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Temperley London's "True British" presentation at Milk Studios Tuesday evening combined British icons, photography, charity and fashion into a low key, artistic soiree. Designer Alice Temperley and photographer Adam Whitehead re-interpreted a series of photos by the late Norman Parkinson using Brits like Annie Lennox, Sophie Dahland Yasmin Le Bon as models. These images were then painted on large canvases and embroidered and embellished with beading using the same techniques that appeared in the collection.
Entering guests strolled by mannequins attired in the new Temperley line standing beneath embellished paintings of the same designs. Some daywear veered towards edgy (albeit Temperley's glamorous and beautiful vision of edgy) using British design touchstones like bold stripes and mod Union Jack graphics. Other looks achieved similar results with studded leather. Eveningwear incorporated dramatic beading. The collection included a few of Temperley's striking signature knits, some which were adorned with chains.
Posing for photos were Leigh Lezark, Temperley-clad actress Shiri Appleby, and NYC Prep's Kelli Tomashoff. Alice Temperley herself was there. A friendly Anna-Louise, of the label's accessories division, explained that since showing a collection is so expensive, Temperley had decided to find a way to do some long term good with it. All the embellished paintings of her designs will be auctioned off after Fashion Week to raise money for Oxfam's program for educating girls in Mali.
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