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There were far more relaxed jackets and matching trousers than evening gowns on Temperley London’s runway today, and that ratio signifies a welcome new direction for the brand. Spring ’15 marks the second collection since designer Alice Temperley fused her glamorous, red-carpet-ready main line with her lower-priced, more day-centric Alice by Temperley range. The merger seems to be serving her well. “A woman has needs,” offered Temperley backstage. “She needs to get up and go to work in something like what I have on,” she added, gesturing to her own gray suit and scarf ensemble that appeared to be from her Resort lineup. Speaking of Resort, Spring seemed to be a natural progression from that outing. The suits continued (“I’m obsessed with suits. I’ve just made seven for each day of the week,” Temperley said), but this time around they came in solid pink or ivory crepe, checked cotton, or linen. Most of these outfits were garnished with elegant but breezy dinner scarves, and pants were cuffed to reveal a new range of Temperley trainers—further proof of the label’s youthful, street-ready turn.

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