It’s the launch that us plus sized ladies have been waiting for. The first collaboration between a High Street store and a fashion forward, High End, design team. Yes, Swan by Clements Ribeiro has finally arrived at Evans after weeks of anticipation. And it is truly worth the wait.
Inspired by Clements Ribeiro fan Adele, with pieces being named Adele and 21 amongst others, there are also nods to ‘Mad Men’ with Joan and Betty dresses. There are lots of prints in the collection, ranging from ditsy tiny florals to larger floral and stripe combinations like the Adele tunic. I love how sequins and lace have also been incorporated, making this a very glamorous collaboration.
But it’s not all about dresses. There are pretty trousers printed with floral prints and matchstick prints that will be essential come summer for their loose wearability. The collection has a very vintage feel, particularly 1940s, with broad shoulders, cinched in waists and knee lengths
Commenting on the exciting collaboration Inacio Ribeiro said: “For our first range we addressed the different body shapes, with styles which are accessible but modern, with an emphasis on prints and femininity. It was our starting point, understanding different proportions and different needs behind a desire for fashion that is not different from the
high fashion consumer. Far from being apologetic or patronising, we celebrated curves and voluptuousness.”
I think the whole collection is a triumph. It addresses the different body shapes in a series of eye-catching designs, and remembers the things that can be important when dressing a fuller figure – flattering and enhancing the body rather than shrouding it, giving us sleeves and a mixture of lengths to choose from.
So, now, in its full glory, here are my favourite pieces from the Swan by Clements Ribeiro for Evans collection.