Ralph & Russo restores Old Hollywood glamour to the couture lineup for Fall 2014 with an impressive display for its second appearance on the official Paris calendar. Drawing from the couture archives, Tamara Ralph & Michael Russo demonstrated an impressive range of decorative and draping techniques that made their luxurious gowns and dresses gleam under after-hours runway lighting. When dusk emerges, socialites come out to play in 1950s off-shoulder metallic dresses, gowns padded at the hip, and divinely sculpted silhouettes featuring waterfall ruffles. For its Fall 2014 Couture collection, Ralph and Russo riffed on the interior photography of Massimo Listri, playing up his ability to create immense depth via a 2-D image by relying on their own sculptured interior structure, which buoyed dense gowns along a mirrored runway. From time to time, fabric choices felt slightly clumsy, with some appearing too heavy (with layered gazar silk) and others too light (with sheer overlays). Dramatic looks closed the show and proved that Ralph & Russo’s strength lies with red carpet gowns that flatter the female form with exaggerated hips and gorgeous necklines. This second foray on the official couture calendar did not disappoint, but did leave room for improvement.
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