Preen previewed their most girly collection yet as they continued with clever cutting and simple, sexy silhouettes. White lace, ruffles and a once-floral print pixilated into a pattern of lemon yellow and bubble gum pink began the show. However, things darkened toward the end with a black floral motif, perfect for the professional woman. The design duo proves they are still going strong as their silhouettes become more streamlined and their collections more sophisticated.
Suzanne Clements and Inacio Ribeiro used extremely personal inspiration, their home and studio, as the source of the show’s fruition. Nineteenth century wallpaper and lace, sixties uniforms, and new volume evolved into striped lace pencil skirts and a longer hemline. A newer, more athletic element featured silk pants and shorts, matching racerback tanks and boxy tees. Still, the Clements Ribeiro show could only be described as sensationally sweet, with its romantic touch of home.
With It-girl Pippa Middleton (and chairwoman Camilla Al Fayed) attached to the brand’s name, the buzz about the Issa label could signal tremendous expansion. This season displayed pretty dresses, the most coveted being the frocks in white eyelet and black and metallic lace. Drawing on Rio de Janeiro, a natural muse, the tropical pineapple and palm leaf prints decorated both suits and dresses. To continue with the theme, a variety of swimwear and cover-ups popped on the runway to complete the 40 piece production, sure to be seen around town come spring..
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