Clements Ribeiro's Shimmering A/W 2010 with Boots to Match
This was the most beautiful collection I saw at London fashion week. I had the opportunity to have a brief chat with the lovely Inacio Ribeiro at the static presentation - and I have to say I've never met a person who had such a gentle yet commanding presence. I think he may be part angel. “It’s the combination of opulence and rigor. The masculine lines of the tailoring, that strictness is made feminine with the opulence of the embellishments,” he explained. The masculinity wasn’t apparent until he made the claim, as the structured edges were softened by the exquisite sequin appliques and beading on the pockets of the tailored coats and boyish cardigans, and most delightfully, the boots which were designed by the duo themselves. Ankle boots, over knee and slouchy mid-calf in black, brown, olive and grey leather and suede echoed the embellishments in the clothes, yet never overpowered the outfit or looked overdone. Silk dresses with paisley and marled prints offered an equally intriguing alternative to the adorned pieces and a gorgeous gold brocade used for a trouser and two dresses was especially stunning.
Suzanne Clements and Inacio Ribeiro could give a masterclass in how to fashion the adorned woman. It's not easy to use beading and sequins to that effect and produce a collection that is at once youthful, classic and sophisticated.