From Tokyo in Japan to picturesque villages in China, exotic Asian destinations inspired the Australian duo behind Ralph & Russo to create a stunningly versatile couture spring 2018 collection which they showcased in Paris. They were impressed by the “femininity of the girls there and how elegant they are”.
Divine floral embellishments in delicate pastel shades reflected the mood of spring which defined the whole collection featuring 54 stunning pieces which included both silky kimono-style dresses and shimmery metallic party outfits. The key colour of the season was girly pink, but there were also plenty of bridal whites and ivories along with some sultry shades such as black and forest green. Each dress told a different story and we have seen so many unique silhouettes ranging from 1940s inspired cocktail frocks styled with decadent headbands to impressive fairy tale ballgowns.
The focus was on ornaments on dresses which were really bold and glamorous. They were often over-the-top but never too much. Feathers, ruched tulles, gleaming crystals, extremely long gleaming tassels and handmade 3-dimensional blossoms perfectly complemented glam silhouettes and chic embellished hair accessories which were sometimes paired with mini net veils.
The Ralph & Russo bride is always extravagant but fashion-savvy and we were overwhelmed by the wedding-worthy looks, especially the wedding gown which closed the show! The key wedding gown was a double duchess piece in an off-white colour featuring a fitted sweetheart bodice and an oversized and very heavy skirt generously adorned with crystals, pearlescent beads, embroidery and floral appliques. The finishing touch was a never-ending embellished bridal veil with scalloped edges and the model was the Brazilian influencer Camila Coelho who now has 7 million followers and was perfectly suited for the role.
Some colourful pieces could easily double as bridesmaid's dresses, especially the draped floor-length frocks. Vibrant pinks, reds, fuchsias and mustard greens are definitely a fresh and exciting twist on the traditional bridesmaid dress colour palette, while the cuts were fashionably structured and accentuated with asymmetric cuts.
And to top it all off, a bold red lipstick paired with perfectly groomed brows, subtle eyeshadow and defined eyelashes was a make-up look definitely worth considering for your big day.
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