LONDON–That no fashion show had ever been mounted at the British Museum now seems like an oversight, thanks to Alice Temperley’s theatrical production.
For her brand’s 10th anniversary, Temperley brought a collection about grown-up glamour to the London landmark’s soaring atrium.
The color palette was restricted to champagne, black, silver, and eventually, some Fire and Ice red (the Dorian Leigh version). A fan-skirted evening gown nodded at Victoriana and lingerie through an oversized, black-and-white lace print on champagne satin, with a pair of elbow-length leather gloves keeping it young.
Later, a silver column of a gown covered in crystal and dripping in fringe brought to mind Water for Elephants’ Marlena—could it be a possible red carpet option for Reese Witherspoon?
In a grace note, instead of heading backstage after they crossed the marble floor, models went to pose on one side of the sweeping grand staircase. The effect of the group’s choreographed descent was glittering, impressive, and very, very celebratory. Welcome home, Alice.
**Photos by Imaxtree.