Couturiers Ralph & Russo are set to make fashion history tomorrow – they will become the first British brand in over 100 years to be officially welcomed onto the Paris Couture Fashion Week schedule by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. The last designer to do so was Lady Duff-Gordon, who went by the name ‘Lucile’.
The label was founded in 2007, founded by Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, and has dressed Beyoncé and Angelina Jolie.
On being invited to show in Paris, Ralph described it as the “ultimate distinction” in fashion. “It’s something we’ve wanted for such a long time. We have a high-profile clientele and perhaps that helped; we were what the Chambre de Syndicale was looking for. There was a gap for a label that was glamorous, elegant and feminine. Design is one thing, but craftsmanship is just as important and many of our team have been trained by the Syndical. We’re ready for it.” For its part, the Chambre Syndicale commented, “We expect savoir faire, which is being lost, and they [Ralph & Russo] have it”.
The duo dedicate themselves to the world of bespoke couture, having never created a ready-to-wear line. The majority of couturiers are based in Paris, but Ralph & Russo bucks this trend, working from a studio in London.
The pair are tight-lipped on what the collection will hold, but did reveal: “It will be very feminine, of course, and it’s inspired by the Forties and Fifties – there’ll be some structured florals. We’ve never shown in the past and we’ve held onto our exclusivity, and now we’re finally in a position the world who Ralph & Russo is.”