Tempest markets itself as a brand of 'sexy, sultry and sophisticated' clothing for women with a range of figure-hugging dresses, that are loved by celebrities such as Holly Willoughby. Currently, Miss Wales, Alice Ford, and West End star Sophie Evans, are faces of the brand.
Arriving at the Mercure, I was directed to the penthouse suite, where I had the pleasure of meeting fellow blogger Sophie from Twisted Individual for the first time, and we were joined soon after by the lovely Liz from Bambi the Style Hunter. The suite was as ostentatious as a penthouse suite should be, with animal print soft furnishings and lashings of purple. Even the walls on one side had leopard print wallpaper! After a few glasses of champagne, and lots of admiration of the outfits that were arriving, it was time to head downstairs for the main event. By this point I was feeling woefully underdressed having turned up straight from work, relieved that I was wearing a skirt and heels and had put more make-up on. The invitation didn't say it was black tie!
The main function room at the Mercure is an impressive one, with a sky high ceiling, and after a little confusion of where we were to be seated, we took our places - Liz and I on a table with the lovely Miss Wales. Our goody bags contained some Giorgio Armani makeup samples (which I'll do a separate post on, as I went to their beauty evening recently and found some things worth sharing!), chocolate from Chocomix, and rather oddly, fitness DVDs. Mine was by Natalie Cassidy!
The evening included 3 fashion shows, with 1 of the shows by the winners of Tempest's search for 'real women' models. Tempest's dresses range from the demure to the more 'clubby', and average at £100 upwards, with a range of tops that start from about £69. I'll be honest that some of the pricing seems steep, for something that is a day dress, but the occasion dress prices are probably about right for a non high-street more exclusive brand. Here are my top picks, starting off with my number one pick, that glittered beautifully in the catwalk lights. Some of these dresses are not available until AW14, but where something's available now I've put a link for you.
Abbey dress, £105 (super short though, I couldn't wear that to my office!)
The pink coat is a 'Sexy Mac', available here soon.
As I said, some of the dresses are not really my style at all, so here is a selection of the ones that didn't really do it for me - but perhaps you'll like them better?
I wish that one on the left was mid calf, then I could see myself in it!
The Mercure was a fantastic venue for the event. The main course of Welsh lamb, and the dessert of chocolate mousse, were both wonderful. I can't comment on the starter as I was queuing for the bar for over 20 minutes, and in that time the starter had not only been served but cleared away (I've emailed the Mercure about this lapse in customer service, and will let you know when I hear back from them!).
To top off the evening, we were treated to a performance by West End star Sophie Evans, who was absolutely spellbinding. My OH has just received her album to review and I might have to pinch it.
What do you all think of Tempest's range? Do you like any of these dresses, or are they not your style? I'd love to know what you think!
A huge thank you to Tempest clothing for letting me attend this event on a press pass, it was a wonderful evening!