The Edinburgh International Fashion Festival began last Friday night with British designers Clements Ribeiro headlining the Opening Gala with their A/W collection at Edinburgh’s astonishing Mansfield Traquair against a spectacular aural landscape sculpted for the occasion by award-winning composer Marty Hailey
The collection proved to be influenced by classic British style and punk with clashing exaggerated florals. Knitwear in the collection was the main feature with a range of embroidered knitwear, colourful knits, lazer cut wool and cashmere.
This influence of classic British silhouettes and style made look after look wearable. Paneled dresses were at a flattering length you could envisage women wearing; modern minimal knitwear featured embroidered collars and sleeves. There was even a very feminine kilt. As for accessories, the collection was complimented with gold, silver and neutral brogues adding to the quintessentially British look.
And who said we have to stick with black in Autumn and colour in Summer? This rule was beautifully broken by the Clemants Ribeiro studio as although this was an A/W collection, we saw an array of colorful garments on the runway from dark jewel tones to bright floral prints.
All in all the show started the fashion festival with a bang and set the tone for a week of dramatic events. Clemants Ribeiro were the prefect duo to represent Britain at opening of the event.