London Fashion Week backstage blogging: Clements Ribeiro
As London Fashion Week day two kicked off, we were up brighter and earlier than anyone should be on a Saturday to head to the gorgeous Goldsmiths Hall (home of My Beautiful Fashion) for a backstage peek at the Clements Ribeiro show.
Always one of my London Fashion Week favourites, the design team of Suzanne Clements and Inacio Ribeiro can always be relied upon to present a quirky, intelligent, effortless collection with strong prints and simple silhouettes. This is wearable, smart fashion at its very best, but always with a sense of humour.
This season, the inspiration was the whimsical Wes Anderson film Moonrise Kingdom, and the models were fresh-faced young things with fluffy faux bobs and artfully smeared makeup that gave the impression they'd been playing with their mum's cosmetics. The film's female lead, Suzy Bishop, a surprisingly well-dressed 12-year-old, was the muse.
But don't let that fool you into thinking this was an immature collection. There were definitely childlike touches came in the fun use of colours and the footwear - I had my very own 12-year-old flashback on seeing the sparkly jelly sandals (provided by Melissa footwear), identical to a pair I had in the 90s.
Moving into eveningwear, dresses came in midi length sheer fabrics, with black and white detailing and big disc-like pailettes. Big peter pan collars, full skirts and boxy jackets were never in short supply, and bright aqua was the key pop of colour throughout.
You can see the highlights for yourself in the video below...