When we see designer Alice Temperley’s designs we think feminine, trend-setting, and ever so romantic. Her dresses range from short and flirty, to elegant and classic, and are made for the woman wanting to make a statement on her wedding day. With designs worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormar, and actress Penelope Cruz (to name a few)- you can see why this designer is hot red carpet favourite.
We recently had the chance to interview amazing bridal dress designer Alice Temperley about her latest collection, inspirations, trends and much more!
What inspired you to design wedding dresses?
Temperley Bridal first started after I decided to design and make my own wedding dress back in 2002. My friends then started to ask me to make theirs and gradually it grew to us having two bridal collections a year – it was a very organic process.
I love designing bridal as I get to create magical, fantasy dresses for that very special day in a woman’s life and I am honoured to be a part of that.
How would you describe the Temperley bride of 2016?
Eclectic yet classic, with a playful bohemian twist.
How do you go about designing a wedding dress?
Designing bridal is different from designing our mainline collection especially when the dress is bespoke because you are working with not only your ideas but the ideas of the bride. I start by sketching and then have a consultation with the bride.
When designing a collection it is always important to offer a variety of options – we have romantic, timeless dresses alongside more glamourous, statement or bohemian options.
What is the inspiration behind your last collection?
The Seraphina collection is inspired by 1950’s eveningwear and the old Hollywood glamour of the 1930’s. The 10 styles sit within the electic bridal personalities – classic, glamourous, bohemian and statement.
Each dress is created from the most delicate of fabrics; from fine silk chiffons, soft tulles and silk organzas. Opulent embroidery techniques including chiffon flowers, 3D floral petals, detailed lattice beading and Swarovski crystals adorn the silhouettes to create an intoxicating sense of romance.
What are next season’s bridal trends?
Next season’s bridal trends will see a rise in popularity for separates and shorter cocktail dresses – there is definitely an increasing demand for contemporary designs as people are no longer getting married in the conventional way.
Who would you like to make a wedding dress for?
I would love to make a dress for Marion Cotillard or Eva Green.
Do you have a favourite cut or shape?
I tend to design with the waist in mind – I find it the most sensual part of a woman’s body.
Grace Kelly’s wedding dress designed by Helen Rose will always be one of my favourite dresses– it still inspires so many women to this day.
What advice would you give a bride-to-be?
Trust your own instinct and always look like yourself on the day; choose a dress that reflects your personal style. A bride must never feel overwhelmed by her dress; instead it should allow them to be the ultimate version of themselves. It should also be comfortable enough for her to wear all day and night, so she can party the evening away!
Images courtesy of Alice Temperley