Alice Temperley

  • British designer
  • Born July 22, 1975

Alice Temperley MBE (born 22 July 1975) is an English fashion designer based in London. Her fashion label, Temperley London was launched in 2000.In 2006, The Guardian noted that she had been described by American Vogue as the designer making the biggest waves in British fashion. More recently, she has been described as the "English Ralph Lauren".

Lingerie is my next love after clothing; I think it is what is worn underneath that really inspires a woman to feel beautiful in her clothes - that inner, secret glamour.

I keep only a small edit in my wardrobe because I think it is important to keep things moving through, and I like to find out which pieces from my collections work and which could be reworked and improved.

You have to stay true to your heritage; that's what your brand is about.

Eclectic yet classic with a playful bohemian twist is how I'd describe my style.

I get up between 6:30 and 7 A.M., and my morning routine is always the same: hot water and lemon, eggs on toast and rose oil on the face.

I have an obsession with details and pattern.

I think fashion can always date, but I think if a woman has elegance, she doesn't date.

I think I'd go mad if I didn't have a place to escape to.

When it comes to shoes, I always think Charlotte Olympia, of course! Her footwear is always feminine and sexy and also just right for every occasion.

I was always in trouble at school for what I was wearing; I was never made a prefect because of the way I used to dress - I ripped my tights, my skirts were too short, all sorts of things.

I'm from the middle of nowhere in Somerset, and if I have too much stimulus or chaos, then I tend to not be as creative.

It should be natural, and that's how I like women to look. I like them to feel comfortable and look organic.

As far as accessories are concerned, I think it is always best to be as minimalist as possible.

If you took some of the behavior that you see in the fashion world and put it anywhere else, it would just be embarrassing.

With celebrity being our new religion, it's increasingly difficult to start up on your own. Talented young designers are more likely to either go and work for celebrity brands or huge fashion houses than ever before.

I used to be frustrated about being called bohemian, but I don't really care now. If that's what you are, you should celebrate it.

I love trawling through markets and vintage shops, and I make super-quick decisions about buying clothes. I also have my usual haunts I go to when in specific cities.

Clothes can transform your mood and confidence.

I'm a morning person, really alert.

When I was a child, I was always nicking my mum's jewellery to wear, and I loved to drape a massive Chinese shawl around me from our fancy-dress box. I was obsessed with a feather and rabbit-fur collar from the age of three and attempted to make one with my friend, whose father was a gamekeeper.

I try to take care of myself, and I lead a healthy lifestyle.

My favourite finds are often antique pieces with a history.

I grew up in the countryside and always used to wear my parents' Barbour jackets. It is a fantastic British heritage brand.

I like the Hotel Costes, on rue Saint Honore, a boutique hotel near the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and the Tuileries. I love the dark, moody decor as well as the fantastic scented, candlelit pool in the basement.

I love long power walks in the countryside.

I like to be real. I don't like things to be staged or fussy.

Paris is one of the fashion capitals of the world and such an incredible breeding ground for designers. You can't help but find it an inspiring place.

Remember, its all about you and the dress. Nothing more, so keep the accessories very discreet.

I loved being in London. Always walking everywhere, always out and about and always at markets, walking around Brick Lane and Covent Garden and Soho.

I don't try to be in fashion; I don't try to follow trends. You just end up out of fashion that way.

Red carpet dressing all depends on the climate. I think richer, deeper colours are more flattering on the body, but the opposite is true if you are in Cannes or St. Tropez where the light makes deep colours look heavy and unflattering.

It's a real luxury to have a studio all to myself, somewhere to start mood boards for the next collection.

A lot of self-importance goes on in the fashion industry. I'm not like that.