10 July 2014

The second official haute couture collection of Ralph and Russo is certainly a go-run. And fast.

After having a spectacular warming up last january, getting used to the attention of having 'haute couture from Paris' label does no harm; it could be overwhelming, but again, it's exciting.

It was a word-of-mouth ourney of a fashion house. Inspite of having designed for Holywood and Arabian royalty, Ralph and Russo was almost unknown for fashion outsiders. However, it all now changes. and With 400 percent of year-to-year growth, it is indeed a good fabulous year for this British label - which the first in a century of time to be included in the official calendar by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Having a "passive financial investment", acording to Vogue UK, from British tycoon John Caudwell completes it. And the result: a full force entering the prestigious couture arena.

It seems that Tamara and Michael understand what the clients want, and they escalate it even more. Inspired by legendary interior photographer Massimo Listri, whose capability of capturing the shapes and shades of a room has seen him gain unprecedented access to restricted places like Palazzo Pitti and Vatican Museum, this collection shows the world what they are capable of, constructing garments in the form of extravagant powder pink silk faille ball gowns, wool crepe off shoulder dress with crystal and pearls embellishment, silver French Chantily lace worked intricately on a fishtail gown, and floor-sweeping silk-chifons in folds and shapes. This lavish cordon of gowns, tenderly blended with the play with light, reflected by tens of thousand of crystals and ten giant mirrors erected as backdrops, with the tone of blue, red, lavender (it kept changing during the show, a challenge for us the photographers, testing our technical ability to the max), with the grandeur voluminous gowns in duchess satin, and combination of various materials like velvet and fox fur, it was as so to say, this is the true ultimate elegance.

No coincidence that they're in the last in the callendar. They saved the best for the last.