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.

Caro Emerald – new style crush.

Strictly come Dancing isn’t usually  the place to discover a new style crush, but that is exactly what happened on the Sunday night result show. Caro Emerald was the guest singer, and she was totally amazing.

A bit of research told me that Caro is currently  the biggest star in Dutch music, and is sure to be a sensation here very soon. A jazz singer who channels the spirit of Billie Holiday, I was totally enthralled by Caro’s voice, music, but, most  of all, her unique retro styling.

Caro has a stunning hourglass figure that she dresses to its best advantage by pouring it into outfits that reflect 50s styling.  The red dress she wore on Strictly was a clear example of this, clinging to her curves in a way that made her look like a screen goddess from the golden age of Hollywood. With vampish red lips and a Billie Holiday like flower in her hair,she was 100% glamour, totally Hollywood. I just adored this look and wanted to see more.

And after tracking down more pictures of Caro’s style, I can confirm she is a girl from another age. Nipped in waists, full skirts, berets and gardenia’s all feature heavily in this girls wardrobe.

What I really love about Caro’ style is that it is a fabulous celebration of her curves. Not super slim, Caro has curves in all the right places and embraces them in clothes that fit the form.  And although black does play a heavy part in her wardrobe, she is not afraid to embrace bight colours -just like that Strictly dress.

 

Evans Collection-Modern Classics.

Evans Collection is launched in early May. Comprising of a series of classic pieces, in a range of neutrals and black, this is a collection that will add style to your wardrobe and be worn for years to come.

The collection includes all the seasons key themes, maxi  skirts and dresses, harem pants and pleated skirts. The colours are kept muted, and then teamed with black for striking colour block looks. The overall feel is of a classic wardrobe, but with a contemporary,modern feel.

The collection is modelled by gorgeous rising star Marquita Pring,who first came to prominence when she was featured in  V Magazine’s ‘Curves Ahead’ issue in 2010. She is a perfect,stunning canvas for this collection.

I love this collection because it isn’t merely ‘trendy’. Evans seems to understand that in this time of recession we want more from our wardrobe pieces than just trendiness – they need to earn their keep by being pieces we could wear time and time agin. Take the dress below –  it is just so versatile. You could add toe post sandals for a hot Summers day, or you could add a thick white leather belt and black wedge sandals for a day at the office, in  winter just add a chunky cardigan and boots and take it into the next season. A totally wearable classic.

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Evans Collection launches instore and online in early May.