A favorite design house for the A-list red carpet, Ralph & Russo keeps stepping up their game. For the Spring 2017 couture collection, the magic team Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo wanted to offer a variety of red carpet worthy looks to every type of woman, focusing around the thought of empowerment. With Kirsten Dunst in attendance, I’m wondering if we might see one of these dresses on her in one of the coming awards shows….
The runway show opened with a few daytime looks in dreamy white silks embellished in glass, beading, and pearls – anything but blasé everyday. There were a couple of shoulder baring vintage-inspired high-waist pencils, a skirt suit trimmed with scalloped edging, and a crop top over wide trousers, both trimmed with pearl and glass beads.
And quickly, the day looks were taken over by the red carpet worthy dream world of Ralph & Russo, oh-my-gosh-what-am-I-seeing moments. Sure, there were a few expected looks, but then there were the straight across architectural necklines on gowns embellished in dazzling crystals outlined in geometric shapes, a sheer number with blue feathers acting as cut fringe in an Art Deco motif with capped sleeves, and another stunning blue number with gold foil florals.
There were several looks catering to the current trend, like the total sheer dress outlined in crystals – sure to be worn by a daring star meant to make a wow statement. There was also some play in draping and ruching around necklines, toying with the sweetheart off-the-shoulder, some high slits, plunge necks and a couple of great pieces showcasing lace work.
Actually, this is just as much a nod to the past as it is modern. There are so many vintage-inspired looks in this collection that I’m just in love with – some classic bombshell, some lean 20’s, but all done with incredibly inventive techniques like the metallic rose gold fringe dress – cropped fringe seems to be a theme on some runways – the velvet lined train, and the long sleeve sheer maxi with gold and crystal patterns across horizontal sections, with a vertical feather neckline. Wooh!
The show ended on the bridal end – in big, over-the-top looks in tulle and organza ballgowns that will certainly make a statement for the celebrity/royal/owning it bride.