In news that is making us feel very old, Alice Temperley’s Somerset range for John Lewis is celebrating its ten year anniversary this year. One of the most enduring designer/high street collabs, Somerset brought Alice’s signature brand of fairytale bohemia – loved by everyone from Kate Moss to Kate Middleton – to the masses.
Named after the county in which the iconic British designer resides, the Somerset collection bears all the hallmarks of Alice’s mainline designs – bold prints, feminine details and floaty boho silhouettes – but at a fraction of the cost. Whereas a Temperley London dress could set you back at least £350, the most expensive piece in the Somerset range is £140.
To mark the milestone, the latest Somerset drop is the biggest yet, and perfect for a summer spent making up for lost time. You’ll find oversized gingham, banana leaf – Alice’s favourite, according to John Lewis – and animal prints, trademark broderie anglaise and puff sleeves, smocked waists and tiered hems aplenty. We’re already dreaming of wearing that gingham midi to sip cocktails as the sun sets somewhere exotic.
Waistcoats (they’re back, gals), a utility jumpsuit and work-to-weekend tailored trousers balance out the boho vibes, and the range uses responsibly sourced fabrics like FSC certified viscose, recycled polyester and sustainable cotton.
We’ve rounded up our favourite Somerset styles below, and you can shop the full collection here.
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