Ralph & Russo's collection was truly breathtaking, to the point where the audience's eyes were so fixated on the scene in front of them that you could hear a pin drop.
They say that envy is a bad thing. In the Christian religion, it’s one of the seven deadly sins. In Roman mythology, envy or “Invidia” is personified by a hideous woman whose visage is gnarled and twisted by the torment of wanting what she cannot have. But sometimes, envy is inescapable, as is the case with how you will inevitably feel about the women who are fortunate enough to wear the preternaturally gorgeous clothes from Ralph & Russo’s Spring 2016 Couture collection.
While this British brand is relatively new to the Paris Haute Couture Week schedule, it has been faithfully supplying the elite — like Princess Ameera al-Taweel of Saudi Arabia and music royalty Beyoncé — with some of fashion’s most fantastic creations since 2007. Ralph & Russo does not exist to challenge Couture’s conventions, but rather to perfect it via the art of the handmade. By inventing new fabrics, hand-painting techniques, and more, every single season, Ralph & Russo are innovating upon the best that couture has to offer. In addition to their ever-evolving aesthetic, Ralph & Russo also introduced bespoke corsets for Spring 2016 Couture, and experimented with pointed shape busts in order to underscore the creativity of their jaw-dropping creations. The results are nothing short of astonishing.
It takes the brand’s 120-person atelier hundreds of hours to make just one dress, but it’s hard to imagine that such perfection is wrought by human hands.
It takes the brand’s 120-person atelier hundreds of hours to make just one dress, but it’s hard to imagine that such perfection is wrought by human hands. For Spring 2016 Couture, frosty embellishment pulled elements of winter into a springtime collection, where icy, floor-sweeping dresses shared court with dreamy pastel confections that dripped with hand-painted flowers, delicate floral appliqués, and filligreed embroidery. Pale, fragile gowns shimmered with sublime inner light, but things took a turn for the serious when Ralph & Russo changed course to include stunning princess gowns in shades of jet black, with bodices made from sculpted corsets and skirts made from turgid sheer cascades of rippling mini-ruffles. One particular show-stopper deviated from the frock frenzy, displaying a sculpted two-piece suit in a giddy shock of electric blue. The whole collection was truly breathtaking, to the point where the audience’s eyes were so fixated on the scene in front of them that you could hear a pin drop. But, if you listen hard enough, you’ll be sure to hear Invidia gnash her teeth with envy.