Trundling across town I arrived at THE SHOW SPACE yesterday evening to view the autumn/winter 2011 Clemets Ribeiro show, in Northumberland Avenue, WC2N.
The event space is spectacular, and a fabulous place to hold an elegant soiree, so with that in mind as I entered the show, I grabbed a gin and rose-water cocktail as the lights dimmed and the show started.
As the Victorian music bellowed loudly across the intimate room, the sound echoed for all to hear. Models came out in an array of leopard print dresses and skirts, but the pattern seemed to merge from the aforementioned into a baroque style. This faded look was shown on an array of dresses and midi-skirts and looked fabulous with the bare legs and Charlotte Olympia heels.
Military pieces were also key as coats displayed a frogging element, which also appeared on cardigans on models shoulders. Floral beading was also big – which was similar to pieces seen at House of Holland and Mulberry (this morning) – as well as the ruffled and high Victorian neck pieces, but it was also the choice of colourings that made the collection more alluring: golds, deep maroons and royal blues.
Models also adorned minimal make-up and side parted ponytails with back-combed ends – reminiscent of the Victorian era.