Focusing on eclecticism, colour and graphics, Suzanne Clements and Inacio Reibeiro modernised the folk woman for their autumn/winter 2012 collection.
Day two of London Fashion Week, a buzzing queue was anticipating the unveiling of Clements Ribeiro’s AW 2012 collection. With Adele wearing one of their SS 12 dresses to the Grammy Awards early this month, Suzanne Clements and Inacio Ribeiro had certainly garnered a lot of extra publicity.
The collection was a departure from the print driven, streamlined and mature designs of previous seasons. For winter, the designers wanted to try something different. It was certainly a lot younger and funkier as they worked around a ‘Folky’ concept. Through exotic colour, graphics and eclecticism, the designs documented a new kind of bohemia. Clements and Ribeiro maintained their signature severity but with a fierce beauty. The influx of leather throughout the collection, from leggings to waist belts added a more sinister edge to the elegance of the finely cut dresses and coats.
The eclecticism within the show was a new feature for AW. From tartans to plaids, to metallic and colour blocking, the show became a melting pot for every trend. The high quality of the knitwear was certainly a statement. A few standout looks included geometric colour blocking on cashmere turtlenecks, and oversized cardigans for a more masculine edge. For Clements and Ribeiro, this collection was more “undone’” as they explored clashing colours, prints, and layering. However, the styling of the looks maintained their signature elegance. The design duo took their inspiration of ‘folk’ to a new level, giving their signature prints a new fierce edge. The burst of neon pink against warm cashmere knits was a bold move for winter wear. With so many different looks, Clements and Ribeiro’s vision of fierce beauty successfully brought the show together.
Photos by Panos Damaskinidis