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Clements Ribeiro

Clements Ribeiro's Fashion Evolution

Clements Ribeiro: Backstage - LFW Autumn/Winter 2012

Flapper dresses, fox furs, top hats, knits featuring cats or multicoloured stripes make up the fun, quirky and delightfully thrown-together ensembles. There are always stand-out knits and multi-coloured illustrated prints. A mix of elegant dresses, swishy skirts and touches that are elegantly rather than cartoonishly kitsch.

The designers themselves have summed up the vibe as “clumsy couture”, or the idea of using an eccentric English aristocrat fallen on hard times and patching their outfits together from whatever they find to hand as a muse.

A husband and wife team made up of Brazilian Inacio Ribeiro and British Suzanne Clements met at Central Saint Martins in the nineties and then went on to become stalwarts of LFW. They like to use traditional materials, pride themselves on commitment to cut and finish – making a Clements Ribeiro piece an investment/ friend for life. The duo have also collaborated with some of the best in the business, like shoe designers Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin.

In 2000 the designers took over as creative directors of Cacharel, Paris. Over seven years, Clements Ribeiro turned their hand to all aspects of the French house, including accessories and childrenswear. In the process, the designers engaged in more creative collaborations, for example with illustrator Julie Verhoeven, doyenne of prints Celia Birtwell and graphic designer Peter Saville.

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