The British couture house Ralph & Russo builds on its adoration of delicate femininity, decadent elegance and masterly craftsmanship. Their Haute Couture Collection Spring/Summer 2016 heralds Spring; that promise for renewal and frisson of youth.
All is dreamlike and weightless, echoed in billowing crêpe capes, airy bell sleeves and clouds of gazar. Tender ribbons of organza in powdery shades are pin-tucked into geometric waves, cascading over mighty corolla trains – light as butterfly wings.
Organza petal appliqué glistens with crystal dewdrops amidst three-dimensional silk threadwork. Micro-paillettes underlayers shimmer through geometric cut-outs, recalling the iridescence of natural grey pearls. And crystal drops shower column dresses with effervescent sparkle.
Erogenous is the waist; a defined line wherefrom abundant volumes unfurl. Peplums, architectural and graphic, bring a modern definition to the quintessential hourglass of the 1950s. And corseted bustiers gesture at pin-up glamour, sharpening silhouettes beneath sheer, diaphanous robes.
VIDEO: RALPH & RUSSO HAUTE COUTURE SHOW SPRING/SUMMER 2016
Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo presented their new couture collection in Paris on 25 January 2016.
RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE SPRING 2016
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