06 December 2010

Clements Ribeiro Talk About Dressing Nicole Kidman!

When we heard Nicole Kidman was back on the promo circuit for new flick, ‘Rabbit Hole’, Grazia HQ began placing bets on what delights she’d pull from her dressing-up box. After being treated to endless L'Wren Scott numbers on her transatlantic tour for ‘Australia’, would the yummy mummy be treading the same lines or impressing us with something a little different?

At the film’s premiere in New York City on Friday night, we got our answer. And guess what? This blue beauty is from none other than British design duo, Clements Ribeiro. Doesn’t the sleek silhouette make Nicole look superbly lady-like? From the sophisticated lace sleeves to the below-knee hemline, the overall effect is sheer elegance avec a kitsch twist, especially with those embellishments adding a touch of twinkle. Basically, we adore.

It was during London Fashion Week in September that we first gawped at the dress gliding down the catwalk. The S/S ‘11 show was a triumphant return for Inacio Ribeiro and Suzanne Clements, the husband and wife team whose last show was five years ago. Their luxury cashmere and charming prints were welcomed back with open arms, unsurprisingly considering their huge success since forming in the Nineties.

After meeting at Central Saint Martins, the pair have collaborated with some of the best in the business, including shoe designers Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin. In 2000, they took over as creative directors of Cacharel, Paris and during their seven years at the French house, Inacio and Suzanne turned their hand to all aspects of designing, including accessories and childrenswear. And this is exactly why Grazia Daily is firm fans of the design duo today, and evidently a certain Ms Kidman is too...

'Nicole has been a big Clements Ribeiro customer for years,’ an excited Suzanne Clements told Grazia Daily. ‘So when a fashion magazine called a selection of looks from our S/S ‘11 collection for a cover story, we made sure to include the 'Veronica' because we knew it would suit her.’ And it turns out they guessed right - Nicole targeted the dress as soon as she arrived at the shoot. ‘She immediately asked to keep it for the NYC premiere.’ The rest, as they say, is history...
 
And you can see the results for yourselves! Although Nicole opted to leave the Jean-Paul Goude-inspired snorkel topknot on the catwalk, ‘the carbon blue colour greatly complemented her complexion and hair,’ Suzanne trilled. Hear, hear! And of course, we wanted to know how it felt to see her own creation walking the red carpet on the back of such a mega movie star? ‘We were ecstatic when we were informed she wore it on the night,’ the designer said. ‘It is our favorite dress from the S/S ‘11 collection and a great statement for the cool new length and grown-up elegance, which is where we think fashion should be right now.' Never a truer word.

- Jessica Vince


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