Spring 2019 Haute Couture: Ralph&Russo’s Samba of Pop Colors

Ralph&Russo looked far afield for Spring/Summer 2019 and greeted their guests with a Mariachi band setting the tone for their collection inspired by the vibrant culture and colors of Latin America.

Inspired by the stylish legacy of La Doña, the Mexican screen legend Maria Felix, the collection was a rich samba of sixties pop colours, layered tassels, pom-pom fringed skirts and wide brimmed sun hats; at once playful, alluring and reminiscent of the glamour portrayed by Felix and the stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood Cinema.

Embroideries are reptilian, taking the form of coiled serpents and crocodile scales in lieu of Felix’s famous bejewelled choker, whilst graphic ‘pop’ cut-out hearts and beaded bananas adorn ballgowns in tribute to cinematic icons, Carmen Miranda and Josephine Baker.

Tailored safari suits are reimagined in bubble-gum pink and acid green, featured alongside bare-shouldered ballgowns juxtaposed in light floating chiffon and structured double duchesse, embellished with traditional French embroidery but bonded with neoprene.