For its second show in Paris, London-based Ralph & Russo took a cue from interiors photographer Massimo Listri — especially the details and light in his images. Most pieces in this collection shimmered with crystal and pearl embellishments, decorating, for instance, a blue-gray sable dress and an off-white number in wool crepe. This opulent line also included jumpsuits and ballgowns chockablock with dramatic ruffles, trailing trains and sweeping capes — all in lush colors such as dark purple, midnight blue and crimson.
Some less voluminous looks included a gown in magenta and black organza with Perspex flowers and velvet details, and a black silk dress with tulip sleeves.
The label late last month said it has a new minority investor: John Caudwell, the British businessman and philanthropist who made his fortune with mobile phones. At the time Ralph & Russo, whose creative director is Tamara Ralph and president and chief executive officer is Michael Russo, said the investment would fuel its diversification and expansion.