runwayThe London-based designer Alice Temperley's collection was inspired by Russian royalty and as such, heavy in luxury worthy of a princess.
The floaty, ethereal silk-chiffons that are Temperley's trademark were replaced by that other area the designer does so well: impeccably tailored dresses, skirts and jackets. A sumptuous silk black dress lined with oyster swirled seductively about the model's feet as she walked; elsewhere, stiff bronze or black brocade formed structural skirts that stood out to attention from the models' hips. This wouldn't be Temperley without plenty of embellishment of course, and here we were not let down. Those chiffon dresses that we did see were dripping with jewels of all colours and shimmered with crystals, finished off with panels that were seemingly liquid gold, but in reality were made up of thousands of beads. Lace panels finished off simple silks.
The whole lavish lot was topped off by a plethora of furry Russian hats.