If you have ever admired Kate Middleton’s style, chances are she was wearing a beautiful frock by British designer Alice Temperley of Temperley London. Middleton has long been a fan of the brand and wears the dresses beautifully.

Temperley has been in fashion for more than 15 years and was inspired to become a designer because of her love of craft, textiles, and the art of “putting things together.”

Her designs are the embodiment of femininity and often feature sequins, crystal embroidery, lace, ruffles, and other artful embellishments. But fear not, Temperley knows how to apply these elements judiciously so that things never veer off into a gaudy or over-the-top look. Her styles also conjure a sense of the past…a feeling of old Hollywood glamour from the ’30s and ’40s. There is something very Carole Lombard about Temperley London dresses.

And then there is the cut and shape. Temperley celebrates the female form, gently draping fabrics over all the right curves.

Although she is mostly known for her dresses (including bridal gowns, by the way), Temperley designs suits, knitware, blazers, kimonos and more.

A piece from her collection can run anywhere from $150 to $4,000 and up. These are not items to be worn once and discarded; they are timeless treasures to enjoy over a lifetime and pass on to future fashionistas.

If you ever are in need of a statement gown for a black tie event or wedding, or perhaps a quintessential little black dress, consider wearing something from Temperley London. You will definitely stand out from the crowd in the very best of ways.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces from her recent collections.

Embroidered Geometric Dress. 2,663.00. http://www.farfetch.com.

 

Temperley London embroidered geometric dress

Canopy Ruffle Dress. 1,196.00. http://www.farfetch.com.

Odyssey Off-Shoulder Dress. Visit http://www.temperleylondon.com for the price.

Botanist Dress. On sale for $998.00. http://www.farfetch.com.

 

Temperley London Botanist dress

Pardus Kimono. Visit http://www.temperleylondon.com for the price.

Garden Leaf Maxi Skirt. On sale for $498.00. http://www.farfetch.com.

Temperley London Garden Leaf maxi skirt

 

Ray Sequin Gown. 3,395.00. http://www.matchesfashion.com.

Traveller Dress. Visit http://www.temperleylondon.com for the price.

Traveller Kimono. 1,785.00. http://www.farfetch.com.

Odyssey Jumpsuit. 1,406.00. http://www.farfetch.com.

Odyssey Midi Dress.

Safari Printed Tie Dress. 1,725.00.  http://www.farfetch.com.

Pardus Gown. 3,395.00. http://www.mytheresa.com.

Savannah Dress. $2,918.00. http://www.farfetch.com.

Explorer Knit Cardigan and Pants. Cardigan: 786.00. Pants: 599.00. http://www.farfetch.com.

Audrey Long Dress. 1,192.00. http://www.farfetch.com.

Maze Midi Dress. On sale for $898.00. http://www.farfetch.com.

 

Treillage Dress. On sale for $648.00. http://www.farfetch.com.

 

Temperley London Trelliage shirt dress

Maze Flared Skirt. On sale for $698.00. http://www.farfetch.com.

Temperley London Maze flared skirt

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