Neither Middleton sisters were sitting front row at Alice Temperley this season–but their presence was certainly felt on the runway. The brand’s fall 2013 collection was full of ladylike coats, jackets and frocks befitting the Duchess and her party-planning sister.
According to the show notes, Temperley was inspired by Hitchcock’s muse, Tippi Hedren. The early sixties style icon’s influence could be seen in the fit-and-flare silhouette, swing coats, turtlenecks, and leather gloves.
The show notes concluded: “[Temperley's woman] today is an alpha female with a darker side but still luxuriously chic and ultra feminine, whose wish is to live life to the fullest.”
The collection certainly wasn’t dark–but it had a hint of an edge that is new for the Temperley brand, and one that we could see the younger Middleton sister embracing. The eveningwear went back to Temperley’s roots with signature beaded floor-sweeping frocks, but it was the daywear that, for me, was most successful. The slightly flared skirts, paired with either a turtleneck or matching sweater, were two of my favorite looks.