Like many designers this season, Ralph & Russo took a trip through the garden to find inspiration for their Spring 2015 Couture collection. It made for a sweet, fairytale presentation, but for all of the twee softness of the looks, there were some serious, heavyweight designs. Ralph & Russo folded a subtle 1950s theme into the collection, with a silhouette that relied on a very fitted waist and a skirt that was full from the hip down (they also amped up the 50s reference with peplum detailing). Floor-sweeping opera coats added high-drama to the mix, countering the dazzling lightness of lacy gowns and gauzy frocks.
The brand’s skilled artisans developed the couture aspect of the collection with intense details – a closer look inspired awe when the microscopic stitching of branches, petals, and flower clusters were revealed. There was also intense hand-crafted layering work present in the millefeuille skirt of a periwinkle gown and on the tiered cascade of a sheer, long-sleeved shirt-dress. The overall effect of the collection left viewers with the impression that the clothes were angelic, but devilishly complicated to craft. This is Ralph & Russo’s third season on the couture schedule, and its gains as a brand are apparent in the exponential excellence of the presentation.
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