Being Australian (even if only according to my passport) I have really enjoyed viewing this Haute Couture collection of elaborate luxury gowns designed by Australian-born-British-based design due Ralph & Russo. My fist reference to the brand was when Beyoncé wore some of their lacy numbers on her Mrs Carter tour. Today Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo represent the only fashion company acknowledged by the Fortune magazine and count the likes of Angelina Jolie, Sheikha Mozah of Qatar and Princess Ameera al-Taweel of Saudi Arabia as their loyal clients.
Ralph & Russo launched their label in London six years ago and have already been recognised by Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture – the body that decides which fashion houses make the cut. This means they will show alongside the ranks of Valentino and Dior. As Julien Macdonald (who designed Haute Couture for Givenchy) pointed out: “The French take it really seriously. To be acknowledges by the Chambre is something that many designers try for but only a few ever manage to achieve.”
While Ralph & Russo have never staged a regular catwalk show, they possess, according to the Chambre’s president Didier Grumbach, that “Savoir Faire” which he considers is in danger of being lost in the modern age.