September 15, 2012 London
In a low-key, somewhat flat presentation, the designers used Suzy as a bridge back to their own archive: a checked skirt with a striped cashmere sweater, a quirky detail like a fluoro orange belt on a shirtdress, the contrast of a black moiré skirt and a top trimmed in turquoise lace…the off-ness of such looks was quintessential Clements Ribeiro. In a perverse way, these were clothes for connoisseurs, because it required a particular kind of mind-set to appreciate the long, sheer black or white dresses covered with huge paillettes, or the black dress embroidered with red carnations and layered over a skirt trimmed in bobbles and more of those paillettes. (Everything always with those plastic sandals.) Schoolmarm? Perhaps. But also artist's wife. Or anything where a love of craft is attached to a devil-may-care attitude.