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Ralph & Russo Haute Couture SS18

Ralph & Russo Haute Couture SS18

Somewhere between traditional Asian decoration and architectural details, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo invited us to plunge into the enthrallingly fairly-like scene of their imaginative Spring/Summer 2018 Haute Couture world. As the show notes revealed, the collection paid homage to the Eastern exploration of Creative Director Tamara Ralph, whilst continuously celebrating the many facets of all women.

The only existent British couture house (with an even more significant name since Meghan Markle's official engagement picture-perfect portrait) is driven by the magic that is all in the subtlety. Handwork was visible on every single piece of the collection, which brought together molded white crêpe jasmine petals, powder blue organza chrysanthemums, painted florals, decorative tassels and ostrich feather appliqué. Once again, the highlight of this collection was by far the house's unbridled romanticism, which was perfectly created for modern day royals. Hand sculpted layers referred to sacred eastern architecture while Kimono-style silhouettes went alongside delicate see-through gowns and reminded of mermaid dreams come true.

Pearlescent cream shades, silver, lavender, mint and yellow accompanied by imperial red, pink and midnight blue formed the palette of Ralph & Russo's Spring/Summer season. It seemed though, that the aesthetic of this collection was not necessarily targeting eveningwear. The lineup showed a dazzling array of nighttime couture with a similar attention to daywear. However, besides all the fairy-like silhouettes and endless layers of tulle, there were contemporary approaches as well, streamlining with sharply cut bustier shapes and modern textures throughout the entire collection. Just take the yellow off-the-shoulder satin gown, with a draped bodice and asymmetric cape adorned with silk fringing. The collection showed 56 looks and no two looks were alike. Underlining the luxury and unique nature behind each piece, the duo translated the recently collected inspiration into the almost infinite creative possibilities of couture. The show reached its climax in delivering a fairytale finale modelled by Brazilian blogger Camila Coelho in a double duchess wedding gown seemingly made to take everyone’s breath away. Creating opulence has become the Australian duo's signature, only this time the otherwise unparalleled Ralph & Russo girl might rather be a modern woman.
By Marie