Last week, I was invited to Arcadia HQ to enjoy a very special preview event of the new Swan by Clements Ribeiro for Evans collection. As I was a real fan of the last collection, this was something I definitely did not want to miss. A whole host of lovely bloggers had been invited along for a chance of having a girlie gossip, enjoying a glass of fizz, and, most importantly, getting the chance to try the new pieces on for themselves.
I truly loved the last collection, which had the theme of pin-ups, and was very Mad Men inspired. This time around, there was a very Art Nouveau feel to the collection, most notably the sketches of Aubrey Beardsley. There are beautifully printed dresses in the sort of stretch jersey fabrics that make them wonderfully comfortable to wear (whilst avoiding the ironing at all costs – hurray!). There are also pieces that have one eye looking towards the festive season, with sequins, sparkling thread and lace all making a welcome appearance. My favourite dress was a stunning beaded 1920s dress that I wouldn’t normally consider wearing due to its shapes (weren’t all flappers built like boys???), but this dress, with echoes of Gatsby and Downton Abbey was surprisingly easy to wear and quite flattering, so much so that I didn’t really want to take it off.
The showstopper of the collection is a wonderful black lace dress that is based on the design Clements Ribeiro produced for Adele to wear when performing at the Grammy awards. Slightly modified – the skirt is slimmer – this is sure to be the standout and sellout when this part of the collection hits stores in October.
The collection officially launches tomorrow, click here to read more about the collection and for email sign -ups, and watch out for a launch post tomorrow.