Ralph & Russo Autumn/Winter 2016/2017 Couture Collection

Presenting a sylvan scene that emulates the perfection and chaos of nature’s enchanted realms, Ralph & Russo's Autumn/Winter 2016/2017 collection is alive with cascading blossoms, laser-cut butterflies, dewy tulle sheaths and metallic dragonflies.


A renewed interpretation of a fantastical wilderness and its binaries, the collection pursues the intersection between dusk and dawn, the romantic and the mystique. From draped satins and floor-sweeping organza trains with voluminous frills, to shades of 70’s bohemia present in smocking, oversized hats, braiding and fringing; Ralph & Russo's woodland muse is femininity in motion. A silken silhouette embroidered and delicately hand painted with blooms reminiscent of 19th century Italian tapestries.


Tailored jackets in ice-white cashmere feature alongside a nightshade satin bomber adorned with hand cut mink pom-poms. Plunging stalactite necklines and cocoon capes are illuminated with bronze, silver and gold, iridescent in the changing light.  


Kaleidoscopic and euphoric in tone, autumnal burgundy and midnight blue silk zibeline’s are infused with a muted, subtle palette of cornflower, apricot, lavender and dusky rose chiffons. Evergreen shades of flora and fauna are ruched and ornately embellished with the finest micro-beads, metallic barley stalks and feathers, intricate glass-beaded bumble-bee and beetle broaches, unifying design and humanity's earthly connection to nature. 


Punctuated by laser cut taffeta forms, bold floral prints and bohemian mini skirts, the Autumn/Winter 2016/2017 couture collection is a fantasia redefining artistry and reinterpreting the eternal cycle of being. Australian model Shanina Shaik closed the show in a stunning wedding dress that was embroidered with thousands of tiny beads creating a magical floral pattern!

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