Established in 2007, Ralph & Russo is the first and only fashion house elected by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to showcase their collection at Paris Haute Couture Week alongside big names such as Chanel, Dior and Valentino.
With their latest collection, Australian born designers Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo paid homage to Italian photographer Massimo Listri, renowned for his incredibly detailed and beautifully illuminated images of luxury interiors. The opening piece was a fifties style off-the-shoulder dress in ice blue with pearl and crystal embellishments, which could easily be translated to a wedding gown, just like many other looks from the show in soft pastel shades.
The most impressive bridal outfit was the closing piece that featured a six metre long train and gleaming tulle overlay with hand-painted Chantilly lace pattern, perfectly portraying Listri’s work and capturing the essence of the entire collection. It took 3,900 hours to finish and is adorned with 40 different types of beads and 25 types of Swarovski crystals.
Celebrating old-world couture, Ralph & Russo worked with ladylike silhouettes with narrow waists and exaggerated hips and used luxury fabrics like silk gazar, duchess satin, chiffon, tulle and silk crepe to create amazing folds and shapes which are very flattering to the female body. One of the biggest qualities of their design is their intricate beadwork done by Lesage-trained embroiderers and it looked very impressive in their latest collection.