Clements Ribeiro Creates Plus Size Collection with Evans

London fashion brand to watch, Clements Ribeiro, has teamed up with Evans to design a a standout collection for full-figured women.

London fashion brand to watch, Clements Ribeiro, has teamed up with Evans to design a a standout collection for full-figured women. Marie Claire has the US exclusive.
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Graceful as a Swan
The much anticipated "Swan" collection by Clements Ribeiro, designed in collaboration with Evans, will launch online on March 30th (and in stores on April 2nd, if you're lucky enough to be in the UK), and we've got a sneak peek at what you can expect from the range! The husband-wife duo are one of the most exciting and heralded teams in the UK fashion scene, so it's no surprise that I'm swooning over everything in the collection — from heart-printed, tapered pants, to a sexy eyelet little-black-dress. If I'm lucky enough to get my hands on some pieces, they're definitely going to be in key rotation on my "date nights" this spring and summer!
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Graceful as a Swan
I spent a few moments catching up with Suzanne and Inacio, and got the scoop on what to expect! How did you get involved with Evans? Evans approached us about this time last year. Until then, we were not thinking about plus-sizes, but were instantly fascinated. Clearly, there was a great opportunity there to do some great work. We also liked them all straight away; they are really committed to their customer and we really clicked with their team! Arrow Print Shell Top, $72
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Graceful as a Swan
What attracted you most about collaborating with a plus-size, high-street brand? The possibility to do some pioneering work, and lending our design skills to a market/customer that has largely been neglected by high fashion. How is designing for full-figured bodies different than designing for the standard 0-12 (US) size run? Shapes become really important and proportions are quite different. Comfort and respect are essential and fashion ideas need to be adapted to that, they cannot be imposed at will. Cutword Dress, $144
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Graceful as a Swan
What shapes and silhouettes do you think are essential in every curvy woman's wardrobe? A sexy dress that makes the most of her shape and accentuates her assets — like a great neckline, for example. A great coat that doesn't swamp her in fabric and elongates her figure — in cotton drill for the summer, and in a great wool blend for winter. And right now, spot on trend, a great pair of trim printed trousers. Choose the print that cheers you up and that blends well with your separates! Which pieces in the Clements Ribeiro for Evans range stand out as your must-haves? We are very partial to the pieces with the love heart print. They are cute and very versatile. We love the black cotton eyelet dress, the "LBD" of the range, a piece that Adele would definitely wear. And of course, the coat with micro-print of swallows. All girls look great in it. Floral Printed Smock Dress, $120
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Graceful as a Swan
One of your most famous and celebrated clients is Adele. She even blew away everyone at the Grammy's while wearing one of your stunning frocks. What does Adele mean to you as a fashion icon? She is great as a fashion icon because she sticks to her personal style. She loves fashion, but in public, she wants to be her own brand, not a fashion billboard. The fact that she is so gorgeous and comfortable in her own skin — and body — makes her even more of an inspiration than she already is as a singer. Besides, she is the most gorgeous person, and a real joy to work with which is really refreshing and makes the whole process a pleasure, from start to finish. What are your do's and dont's when designing for full figures? Do you have any fashion rules? There are lots of unwritten rules, but most rules can be broken, with wisdom and design talent! Heart Cardi, $64
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Graceful as a Swan
How does being a man and woman team influence your design process? We are not too trapped in a fantasy world of fashion pin-ups: we think of women as real people because of the respect we share. Matchstick Print Trouser, $72
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Graceful as a Swan
What has been one of the most memorable things that have happened throughout preparing this collection? Doing the campaign shoot with gorgeous Tara Lynn and Robyn Lawley was a highlight. There was real fun throughout the day — and they looked so sexy and empowered! Red Dress, $120
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Graceful as a Swan
What can we look forward to with the AW12 Clements Robeiro for Evans range? The Fall range is more fashion confident than the first one, as we gained experience and momentum. It is much closer to our current work at our own range. There are quite a few sophisticated options, a few of which are versions of dresses we created for Adele. Prints and colors are really directional — all in all, the range has grown in fashion and quality content. We are very excited about it. Prices range from $70 - $160. Pansy Printed X Front Dress, $112
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