It’s been a big year for designer Alice Temperley. Between dressing the Middleton sisters, receiving recognition throughout Hollywood for her classic designs and authoring a book, she’s well on her way to becoming a household name. We chatted with Temperley about her own wardrobe, what it means to be an English designer and what feeds her creativity. Read on to gain some fashion insight from one of our favorite designers!
When you design your clothes, do you aspire to dress a particular type of woman? Is there anyone who truly emulates the type of woman who inspires you?
The Temperley woman cannot be pinned down to one person, age or personality; she varies vastly. She is independent, strong, sexy and pays attention to detail and appreciates investment pieces.
What is your favorite part about working in fashion?
To be able to work with beautiful things and express myself creatively. And the inspirational, eclectic people I have the chance to work with.
Do you have a favorite fashion memory or moment?
Cutting up my mothers lampshades to make dresses when I was three and often getting in trouble for breaking her sewing machine, and of course when I was awarded my MBE by her majesty the Queen this year.
What do you draw your inspiration from?
I take my inspiration from life, travel, interiors, vintage finds, film. Everything and anything can inspire
What are your favorite places to shop?
In have my haunts I always go to in different cities. When I am in New York I start with Bergdorf’s, especially the shoe department, and JJ hat centre. In London Dover street and Portobello are my must visit places. In LA I head to Neiman Marcus, The Way We Wore and Decades. In Paris, Chantelle Thomas is the best for underwear and I often pop next door to look at Collette’s gadgets and Porte de Clignancourt for market finds and interior bits. In Hong Kong my best shopping destinations are Lane Crawford and Joyce.
How was it dressing the Middleton sisters?
It is such an honor when someone wears your clothes, famous or not. Both Pippa and the Duchess of Cambridge are beautiful young women and it was very flattering.
What is your favorite item in your wardrobe?
95% of my wardrobe is Temperley, If not I would be doing something wrong! In terms of other designers, I have a Yves Saint Laurent animal print silk dress that I absolutely love. I also have a huge selection of white shirts.
Which season has your favorite fashion?
I love the warm chunky cashmere of winter and the free spirited fabrics of summer. Femininity is my favourite fashion and that should be in every season.
What made you decide to write the bookTrue British?
The book is the story of the last ten years, looking into the world of Temperley from the very beginning. It is very personal and informative story. Visually opulent, focusing on the details of our work. I wanted to gather all the information from over the years into one document to show how we had grown and took the 10 year anniversary as a time to reflect and plan for our next 10.
How has England’s history with fashion influenced your line?
I love our heritage and I love to look to the past for references. I think we have managed to capture that history and what it means to be truly British in our brand. I am not afraid to be English in mixing and matching things and being slightly eccentric at times.