Held in the extravagant Goldsmiths Hall, anyone joining the seated or standing at the Clements Ribeiro show was surely going to be in for a treat. For a venue lined with gilded mirrors and boasting an ornate gold ceiling, the collections shown inside it needed to have a very special something.
Thankfully, Ribeiro's collection can be summed up in a few words- sophisticated, feminine and modern. The show opened with vibrant folkish prints over the return of the leather midi skirt; the midi stayed with us throughout the collection in a selection of fabrics and textures. The collection was packed full of bohemian Slavic influences, but with a modern and fashion forward attitude. Super bright fuchsia pinks and bright mint punctuated the folk themed patterns, in the strong and solid quantities once adored by followers of the label.
In a clear movement from old style Clements Ribeiro, perhaps you could leave the collection feeling a little disappointed in the transition. Despite this, the 'un-corporate' aesthetic that Clements has stated to be the new direction, is clearly a work in progress, and we must expect great things to continue to emerge from this fashion house.
Written by Eleanor Doughty
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