Alice Temperley shows a collection inspired by 18th Century religious paintings at London Fashion Week.
LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FEBRUARY 18, 2012) (REUTERS) - British designer Alice Temperley showed her "Renaissance" collection at London Fashion Week on Saturday (February 18).
A grand hall decorated with old portraits set the scene for a series of garments inspired by opulence.
Temperley drew on religious art from the 18th century for the collection, which was evident in the colour, cut and fabrics.
Speaking to Reuters Television, Temperley said she became obsessed with the imagery last year after buying a book of paintings and many more since.
"The colours and brocades and the details within those paintings were quite exceptional things in the 18th century", she said.
They inspired draped tabard shaped dresses, fabrics of jacquard and taffeta and a rich colour palette, including gold, red and turquoise.
Russian-style fur hats were also a feature and there were several dresses suitable for a princess - Britain's Duchess of Cambridge Catherine is a fan of the label.
A pregnant Peaches Geldolf sat in the front row and excitedly spoke about the impending birth of her son, who has already been named 'Astala'.
She revealed her father Bob Geldof was delighted when he discovered the baby's gender.
"He's happy there's going to be a boy in the family. He's so happy it's a boy he's like finally, an heir to the throne of Geldof."
London Fashion Week ends on Wednesday (February 22).