Actress, and rumoured Chanel model Emma Watson made a front row appearance and chose Tempests show as her only attendance of the whole week. Other guests included Jade Parfitt, Jasmine Guinness and Creative Director of Fashion Fringe Colin McDowell.
After graduating last year from the London College of Fashion with stints at Giles Deacon and Jean Charles De Castelbajac under his belt, Tempest was chosen by panellists including Donatella Versace to show at the prestigious Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden, which brought him to the attention of industry insiders. A/W09 marks an impressive debut for his first stand alone show.
Last nights collection was one of supreme sophistication in both concept and craftsmanship. Inspired by Tudor England - most notably Hampton Court Palace and its formidable architecture - dresses were tight at the bodice and highly voluminous in the skirt. Duchess satins, silk moirés and printed georgette silks added an edge of luxury but the palette of iridescent jewelled blues, aquamarine and purple kept a modern edge to the otherwise nostalgic tailoring guaranteed to send buyers into a frenzy.
Print also played a part. Sharp, wide shouldered tailoring was adorned with a graphic crystal pattern, as well as a more organic photo print from the kitchens at Hampton court and the faces of Elizabeth I and Henry VIII.
Speaking backstage, Tempest stressed the importance of wearability in his collections, at the end of the day I want women to buy my clothes, so I make sure every detail is 100 per cent perfection. Clearly he has business acumen beyond his years.
At just 22, Tempest is currently one of London fashion weeks biggest achievers and deserves to follow in the international footsteps of its previous stars like John Galliano, Matthew Williamson and Jonathan Saunders to name just a few. Heres hoping we can hang on to this one for the meantime at least.