We were so lucky to have been given an invitation to the Clements Ribeiro show (thanks Dansoa!). For Autumn ’11 this husband and wife team presented an utterly beautiful collection. It was pure Clements Ribeiro joy from start to finish. Chic, refined, artfully intellectual and grown up without being at all fusty. We spoke briefly with Inacio Ribeiro after the show and he told us that both he and Suzanne were delighted with the collection this season. They had reconsidered their approach, refined their vision and crystallized their handwriting and this really shone through the 48 piece offer.
The lean silhouetted collection embraced their artful print handwriting, their passion for fine textiles and their skill with knitwear. Titled ‘Romance, Darkly’, tousled ponytailed models looked feminine yet strong, channeling a touch of period Russian hauteur, or was that just us? Something of ‘The Last Station‘ perhaps in the softly military detailing invoked by contrast frogging on softly tailored coats and jackets. Deliciously melting, ombre style print combined elements of brocade and animal print to great effect. We loved the jet beading, lacquered lace and brocade creating incredible depth in the black on black looks. The stack heeled Charlotte Olympia shoes and crochet looking lace tights were the perfect finishing touches.