The Story of the Orchidea Print
One of the defining parts of the Spring Summer 14 Temperley London collection was the striking Orchidea print, the unlikely marriage of leopard print and delicate hand painted orchid petals. The inspiration for this print began with an orchid, bought by Alice early one Sunday morning at London’s iconic Columbia Road Flower Market. Taken by the unnatural violet hue of the dyed flower, Alice immediately sent an image of the orchid to the head of Embroidery, Print and Fabric Design whose beautiful hand paintings form the basis of the design. From Alice’s obsession with animal prints and the accidental placing of the orchid painting over a Leopard print swatch the Orchidea print was created. The photo of the swatches was the first thing on the wall when Spring Summer 14 was devised and moved through the design process to become a key look on the catwalk.