A celebration of the universe and art de vivre of icon and French fashion designer, Jacqueline de Ribes, Ralph & Russo’s Haute Couture Fall/Winter18 collection captures the zeitgeist of the eighties and the golden age of couture through the form of the renowned Comtesse.
The design duo decided to Channel splendour, frivolity and the palette of the era, using an array of rich tones, in the form of colour blocking. Bejewelled red liquid velvet column gowns and bronze faille moirée cocktail dresses in royal purple were paired with mustard yellow or scarlet red double duchess draping.
Much like the theme, the setting was eighties inspired with neon lights and a soundtrack to match featuring eighties classic Blondie’s Heart of Glass.
The silhouettes were eighties too. Pointed shoulders, one-shoulder dresses, thigh-split gowns and dresses tightly fitted high at the waist. The colour palette was bold and bright. Jewel toned hues complemented the theme, while pastel colours were a nod to the House’s signature style.
Of course there were evening gowns. These were embellished with sparkling jewels finished with bows or layered with feathers to create show-stopping pieces demanding attention as they cascaded down the runway.
Elegant statement cocktail jewels were provided by David Morris Jeweller.