LONDON–Attention, Michelle Obama: next time you care to risk a furor by wearing British fashion, look to Clements Ribeiro. The husband-and-wife design team presented a precisely judged fall collection on Saturday night, full of jeweled twinsets and exquisite original prints.
This time around, the patterns we loved last season were suitably darker. A maroon damask print on peach silk shifted into subtle leopard. Several dresses had surprise splashes of ultramarine at the shoulders, adding visual zing.
Cashmere twinsets with crystal clusters felt glossy rather than retro, and jet beading that formed evil eyes on other pieces imbued garments with a talismanic aspect.
As for length, no dress ended above the knee. The last few looks—midi-length black evening dresses with jet-beaded fringing tracing a womanly figure—may have lacked the duo’s signature print, but they had all of its modernity.
**All photos by Imaxtree.