SHOP TACTICS WITH ALICE TEMPERLEY

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Photo: Elodie Nizon / Foxall Studio

British fashion designer Alice Temperley launched her eponymous womenswear brand in 2000, a year after graduating from the prestigious Royal College of Art. She quickly became the darling of London Fashion Week and the go-to designer for show-stopping dresses with a modern, boho twist.

Two years later, Alice launched Temperley Bridal, comprising bespoke and ready-to-wear gowns. “The silhouettes are inspired by a bygone era and offer the ultimate blend of fantasy and romance,” says Alice. Then, as now, she pioneers British artisan techniques and intricate, hand-finished embellishments and embroidery.

In 2012, Alice opened a six-storey boutique on Bruton Street. “Opening the flagship store in Mayfair was a real milestone for the brand,” she says in hindsight. “Setting up a business was not easy but being young, strong and driven worked to my advantage. As a result, the brand has grown almost faster than the collections.”  Today, the designer is back showing in London. Her Temperley London line, offers four collections a year with a comprehensive range of daywear, cocktail and eveningwear.

And when it comes to letting her hair down, nothing hits the spot quite like a negroni in a late-night music venue, or a seafood supper with family and friends at Scotts. Here, she reveals more of her favourite Mayfair addresses:

Black Dice Bar, 25 Heddon Street

This basement bar, tucked away in Mayfair, is the perfect place for dancing and cocktails. The interior is eclectic and the walls are crammed with vintage memorabilia including platinum records, electric guitars and rock star portraits. The best evening is catching the live music with a negroni in hand. Escapism at its finest!

Phillips, 30 Berkeley Square

Phillips gallery sits next to our Mayfair flagship store. It is such an impressive building from the outside and the gallery space is the perfect environment for showcasing the artworks. I love the photography and design-focused auctions  – these are always my favourite events.  I recently saw The Hepworth Wakefield exhibition, exploring the artist’s later years where she experimented with different mediums. So inspiring.

Scott’s, 20 Mount Street

I love Scott’s for its huge selection of fresh fish, seafood and caviar, plus the elegant oyster and champagne bar is always an excuse for me to keep going back. There is always a great atmosphere. Some of my fondest, fun-filled memories have been shared here, in the company of my closest friends and family.

The Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly

From the very beginning, my love for design, prints, and textures has been with me. Finding time to do the things I love isn’t always easy. I like to take time out when possible in order to gain inspiration and source ideas for my collections. The Royal Academy of Arts is full of masterpieces. For me, a real treat is going when it is quiet so that I can truly appreciate the art.

The Gallery at Sketch, 9 Conduit Street

Whether it is for afternoon tea or dinner, my senses are always awakened by the interior, which India Mahdavi created for the Gallery at Sketch. Classic, yet contemporary, it is sugar coated in a dusty pink, off set by an electrifying backdrop of David Shrigley’s 239 original drawings. The space is more than a place to eat and proves that art, design and food combined, really do play to the senses.

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