Building on the House’s adoration for delicate femininity, decadent elegance and masterly craftsmanship, Ralph & Russo’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection brings a blend of the tradition and the modern to the forefront of the couture season, one that is regal and yet carefree.
Subtlety in springtime is the mood of the season, as the promise of renewal and a youthful spirit follow close behind with dreamlike crêpe capes and airy bell sleeves. Tender ribbons of organza in powdery hues are pin-tucked into geometric waves, cascading over corolla trains.
This season explores a defined waist with volumes unfurling and architectural contrasts to the collection’s lighter silhouettes, as modern peplum waists create a classic 1950’s hourglass shape. Corset bustiers make a rather sophisticated nod to pin-up glamour of the past, sharpening the feminine silhouette beneath sheer robes. Yet while the beauty and exquisite delicacy is emphasized with every dazzling masterpiece, the adorning of intricate techniques and shimmering crystals are an outstanding monument to the growing prowess of this particular London-based label’s outstanding craftsmanship.
Easily one of the most anticipated collections of the season, the duo behind Ralph & Russo, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, have certainly left no detail unattended: Organza petal appliqué, crystal dewdrops and three-dimensional silk threadwork appear sparkling, while micro-paillettes underlayers shimmer through geometric cut-outs; hand-painted peonies and tulips in sapphire, blush pink and lavender grey flow effortlessly, jewel encrusted or softly scrawling.
There are simply no words to express the sort of excitement I experience when waiting for a Ralph & Russo collection to be presented. In fact, I feel the same way today as I did the first time I watched their gowns walk down the runway, because with every passing season this talented British duo continues to persevere in updating classic silhouettes with modern techniques of adornment and show us all how the art of haute couture is still very much alive.
Photos: Courtesy of Ralph & Russo (Richard Bord/Getty Images)