To wear Clements Ribeiro's S/S 2011 collection, a Californian vacation is in order, for this is the destination where their prim and proper knitwear and calf length sundresses are sure to go down a storm. Botanical prints were the real focus of the collection and were reminiscent of a more sophisticated take on the garish Hawaiian: in other words, white outlined florals and leaves were placed against colourful backgrounds, creating an instant summery vibe. If a drunk uncle might wear a Hawaiian shirt, then it is his refined (and possibly disapproving) mother that will be found in Clements Ribeiro's elegant clothes. With dresses falling at a sensible below the knee length, and a variety of cardigans to choose from to cover arms, this was definitely a collection for the (ever so slightly) older lady. Sure, there were some skimpier numbers - silk playsuits and a white brocade minidress (with matching jacket of course) - but by and large this was an adult affair. Reluctant to be left out of next season's Seventies trend, Clements Ribeiro offered a satin kick flare with buttoned up collared cardigan. Otherwise trademark knitwear appeared in brightly coloured breton stripes with floral corsages. Lastly, a standout figure hugging navy dress with seductive lace back and sequin trim was perfect eveningwear - understated, yet effective.
If a drunk uncle might wear a Hawaiian shirt, then it is his refined (and possibly disapproving) mother that will be found in Clements Ribeiro's elegant clothes.