Alice Temperley

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Alice Temperley
Alice Temperley in Studio Portrait.jpg
Alice Temperley
Born (1975-07-22) 22 July 1975 (age 40)
Somerset, England
Nationality British
Education Strode College, Central Saint Martins, Royal College of Art
Occupation Fashion designer
Labels Temperley London

Alice Temperley MBE (born 22 July 1975) is a British fashion designer based in London. Her fashion label, Temperley London was launched in 2000.[1]

In 2006, The Guardian noted that she had been described by American Vogue as the designer making the biggest waves in British fashion.[1] More recently, she has been described as the "English Ralph Lauren".[2]

Career[edit]

Alice Temperley grew up in Somerset, on her parents' cider farm and graduated from the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins. She established Temperley London, together with her then boyfriend Lars von Bennigsen in 2000.[1] The brand has become known for its focus on luxurious fabrics and hand-finishes[3]

Temperley hosted her first fashion show in Notting Hill, London in 2003. In 2005, she moved her fashion shows to New York where she showed until 2011 (with the exception of the Spring Summer 2009 show in London).[4] The brand's tenth anniversary show was held at the British Museum.[5]

For four consecutive seasons, from 2009 to 2011, Temperley presented her collections via multimedia installations rather than traditional catwalk shows.[6][7][8]

Company[edit]

The company is privately owned and run by Alice Temperley.[4] In 2006 it was widely rumoured that Gucci Group was interested in buying a stake in the company.[9]

In 2012, it was reported that Temperley London producing 10 collections across three lines, including cruise and pre fall collections.[10] A fourth line, Somerset by Alice Temperley was introduced as a high-street collaboration in 2012.[11]

Brands and retail activity[edit]

Temperley Bridal launched in 2007. In spring of 2010 Temperley London launched ‘ALICE by Temperley', a diffusion line targeting a younger demographic and containing more affordable and casual pieces. The range was carried by major department, including Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and Harrods in London, Neiman Marcus in New York, Isetan in Japan and Net-A-Porter online.[12] This line has been closed, under CEO Ulrik Garde Due (who joined in 2013), in order to focus on: "one brand and one message".[2]

Temperley has five stand-alone boutiques, with a flagship on Mayfair's Bruton Street and an occasion-wear boutique in Notting Hill. Further stand-alone stores are located in Los Angeles, Dubai and Doha. Additionally, Temperley London is sold in 300 stores in 37 countries.[13]

Somerset by Alice Temperley, the designer's first high street collaboration, launched with British retailer John Lewis in September 2012. The line is the fastest selling fashion collection in the department store's history.[11]

Recognition[edit]

Temperley has received several awards, including English Print Designer of the Year in 1999 at Indigo, Paris and Elle magazine's Best Young Designer of the Year Award in 2004.[14][15] She was named one of Britain's top 35 female business leaders in 2006 and Designer of The Year at the Hollywood Style Awards in 2011.[3][16]

Temperley was appointed an MBE in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to the fashion industry.[17][2]

Wearers of Temperley designs have included The Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton. Pippa Middleton wore a floor-length green Temperley gown for the evening reception at her sister's wedding.[2][18] Her dresses have also been worn by Penelope Cruz, Thandie Newton and Portia Freeman.[19] Other fans of the brand include Eva Mendes, Halle Berry and Sarah Michelle Gellar.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Temperley is the granddaughter of the mathematical physicist Neville Temperley. She met her husband, Lars von Bennigsen in 1998, while working as a waitress.[21] They married in 2002 in a 1920s-style wedding covered by the British edition of Vogue.[1]

In September 2008, five days after the Temperley London SS09 fashion show, Temperley gave birth to her first child, a son named Fox London Temperley von Bennigsen Mackiewicz.[22] She and her husband separated in 2012.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Guardian -Alice's Wonderland
  2. ^ a b c d e Dehn, Georgia (22 February 2015). "Alice Temperley interview: ‘I'm a hopeless romantic'". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Telegraph -Chairwomen Of The Future
  4. ^ a b Telegraph -Alice Temperley Coming Home In Style
  5. ^ Mistry, Meemal. "Temperley London". style.com. Style.com. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Elle Online – Temperley Returns to The London Catwalk"
  7. ^ "Harpers Bazaar Online – Temperley London Goes Interactive"
  8. ^ "The Times -New York Fashion Week to Host Catwalk Show Without the Catwalk"
  9. ^ Vogue Online – Is Gucci up for Temperley
  10. ^ Reeves, Rosie (4 February 2013). "In conversation with Alice Temperley". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Sowray, Bibby (6 September 2012). "Somerset by Alice Temperley is John Lewis’ fastest selling brand ever". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "Vogue Online – ALICE by Temperley Collection Launches"
  13. ^ Alexander, Ella (10 September 2012). "Alice Temperley Interview Exclusive". Vogue (British edition). Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  14. ^ Ozler, Levent. "Texprint first view". dexigner.com. Dexigner. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "Temperley London". Daily Telegraph. 13 September 2005. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  16. ^ "Vogue Online – Alice Temperley names Designer of the Year"
  17. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59647. p. 22. 31 December 2010.
  18. ^ Alexander, Ella (3 May 2011). "Maid of honour". Vogue. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  19. ^ "11 celebrities in stunning Alice Temperley dresses". Irish Examiner. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  20. ^ "Designer of the Moment: Temperley London". Popsugar. 21 January 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  21. ^ "Tatler List: Alice Temperley". tatler.com. Tatler. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 
  22. ^ Barnett, Leisa (22 September 2008). "A cub for Temperley". Vogue. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 

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