Swan by Clements Ribeiro for Evans Pt 2 – It’s almost here!

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.

with fellow Brummie Blogge Diane wearing the Swan collection

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 Adele dress - Love!

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.

Style Icons of the month February – Rihanna and Adele

This is the first month where I’ve felt the need to add an ‘s’ to Icon, because this month was dominated by two ladies who require no surname, Adele and Rihanna. Other than the lack of surnames, these ladies don’t really have that much in common musically or stylewise, but they do have the knack of turning all eyes towards them when they walk the red carpet. And each has been rocking some seriously retro style this month, with Rihanna channelling Studio 54 glamour with a touch of Michelle Pfeiffer circa Scarface, whilst Adele shows she is the natural descendant of 1940s era Rita Hayworth with soft waves and shimmering evening attire.

This month they stole the show and fashion plaudits at the Grammys and the Brits in totally different looks. Here are some of the reasons why they win Best dressed for February.

Get the Look – Rihanna and Adele

Holly Willoughby Jersey Bustier Maxi Dress

Akiko Dress – Ruched Slit Maxi Dress £83.83 

Grazia Lace Tunic Dress £32

Belted Crêpe Maxi Dress £48 

TOTEM Lebion VF023 Black Dress £57.50 

Halter Neck Slinky Maxi Dress Black 

 

Teatro Lace Long Sleeve Prom Dress £69