskirt and ankle boots – like much of the collection – paid tribute to musical 60s and 70s icons.

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Rebel Leather Jacket, Capella Knit Sleeved Jumper and Genevieve Mini Skirt

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Temperley London’s trademark pussybow necklines, A-line skirts, high-collared blouses and chic buttons were delightful accents in many of the pieces. Sleeves, in fact, were in many ways the undisputed stars of the show and were stunningly exaggerated, ranging from oversized leg of mutton, gathered at the shoulder and wrist, to fairytale-esque puff sleeves. Prints and shades reminiscent of the 70s in the Loie Print Coat and

The colour palette was quintessentially 70s inspired in a gradient of chocolate brown, orange, animal prints and metallics, with a definite nod to 60s psychedelia in the floaty floral dresses. Fabrics ranged from opulent velvet, satin, embroidered organza and plush leather to utterly wearable corduroy and cable knits. Temperley London’s trademark sequin embellishments, as in previous collections, turned many of the gowns into showstoppers.

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The metallic Pattie dress with its puff sleeves is a standout piece from the collection

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The vampish Bridget Sleeved Dress

All in all, this is a collection filled with upbeat swagger, positive and confident in its design ethos and at the same time accurately capturing the spirit of fashion-lovers all over the world who feel it’s time to get out there again and play!

All image and video credit: Temperley London

Cecile Paul

Author at Pynck

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