Having been blown away by the Clements Ribeiro presentation, we just had to find out a little more about what inspired the pieces. Enjoy!
The Fash Pack: What was the inspiration behind this collection?
Inacio Ribeiro: 'Haute Bohemian'. The bohemia of the '70s and YSL's gypsy years. Except we wanted to update the look and create our vision of bohemia, using embroidery to add opulence to the collection.
TFP: What are the trends of the season for the Clements Ribeiro woman'?
IR: Well, we broke the collection up into three looks to signify our key trends. The first is the tuxedo look, which features a lot of black, tailored pieces to create an upper-class look. The second is the masculine look: The straight cut of the jackets and oversized cardigans help to control the femininity of the pieces. The third is the feminine look, which is where all the shift dresses and brocade skirts come into play. We used the sharp cuts to act as an invisible frame to the collection, but the fabrics and prints make the femininity and opulence work well together.
TFP: How would you describe the collection in a few words?
IR: A wide variety of looks: eclectic, feminine yet masculine, and elegant.
We then decided to pick Mrs Ribeiro's brain about the textures and embellishment used in the collection, and luckily for us, she was more than happy to share.
TFP: What were the main fabrics you settled on for the collection?
Suzanne Clements: We stuck to our signature silks, cashmere and wool, but jazzed them up with the prints and overall design of the pieces.
TFP: We love the bejewelled boots. How did that come about?
SC: Well, we usually make our shoes in Brazil, but this time, we decided we'd bring them back to the UK to be embellished, and it seems to have worked out quite well.
TFP: How did you settle on which prints to use?
SC: We simply looked back at the prints we liked most from the past and revisted them. We revamped, updated and reworked them to suit the upcoming season and the collection on a whole.
TFP: We know the label is not really one for jackets, but is this something we can expect in the future?
SC: Never say never, but probably not. We don't really ever do jackets. Our cardigans as jackets has always been our thing, but you never know.