Sugar and spice and all things nice – Clements Ribeiro’s S/S 12 collection was the perfect accompaniment to
a little British sunshine yesterday morning in London. Pale cream silk shorts and vests featured inky, floral prints of maroon, brown and green, while matching breathe-light dresses were fixed on lightly with loose laces across the cutaway back. If you choose prints next season, you’d better mean it – wear them from neck to ankle and don’t be shy. The Clements Ribeiro versions grew coloured vines up full-length, bias-cut dresses,
or grabbed the spotlight in black-and-white checked trousers and vests, finished with touches of lace at the shoulder. The prints were even better when they
became 3-D with lace overlays or combined with candy-striped cashmere knits and block-heeled sandals in the same creamy palette as the silk prints above them. This is optimistic, understated and feminine fashion with
a shoulder-shruggingly effortless attitude, which is
exactly what everyone loves about London style.