LONDON - Alfred Hitchcock seems to be in fashion these days: There's the movie starring Anthony Hopkins, a BBC drama about the filmmaker, and now designer Alice Temperley has based her latest womenswear collection on the style of "The Birds" actress Tippi Hedren.
The British designer, who acknowledged Sunday that she is obsessed with the romance and glamour of old movies, showed high-waisted full skirts paired with simple cashmere jumpers, swing coats, sheer blouses, illusion necklines and bejeweled evening gowns.
"It's from a bygone era, but we all secretly want to look like that," Temperley said backstage after the show.
It was all very pretty and classically elegant, and it's easy to visualize everything in the autumn collection being worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, who has often been snapped in Temperley outfits.
Long leather gloves and slim silk scarves wrapped around the neck were clear references to the Hitchcock heroine, while shirts with geometric patterns and jewel-printed jacquards kept things from looking outdated. Tailored coats and jackets as well as separates in stiff metallic gold fabrics tempered the sweetness.
The collection ended with a series of column gowns that balanced their rich print or dazzling jeweled necklines with a simple, modern silhouette.