LFW show report: Clements Ribeiro

22 September 2009

Only last season, Clements Ribeiro’s luxe embellished cashmere jumpers sold out in double-quick time on NET-A-PORTER. So, we were excited to see where the S/S ’10 collection would lead our hungry eyes this time… Rather than a catwalk show, the married design duo opted for a sun-filled show space in Somerset House. Set up with plain plywood plinths and backdrops, this was a great base for their famed patterns and prints to pop out from.

The designers ‘retraced their key elements’ from seasons past, like classic stripes, and modernised them in thick graphic bands of black and white or grey, Post-it Note yellow and rose pink (and even blocking the two against each other in a great sack shift dress) as well as kooky cats appliquéd on to soft knit cashmere cardies and tops. (The Aristocat’s Everybody Wants To Be A Cat played quietly in the background.) But it was the little details that made this collection so desirable – simple shapes like pencil skirts, polo shirts, ladylike cardigans and cropped trousers are already totally wearable and wardrobe worthy, but with the addition of zip teeth trimming, pearl encrusted embellishment and quirky mismatched frogging embroidery – we announce that the following pieces will be firmly on our lust list….

1. Brown small-scale leopard-print cocoon dress with zip and pearl embellished neckline.

2. Blue and white striped military cardigan.

3. Black and white thick striped pencil skirt.


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