Usually renowned as the rebellious sibling of the Fashion Weeks, London had an altogether more subdued, considered approach this season. In spite of this newfound confidence (or perhaps even self-consciousness?), an undercurrent of punk influences was discernable in several of the collections. One of my favourite takes on the theme was at Clements Ribeiro, whose collection evoked a hard-edged femininity.
Established husband and wife design duo Suzanne Clements and Inacio Ribeiro are known for their masterful use of colour and pattern and eclectic twist on classic pieces. For autumn/winter 13 they took inspiration from their travels around India and Brazil – beautiful oriental flower prints, leopard print and gold embellishment.
Geometric prints featured heavily (often clashing) and my favourite was their fresh and modern use of tartan. Plaids and checks were all over the autumn/winter catwalks and Clements Ribeiro’s interpretation of the print was a definite highlight for me, balancing their signature bohemian femininity with the print’s punk associations.
Flirty skirts, bomber-style tops and slightly elongated knitwear combined with printed leggings also lent a sporty feel to separates. Colours were bold and wide-ranging, from earthy brown and khaki to pink and red. Layered lace, flower embroidery and jewel embellishment on coats and collars (and a lot of other places) were a feast for the eyes, as well as adding a real sense of fun. My favourite look in the collection was a stunning red fitted lace dress with embellished neckline, which was simultaneously elegant and tough.
Refreshingly, all the footwear was flat – models donned pointy, buckled boots and pixie shoes – even with the decadent eveningwear. The collection was vibrant and exuberant; the mish-mash of different influences made for an original collection that brought a smile to my face. Visit the ‘things we like’ page on the designers’ newly launched e-commerce site for a glimpse into their fascinating world.
Apologies for the slightly blurry pictures – I blame the excitement of being on the front row! (A massive thank you to Modus PR for inviting me!)