Thursday, May 13, 2010

Annie Lennox and Alice Temperley Collaborate to Benefit 'The Circle' + Oxfam

Do you love Annie like I love Annie? Do you love Alice like I love Alice?

Well, I love them is all. Both of  'em. Annie and Alice. Alice and Annie. (I think I'm on to something here...)

Anywho, the Annie I refer to is the incomparable songbird Annie Lennox, and Alice is none other than the exquisitely talented fashionista Alice Temperley. Designer Alice Temperley took a new direction with her Temperley London seasonal installation in New York February 2010, reinterpreting some of the late Norman Parkinson’s photographs with the help of photographer Adam Whitehead. The images feature 16 modern British icons who define True British style and glamour – including Annie Lennox, Liberty Ross, Rosamund Pike, Sophie Dahl, Yasmin Le Bon, Laura Bailey and Jacquetta Wheeler.

The resulting images have been printed life size on canvas and then hand-embroidered and embellished with the same techniques used in the collection pieces. The canvases will be auctioned off in London on 18th May 2010 with all proceeds going to ‘The Circle’ who will distribute to an Oxfam project, chosen by Alice in order to support women in West Africa.

Alice was inspired to help fund an Oxfam project after she was invited by Annie Lennox to attend a ‘Circle’ dinner. The Circle is a group of high-profile women who have come together to use their valuable ideas, experience and contacts to give partnership and support to the world’s poorest women. Circle friends include Annie Lennox, Jane Shepherdson, Vanessa Emilien, Vanessa Branson, Livia Firth, Sojin Lee, Beverley Knight, Zoe Ball, Melanie Hall, Maryam D’Abo, Karen Benhamou Ruimy, Alice Temperley and Kim Chappell.

Click here to read the ‘True British’ auction catalogue which includes images of the canvases, statements from both Alice and Annie about the project and an absentee bidding form for the auction.

source: Ultimate Eurythmics; images: Temerpley London

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