REVIEW: Ralph & Russo Ready To Wear SS18

Monday, October 09, 2017

Lace flares, sheer dresses, belted waists and laser cut panelled skirts were seen floating along the Ralph & Russo runway for their SS18 Collection during London Fashion Week. The British luxury brand stepped back from their usual extravagant couture pieces for this collection, giving us an amazing selection of ready-to-wear pieces that will be fully stocked in their briskly expanding retail network. With around 200 Seats filled with clientele enthusiastically ready for the live presentation ahead of them, the show was nothing short of stunning.
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Ralph & Russo is a luxury British brand controlled by Australian couple Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo. Their pieces have been graced on the red carpet by many celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Blake Lively and many more. With a client list that has grown to a several thousand, they can be compared with any of the dignified French maisons.

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Dancing silhouettes masqueraded down the runway escorted by the buzzing sound waves of Electro pop. With the models surrounded by white branded lampposts and light grey pillars, this set the ambiance for a series of luxurious, classic and sophisticated looks. Including pleated dresses, frilled panelled dresses and hints of oriental prints - the colour palette was made up of midnight blue, ivory, pastel blues, metallic and olive greens.
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Tantalised by the array of fabrics used; appearing in the distance gliding towards the end of the runway came a silk, pastel blue jumpsuit. Its whimsical silhouette shimmered whilst grasped with a floral textile belt around the waist. Engulfed in frills and pleats from the neckline down, this piece embodied the brands love for detailing.

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Co–ord at its finest, the abstract zip function petty coat emerged from the runway accompanied by a matching cropped top and pencil skirt. Detailing featured origami like folds embedded onto the front panels of skirt and bodice, and the coat. The look was completed with silver metallic court heels and a sparkly silver handbag.

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A halter neck collared blouse tucked into oversized culottes gathered at the waist, and emphasised by a wide white waist belt was another look I adored. Styled again with a simple court shoe, Ralph and Russo show us how simple can be stylish.
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The makeup looks featured heavy under eyeliner in metallic colours, paired with nude lips. For hair, straight tresses were slicked back behind the ears.
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Overall this collection is a fashion fanatics dream - the presentation of metallic oversized denim jackets, sophisticated trench bodice jumpsuits and the brands classic whimsical sheer and lace gowns was literally orgasmic. Spring Summer 18 is set to be a luxurious season.
Words By: Henrietta Darko

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