CLEMENTS RIBEIRO: A FAMILY WARDROBE, A JOURNEY THROUGH THE DECADES
























You could say it's only expected of Suzanne and Inácio to send print on print down the catwalk season on season. But what we saw from them in Clements Ribeiro's spring/summer 2013 collection is something more authentic than your usual retro and vintage looks.

I simply can't get enough of their 1950s girl-and-woman-next-door, wrapped up in modest stripes and checks - it's quite fascinating how the essentially anti-sexy prim and demure pieces, knee skirts, jumpers, dresses and trousers, and damn, even the floral granny-style shirt dresses feel vibrant, fresh, and desirable.

There's a consciously no-glam factor about the first set of clothes that reminds you of old family photos. Your older cousins, mum and aunties could have worn these back in the day - maybe that's what hits so close to home about them. 

And, when you open that old wardrobe, instead of simply dismissing its contents, you feel like a kid in a candy store. You get excited and start playing dress-up with all the family hand-me-downs.

As you delve deeper and deeper into the family wardrobe, you'll find lace, silk, sequins, embellished tops, dresses, collars and cuffs that would not have looked out of place at 20s, 30s and 40s soirées your grandmothers and great-grandmothers attended... you can balance out the dinosaur factor by throwing something modern and decadent, maybe a pair of sparkly jelly sandals in the mix.

It takes a bit of courage to do everyday retro and vintage, but Clements Ribeiro's collection is a priceless lesson. Make sure you don't skip class, and do your homework, there is a hell of a lot your older female family members can teach you.




runway stills: vogue.co.uk

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