February 2, 2016 

By Marcellous L. Jones

Photos Courtesy of Ralph & Russo

Paris, France –  For Spring/Summer 2016 the house of Ralph & Russo flexes the muscle of its creative genius. The new collection reads like a breath of fresh air passing over a night’s delight of beauty.

Appliqués, lace, silk chiffon, silk crepe, embroideries, feathers and draping are among the elements that the British couture duo calls upon in the construction of this new work. Its silhouettes pass between flowing materials and structures. They reveal the shoulders, cinch the waist and bring attention to the hips. Their cuts and proportions result in a divine opus for the season.

In terms of cut, color, and fit, no reproach can be imagined. Ralph & Russo create their work on a backdrop of pastel hues of peach, pink, white, blush, blue and lilac. Only black and royal blue interrupt the domination of the powdery colour palette. And to them we find brilliant golden and silvery appliqués added in the embroideries that embellished the looks.

Though the gowns enjoy their fair share of the designers’s attention, it is their expertise with the suits that deserves all of our applause. In today’s world of couture, it’s no secret that most houses with the calling to do couture or dare I say “haute couture” excel in the creation of gowns. However, many are not as skilled in creating more structured suits and daywear. Ralph & Russo does exemplary in the matter.

 

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE - Spring/Summer 2016

RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE – Spring/Summer 2016