When I was asked to pick my favourite piece from the Swan collection by Clements Ribeiro for Evans, I must admit to being truly spoilt for choice. I adore so many of the looks, including the beautiful Salome dress, which is still my true favourite, but I also found myself wishing that I tried on the Grace dress when I’d had the opportunity at the Bloggers day, and wondering if this dress might be the perfect every occasion dress for the festive season.
The background to the Grace dress is simple. Clements Ribeiro are one of the singer Adele’s favourite design duos, so much so that she asked them to create a dress for the 2012 Grammy Awards where she was expected, quite rightly as it turned out, to sweep the board. Suzanne Clements and Inacio Ribeiro created a wonderful dress in Adele’s trademark black, a dress that combined lace, mesh and pretty polka dots. The dress was heralded a success by everyone, with Adele being named one of the best dressed on the night.
Clements Ribeiro have now created a version of the Adele dress as part of the Swan collection. Christened Grace, this dress is not totally identical, amendments have been made. The underlining is now nude, the skirt is both shorter and slimmer. But the recognisable lurex spot detail is there, as is the lace of the skirt. This dress is chic cocktail hour dress that skims the body to give the wearer instant va va voom.
I love that this dress is so covered up, yet still so sexy. The sleeves are perfect if you are not happy to reveal your arms, whilst that exposed back zip is a really seductive touch. The length of the skirt is also perfect, making this a real cocktail hour piece. And I love the fact that this dress really requires no further accessorising, high heels and a touch of lippie are all this piece needs to be red carpet ready.