The Brit Girl's Secret Source for the Prettiest Dresses

Since launching 18 years ago, Temperley London has become synonymous with bohemian glamour, whimsical details and, oh, regularly outfitting a certain Duchess. Not bad for a homegrown success story that has remained authentically independent. The brainchild of the eternally stylish Alice Temperley, the brand is a fixture on the London Fashion Week catwalk schedule and has seamlessly married creativity with commerciality. In addition to five standalone stores and hundreds of stockists globally, the brand enjoys a fruitful partnership with John Lewis, where its Somerset by Alice Temperley range distills some of the brand's greatest hits at an affordable price point.

An unwavering commitment to exquisite craftsmanship, bold use of colour and unapologetically feminine designs (as well as a penchant for leopard print) has helped the brand stand out from the rest.

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The label's most famous fan is without a doubt the Duchess of Cambridge, who loves her lacy and embroidered gowns so much that she wears them to high-profile events on repeat. And she's in good company. A go-to label for the red carpet, the slew of A-listers who have worn the brand's twinkling gowns for film premieres reads like a casting announcement for the world's most stylish blockbuster; there's Elle Macpherson, Sandra Bullock, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Penelope Cruz, to name a few. 

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So if you've got a big event coming up and don't know where to begin, take this as your cue and shop our favourite Temperley dresses below.

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Temperley's diffusion line for John Lewis is also well worth bookmarking. 

This shoulder-baring neckline and drop-waist shape is universally flattering. 

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