From the Wild West to Mexico City, British fashion designer Alice Temperley traveled through North America for fall 2023, a continuing a journey that began in spring 2023.
Female surrealist artists Frida Kahlo, Leonora Carrington, Kati Horna and Remedios Varo were on her mind as she designed the colorful collection that paid tribute to Latin America with its vivid embroidery, matador cuts and bright colors and prints.
The collection featured white flapper-style dresses with fringes and feathers; suede jackets with hand-braided napa leather; one-arm satin dresses with jeweled sleeves; tattoo-like dresses and velvet suits, which have become bestsellers.
“We couldn’t believe how popular they were, especially the purple one that Sandra Bullock wore. We did them in every color,” Temperley told WWD during a walk-through of the fall 2023 collection at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.
Temperley has been expanding the business into a lifestyle concept, taking her intricate prints and turning them into wallpaper with Romo Fabrics, a project that’s been in the works for two years.
She said that the changing rooms and fabrics within her store will all evolve in line with that collaboration. “The last thing I want is a sterile white store. It’s not like me, I want [customers] to walk in and feel like they’re into the world of Temperley,” she said, referring to the velvet and leopard print wallpapers covering the ICA rooms.