The Adele Dress from Swan By Clements Ribeiro

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.

Swan By Clements Ribeiro Lace Grace Dress Price: £95.00 click to visit Evans

Loving the back detail.

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.

Swan By Clements Ribeiro Lace Grace Dress Price: £95.00 click to visit Evans

 

Swan By Clements Ribeiro for Evans – My picks

It is now available  in stores and online, and I don’t need to tell you how excited I am by this, Swan by Clements Ribeiro for Evans is finally here to ignite your Autumn wardrobe in stunning style.

I was very lucky to be able to get up close and personal with this collection, which means I was able to choose my key picks really early. So here are the pieces that you will want, your wardrobe will need, and your style and personality deserve.

Let me know your faves, or if you pick up any pieces this week.

Swan By Clements Ribeiro Placement Print Salome Dress Price: £65.00 click to visit Evans

Swan By Clements Ribeiro Floral Print Wisteria 21 Dress Price: £75.00 click to visit Evans

Swan By Clements Ribeiro Lace Grace Dress Price: £95.00 click to visit Evans

 

 

Swan By Clements Ribeiro Embellished Corsage Cardigan Price: £65.00 click to visit Evans

Swan By Clements Ribeiro Metallic Kimmy Blouse Price: £55.00 click to visit Evans

Swan By Clements Ribeiro Colour Block Doris Dress Price: £65.00 click to visit Evans

Swan By Clements Ribeiro Pansy Print Trousers Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Swan By Clements Ribeiro Pansy Print Betty Dress Price: £75.00 click to visit Evans

To view the complete collection, click here.

 

It’s here! Swan by Clements Ribeiro for Evans

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.

Swan by Clements Ribeiro Stripe and Flower Print Jersey ‘Adele' Tunic Price: £55.00 click to visit Evans

Swan by Clements Ribeiro Spot And Tulip Print ‘21' Dress Price: £75.00 click to visit Evans

Swan by Clements Ribeiro Mint Green/Putty Jersey Wrap ‘Frida' Dress Price: £70.00 click to visit Evans

Swan by Clements Ribeiro Red ‘Joan' Dress with Sequin Shoulder Embellishment Price: £75.00 click to visit Evans

Swan by Clements Ribeiro Green Printed ‘Nancy' Maxi Dress Price: £95.00 click to visit Evans

Swan by Clements Ribeiro Arrow Print ‘Sarah' Jersey Tunic Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans