Alice Tem­per­ley In 24 Hours

A day in the life of the Tem­per­ley Lon­don founder and creative di­rec­tor. By Amy Yasmine.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Contents -

7AM Morn­ings al­ways be­gin early no mat­ter what time I end the day. I love spend­ing this pre­cious time with my son, Fox, who is seven years old. We have a cooked break­fast: eggs and toma­toes for me; and sol­diers, mar­mite, and a boiled egg for him, usu­ally ac­com­pa­nied with a glass of fresh ap­ple juice from my par­ents’s cider farm. It is im­por­tant that all our in­gre­di­ents are from the best sources. Get­ting ready ev­ery morn­ing is quite sim­ple. Ev­ery woman needs to feel com­fort­able dur­ing the day. This is key for me, es­pe­cially at work. I al­ways have baths twice a day and keep my hair sim­ple and tied back. My make-up rou­tine is quite straight­for­ward and sim­ple, but I do like to have a bright red lip. I love wear­ing a Tem­per­ley Lon­don three-piece suit; they are el­e­gant with an edge and per­fect for the of­fice. Al­ter­na­tively, I love an ef­fort­less jump­suit and I al­ways wear flats. 8AM Af­ter get­ting dressed and hav­ing break­fast, I walk Fox to school, down Por­to­bello Road past our first bou­tique in Not­ting Hill—a beau­ti­ful mews prop­erty with a painted Union Jack façade. If we are early for school, which is not of­ten, I treat him to a milk­shake, and if the mar­ket is on, we browse the stalls for fun trin­kets. 8.30AM Once I drop Fox off, I walk up to the Gol­borne Deli to meet a friend for break­fast or have a sched­uled in­ter­view. Once that is done, I take a stroll to our head of­fice; it is all very close to where I live. The first thing I do as soon as I get to the of­fice is to speak to my team, run through my daily sched­ule, and then start with my meet­ings. In­evitably, a lot of my time is spent with the de­sign team brain­storm­ing. We are al­ways work­ing on three col­lec­tions at a time as they cross­over, as well as mul­ti­ple projects, so it is al­ways a hive of ac­tiv­ity. I am al­ways in search of in­spi­ra­tions and ideas to de­velop the new col­lec­tion. I love my team and know them very well; we have been work­ing to­gether for years and I re­ally trust them. 12.45PM I love head­ing to Scott’s for lunch, es­pe­cially in be­tween ap­point­ments in May­fair. It’s very close to my store, and it is the per­fect place for a lit­tle break. If I want to treat my­self, I would usu­ally have the sump­tu­ous fruits de mer with a re­fresh­ing glass of rosé. 2PM If it’s a Fri­day, I jump into my car and drive with my son to Cricket Court, my coun­try house in Som­er­set, to spend

the week­end. My par­ents’s farm is not too far away and I love spend­ing time in the coun­try. It’s where I grew up, where I can re­con­nect with my bo­hemian spirit, and the best place for me to un­wind and re­lax. 3.40PM When I’m not in the coun­try­side, I love strolling around Bru­ton Street in the evenings, oc­ca­sion­ally vis­it­ing my flag­ship, the se­cond store we opened in Lon­don. It’s great to meet with the store man­agers to be aware of our cus­tomers’s feed­back —ob­vi­ously a very pow­er­ful tool when es­tab­lish­ing the di­rec­tion of new col­lec­tions. 6PM I love to spend the evening with my son, but some­times, I will go out to a party, a movie pre­miere, or an ex­hi­bi­tion. Lon­don is such a vi­brant place and I love tak­ing my son out and about with me so he can see and try lots of new things. I re­cently took him to see the Le Cor­saire bal­let with the amaz­ing Ta­mara Rojo as Me­dora. It was spec­tac­u­lar and filled with colour­ful cos­tumes and the­atri­cal scenery. I must ad­mit, a piece of scenery in­spired me for the back­drop of our Au­tumn/Win­ter ’16 fash­ion show where I had the mod­els walk­ing around a proper pi­rate galleon! 7.20PM My boyfriend, pho­tog­ra­pher Greg Wil­liams, is a great cook so we en­ter­tain a lot at home. I like to cook break­fasts, roasts, as well as rice and veg­eta­bles, which is my favourite meal. If I want to go out for din­ner, I head to The Cow Lon­don for fish stew or Nobu for sushi. 9PM Some days, I get ready and meet my boyfriend, and we go par­ty­ing in Lon­don. It’s a great way to spend time with my friends and muses—Laura Bai­ley, Jac­quetta Wheeler, Char­lotte Til­bury, Ari­zona Muse, Olga Kurylenko ... they are a lot of fun and an end­less source of in­spi­ra­tion. 12AM I love lis­ten­ing to my favourite mu­sic, es­pe­cially be­fore go­ing to bed. Cur­rently on my playlist: Jimi Hen­drix and Florence Welch. When I have time to pam­per my­self, I draw a hot scented bath in my disco ball bath­room with my favourite Sis­ley prod­ucts. 12.30AM I do not nor­mally have time for TV ... but I watched The Night Man­ager re­cently, and it was bril­liant. Some­times, I catch up with movies as I try to keep up to date. Phones are banned from our bed­room, which I’ve found to be a great rule to have. There is no In­sta­gram­ming in bed—this is to en­cour­age read­ing and chill­ing. But be­fore I shut the lights, I al­ways end the day with a hot cup of herbal tea. Noth­ing com­pletes my rou­tine quite like it.

“Phones are banned from our bed­room; there is no In­sta­gram­ming in bed.” – Alice Tem­per­ley

Bri­tish fash­ion de­signer, Alice Tem­per­ley

Tem­per­ley Lon­don’s Spring/ Sum­mer ’16 show of flo­ral em­broi­deries with a hint of Cuban style

Tem­per­ley Lon­don’s flag­ship on Bru­ton Street

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.