Dress code: Alice Temperley, designer - Features - Fashion - The Independent

Dress code: Alice Temperley, designer


What are you wearing right now?


Leopard print harem pants with a black studded belt and a scoop neck T-shirt. Also some Charlotte Olympia Sandals from my S/S09 collection.

Who’s your style icon?

I don’t have a specific one – I pick a different muse each season and always think of the women that I know, who are strong and independent, creative and eclectic, sensual and unique with an individual sense of style.

What can’t you live without?

Crisp white shirts, belts and waistcoats, a black jacket and lace-up flats.

Describe the best outfit you have ever worn.

A leather catsuit and blonde wig for our Temperley ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ autumn collection party – I think that outfit may have helped me to understand my teenage son in a way I never had done before…

What’s in your wardrobe?

Ten years of hard work! I have new Temperley pieces delivered four times a year and, to make space, things that I have already worn join the 2000 plus items of Temperley in the archive in my warehouse. I also have a few favourites from Lanvin, Alaïa, Westwood and Ossie Clark that I always wear.

What’s in your make-up bag?

Black eye liner and mascara by Charlotte Tilbury, Chanel lipstick in Rouge Allure and Clinique’s sheer City Block.

If you could live in any decade, style-wise which would it be?

The Twenties, and preferably I’d be very, very well off – they made such beautiful, elegant pieces and had ditched the corset and hoops by then.

How often do you look in the mirror?

Not so much – I hate being told or realising that I am middle aged. Where did the time go? I still feel like a little girl and don’t ever want to grow up!

Any fashion confessions you want to share with us?

I have too many clothes and am thinking of having a massive sale and starting all over again. And because I’m sick of trying to find the perfect shoes, whether heels, boots or flats, we’re launching our own range soon!

What’s your secret style tip?

Look effortless and comfortable and don’t try too hard. Enjoy what you wear and have fun with it – it is the only way to be.

The Temperley London pop-up boutique opens at London’s Sanderson Hotel this week for one month.

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