Introducing three of this season’s signature print stories: the Denver, the Roxanne and the Palomino.

Embodying the spirit of ‘50s Americana — both the subversive and the novel — with a touch of rodeo.

The oversized Wild West motifs contrast with neat necklines, dramatic frills and architectural shapes — for that classic sense of Temperley charm and whimsy.

Mirage-like cacti, glistening metallic chains and glowing canyon shadows play across sheeny satin on the distinct yet cohesive Denver dresses.

A frame of solid black silk satin ruffles, a laced neckline and a flowing skirt; a reworking of the Leonie, easy and loose with a high neck; an exciting new style, cut on the bias with a scarf-like draped back and drawstring shoulder detail.

Bringing a dose of day-to-nightwear, our Roxanne story comprises two dresses with timeless allure. Creating a kaleidoscopic effect, a hand-painted mandala of keys tessellates alongside offbeat motifs, such as antique scissors and rodeo trinkets. The Midi Dress is an easy, peasant-inspired throw-on, while the Tie Dress brings more wow with sculptural shoulders and a collar-to-tie-scarf neckline. Fitted and flattering — a reworking of our popular Clementina Dress, made from stretch silk satin. 

Featuring three styles with a fresh twist — a shirt dress, shirt and skirt, the Palomino is a surrealist fusion. Cacti and vibrant blooms blend with ornate keys, cowboy boots and trompe l’oeil patches, hand-painted and printed in Italy onto recycled polyester twill.

Reflecting the Temperley woman’s Sundance Kid meets Somerset spirit, the silhouettes are full cowgirl — billowing sleeves, drapey skirts and sweeping A-lines from angled hip seams.

We ask Alice about the processes behind the playful prints…

How and where did you dream up the design?

This was actually the initial starting point of the whole collection — I had collaged some archetypal western motifs together with a few surreal elements. Little surprises. We were playing around with our spin on this Americana visual; wanting to channel the mood of the rising subcultures and rebellion of the 1950s, with a kind of David Lynch twist.’

What is it named after?

The focal point of the original collage was this huge rearing horse; Palomino is a beautiful golden cream and chestnut-coloured breed.’

Where was it created?

The initial concept was conceived of in at Phoenix Studios, but the development of this idea — including all the hand-painted elements and intricately engineered print placements — was designed and developed between Somerset and London over a period of about six months.’

How long did it take?

There are many stages to the process; the initial eureka moment can be quite fast and chaotic, but then all the motifs have to be painstakingly painted by hand, and engineered to fit and match across all the pattern pieces. We will then create between 10 and 20 colour trials, and re-engineer to the garment those selected. It can be quite hard to fully collate the start to finish process as it is such a labour of love of the course of many months!’

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