Bedtime stories: Alice Temperley's lingerie line

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

Alice Temperley’s debut ‘Somerset’ line broke records. Will her first lingerie range be another dream come true? By Rebecca Gonsalves

When John Lewis  announced last year that it would be joining forces with Duchess of Cambridge-favourite Alice Temperley on a lower-priced line, middle England was jubilant. And as Home Counties ladies with nice hair and manners are the core John Lewis customer, it’s perhaps no surprise that the Somerset collection from Temperley broke sales records on the day it launched last September.

Buoyed by such success, this season the partnership has yielded lingerie and nightwear for the first time – the latter a debut for the designer – which, as the country begins to batten down the hatches for some seasonal hibernation, couldn’t be better timed.

Launching in selected John Lewis stores and online tomorrow, the range consists of 23 pieces inspired by Japanese prints, Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic le smoking tuxedo suit and Marlene Dietrich’s infamous drag turn in the 1930 film Morocco. “The collection epitomises Alice’s vintage, eclectic style, combined with her knowledge of what makes women feel special.”

The retro influences can be seen in the masculine silk pyjama sets in berry and black offset with contrast ivory piping and delicate vintage-inspired, lace-trimmed chemises. A kimono- style robe and the Temperley-designed “night floral” print are signs of Eastern influence on the designer.

“Lingerie is my next love after clothing,” says Temperley. “I think it is what is worn underneath that really inspires a woman to feel beautiful in her clothes – that inner secret glamour. We know that the Somerset woman values beautiful fabric and detail, so I was really happy with the print and lace we have brought into the designs, all in a luxurious silk for an amazing price.”

As well as silken separates, the range offers pieces that – though practical for the chill that the new season will inevitably bring – provide cosy comfort with a touch of luxury. Lounging around in a floor-length cashmere robe is an enticingly decadent prospect.

The lingerie continues the largely monochrome theme of the collection, one of Temperley’s signatures, as well as the retro styling – balconette bras and classic full knickers are available in floral print, cream vintage lace and ivory silk as well as a claret style that carries through the boozy and berry hues of autumn. But what may disappoint the legions with credit cards in hand ready to pounce when the range goes on sale tomorrow is the limited range of bra sizes. Not what you would expect from one of the high street’s biggest people pleasers.

Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookA delicious collection of 50 meaty main courses
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Fashion

    Recruitment Genius: Project Assistant

    £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are a leading company in the field ...

    Recruitment Genius: DBA Developer - SQL Server

    £30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

    Recruitment Genius: Office Manager

    £26041 - £34876 per annum: Recruitment Genius: There has never been a more exc...

    Recruitment Genius: Travel Customer Service and Experience Manager

    £14000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The fastest growing travel comp...

    Day In a Page

    Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

    US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

    Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
    VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

    'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

    VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
    The male menopause and intimations of mortality

    Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

    So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
    Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

    Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

    Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
    HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

    The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

    Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
    Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

    'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

    Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
    Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

    The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

    Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen
    RuPaul interview: The drag star on being inspired by Bowie, never fitting in, and saying the first thing that comes into your head

    RuPaul interview

    The drag star on being inspired by Bowie, never fitting in, and saying the first thing that comes into your head
    Secrets of comedy couples: What's it like when both you and your partner are stand-ups?

    Secrets of comedy couples

    What's it like when both you and your partner are stand-ups?
    Satya Nadella: As Windows 10 is launched can he return Microsoft to its former glory?

    Satya Nadella: The man to clean up for Windows?

    While Microsoft's founders spend their billions, the once-invincible tech company's new boss is trying to save it
    The best swimwear for men: From trunks to shorts, make a splash this summer

    The best swimwear for men

    From trunks to shorts, make a splash this summer
    Mark Hix recipes: Our chef tries his hand at a spot of summer foraging

    Mark Hix goes summer foraging

     A dinner party doesn't have to mean a trip to the supermarket
    Ashes 2015: With an audacious flourish, home hero Ian Bell ends all debate

    With an audacious flourish, the home hero ends all debate

    Ian Bell advances to Trent Bridge next week almost as undroppable as Alastair Cook and Joe Root, a cornerstone of England's new thinking, says Kevin Garside
    Aaron Ramsey interview: Wales midfielder determined to be centre of attention for Arsenal this season

    Aaron Ramsey interview

    Wales midfielder determined to be centre of attention for Arsenal this season
    Community Shield: Arsene Wenger needs to strike first blow in rivalry with Jose Mourinho

    Community Shield gives Wenger chance to strike first blow in rivalry with Mourinho

    As long as the Arsenal manager's run of games without a win over his Chelsea counterpart continues it will continue to dominate the narrative around the two men