LONDON — Alice Temperley’s Alice by Temperley diffusion line is growing into a full collection for fall 2013, with the expansion of categories including eveningwear, outerwear and leather tailoring.
Over the last year, sales of the label, which was launched in 2009, have grown 30 percent and a spokesperson for the brand said that sales for fall 2013 are already expected to beat that figure.
The early Twentieth Century socialite, muse and patroness Marchesa Luisa Casati inspired the latest collection, which WWD previewed at the Temperley London headquarters in Mayfair. There was an emphasis on full-length evening gowns in lace, mesh and spot tulle in a palette of scarlet, cream, black and Wedgewood blue. A lace print on silk satin and a wallpaper print added interest in more gowns and jumpsuits, while staple knitwear was chunky and big. Leather, one of the line’s signatures, came in a tightly tailored jacket with a peplum hem, as well as a butter soft black leather minidress with suede panels.
The collection is selling now to wholesalers and will hit stores in July, with prices from 55 pounds (about $87 at current exchange) for a scarf to 600 pounds ($944) for a signature leather piece. And while it won’t be shown on the catwalk in London next week, the brand is considering an on-schedule presentation next season and a catwalk show for the one after that.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)