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.

News
Lois Pryce... Life Without a Postcode. Lois lives on a boat with her husband.. Registering to vote in the election has prooved to be very difficult without a fixed residential post code. (David Sandison)
newsHow living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Arts and Entertainment
Cassetteboy's latest video is called Emperor's New Clothes rap
videoThe political parody genius duo strike again with new video
Sport
Steven Fletcher scores the second goal for Scotland
cricketBut they have to bounce back to beat Gibraltar in Euro 2016 qualifier
News
news
Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookPart of The Independent’s new eBook series The Great Composers
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

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

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Fashion

    Recruitment Genius: Junior Web Designer - Client Liaison

    £6 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity to join a gro...

    Recruitment Genius: Service Delivery Manager

    Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Service Delivery Manager is required to join...

    Recruitment Genius: Massage Therapist / Sports Therapist

    £12000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A opportunity has arisen for a ...

    Ashdown Group: Practice Accountant - Bournemouth - £38,000

    £32000 - £38000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful accountancy practice in...

    Day In a Page

    Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

    Promises, promises

    But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
    The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

    The death of a Gaza fisherman

    He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
    Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

    Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

    Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
    Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

    The only direction Zayn could go

    We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
    Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

    Spells like teen spirit

    A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
    Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

    If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

    British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
    Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

    Licence to offend in the land of the free

    Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
    From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

    From farm to fork in Cornwall

    One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
    Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

    Robert Parker interview

    The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
    Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

    Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

    We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
    How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

    How to make your own Easter egg

    Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
    Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

    Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

    Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
    Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

    Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

    The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
    Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

    Cricket World Cup 2015

    Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
    The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

    Michael Calvin's Last Word

    Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing