7 posts tagged "Clements Ribeiro"
Considering that, in the past few seasons, such brands as Pierre Balmain, See by Chloé, ICB, and Peter Som have all experimented with showing online rather than on the catwalk, Diane von Furstenberg’s recent hypothesis that physical fashion shows may be made “extinct by digital substitutes within the next few years,” doesn’t seem too far outside the realm of possibility. This London fashion week, Clements Ribeiro—the Natalie Massenet-mentored ready-to-wear brand designed by Suzanne Clements and Inacio Ribeiro—will be joining the crop of labels that are debuting their collections via the Internet.
On Saturday at 2 p.m. GST, Clements Ribeiro’s Spring ’14 range goes up digitally, coinciding with the launch of its new Web site, which comes with bells and whistles that cater to industry insiders and fashion fans alike. The buyers can fill their orders (the financing of which will be neatly handled by clever software), the press can view lookbooks, and fiercely loyal customers can buy online.
“It is unquestionable that fashion shows are a powerful tool for many brands—but there are just too many shows,” offered Ribeiro. “We found there is a better way to serve the entire chain. Yes, for sure, there is less adrenaline than a live runway show, but also less pressure. And from experience, this is how our clients want it—steady as she goes.” The Clements Ribeiro model is one of the first case studies for the British Fashion Council’s new digital department, and will also include a social media element. The designers will be available for a live Q&A via Twitter during the presentation, using the hashtag #CRSS14LIVE, and will be chilling in a Google hangout. For the brand, going online was a logical next move, since 60 percent of its sales were from the Internet anyway.
The label’s latest offering, an exclusive preview of which debuts here, is inspired by Ribeiro’s native Brazil. Spring ’14 is all about monochrome meeting pattern—the Girl from Ipanema turned bookish. The models featured in the designers’ Spring lookbook are pictured leaping barefoot, which, to Ribeiro, is a perfect representation of the brand. “I feel that we too are jumping—in leaps and bounds—to our next steps.”
Sweater dressing just got more fun. Designers have been studying their geometry and colorful graphic patterns have made their way onto comfy pullovers. Flare magazine fashion director Liz Cabral demonstrated how right these sweaters can be when she stepped out in London wearing a striped Joe Fresh number with a pair of leather trousers. And the marketplace is filled with covetable options from 3.1 Phillip Lim to Richard Nicoll to Clements Ribeiro. Here, we’ve rounded up four of favorite options. Maybe saying goodbye to summer isn’t so bad after all.
From top left: Richard Nicoll sweater, $710, available at www.netaporter.com; Giulietta sweater, $695, available at www.farfetch.com; Clements Ribeiro sweater, $1,435, available at www.netaporter.com; 3.1 Phillip Lim sweater, $450, available at www.otte.com.
H&M Reportedly Doing A Luxury Brand, R.J. Cutler’s Latest Project, Pierre Bergé Says Slimane Has A Challenge Ahead Of Him, And More…-------
H&M reportedly has a luxury brand in the works, according to WWD. Though the Swedish retailer has “neither confirmed nor denied it,” the project is rumored to include designer Behnaz Aram, formerly of the Swedish label Whyred. [WWD]
The husband-and-wife design duo behind Clements Ribeiro, Inacio Ribeiro and Suzanne Clements, have collaborated with Evans on a line for curvy women. Of the print-heavy collection, they say: “For our first range we addressed the different body shapes, with styles which are accessible but modern, with an emphasis on prints and femininity.” [Telegraph]
Direct R.J. Cutler, the man behind The September Issue, is now casting for the film adaption of the 1986 book Fabulous Nobodies. Cutler (along with producers Julie Anne Quay and Gail Lyon) is looking for a chic twentysomething actress to fill the role of Reality Nirvana Tuttle, “a fashion-obsessed door girl at a downtown nightclub in eighties Manhattan.” [WWD]
Yves Saint Laurent’s former partner Pierre Bergé has spoken about Hedi Slimane’s appointment as YSL’s new creative director for the first time since it was announced. Bergé says Slimane has a challenge ahead of him: “It’s a great problem, very complicated to recreate the work of a genius. Like trying to rewrite Faulkner,” he says. [Vogue U.K.]
The British Fashion Council announced today that Erdem Moralioglu is the winner of the first BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Award, beating out fellow Britons Angel Jackson, Christopher Kane, Clements Ribeiro, E. Tautz, Marios Schwab, Nicholas Kirkwood, and Richard Nicoll. The award comes with a £200,000 prize and access to mentors across the industry. “I am thrilled to be the winner of the BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund. It is an honor,” the Turkish-born designer said simply.
Click here for a look back through Erdem’s recent collections.
…Or one of seven of his talented countrymen. British designer Christopher Kane found his line among eight shortlisted for the inaugural BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, an up-and-comer’s prize sponsored by the British Fashion Council and British Vogue. (The award is modeled on a similar initiative of its American counterpart.) In addition to Kane, Angel Jackson, Clements Ribeiro, Savile Row house E.Tautz, Erdem, Marios Schwab, Nicholas Kirkwood, and Richard Nicoll—most of whom will show at London fashion week next month—are in the running for the £200,000 award, which comes with industry mentorship (and, no small boon itself, coverage in the May 2010 issue of British Vogue, where the winner will be announced). Editor in chief Alexandra Shulman will chair the judging panel. We’re sure she’s too professional to give any inkling of her own preference, but the tea leaf readers of fashion will no doubt be scrutinizing her label choices all the same.