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Y&YW at LFW

Fashion Assistant Alice finds bridal-inspiration aplenty at the London shows.

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Alice Temperley

London Fashion Week A/W11 has wowed us so far with a cocoon of cosy tweeds (Paul Costelloe), slinky silk dresses (Maria Grachvogel), rainbow brights (Ashley Isham) and sheer, voluminous masterpieces (John Rocha). But it was Temperley London’s stunning presentation last night that has really stolen the show so far.

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Staged in the impressive British Museum, the fashion was breathtakingly beautiful. Graceful, willowy models waltzed around the space in a slew of polished, mouth-watering designs. There were 1920’s-inspired showgirl dresses embellished with a smattering of twinkling crystals, silky satin midi skirts worn with ruffled, Victoriana blouses, lace-print fishtail gowns and flowing maxi dresses embellished with a flurry of appliqué flowers, glittering stars and Temperley’s signature embroidered detailing.

Emphasis was on the lean, stratospheric silhouette, with each model tottering on staggeringly high Charlotte Olympia stilettos, but these pieces would look great on any shape. The waist was another focus – either nipped-in with a heavy leather belt, or adorned with a silky ribbon and corsage.

In a palette of silver, ivory, nude, black and a punch of bold raspberry, it was a timeless show that was both staggeringly modern and whimsically vintage. And as the spellbound cheers and rapturous applause echoed around the great hall, we think we’ve found the perfect bridal winter wonderland looks for 2011/12. Wow.

Alice x

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