Showing for the first time in Paris, London-based Ralph & Russo went for Forties and Fifties couture glamour, bringing screen stars of yore to mind. There was a pale-pink jacket embellished with rosettes, paired with a flaring New Look skirt, and a nude silk georgette gown set off with a black velvet belt. In a more streamlined vein, a slender gown in white silk crepe was topped with a matching cape.

Given the abundance of peplum and bustles, the old-time glamour quotient ran high. Tamara Ralph, the Australian creative director behind Ralph & Russo, has a high-profile client list that already includes Beyoncé Knowles, Angelina Jolie and the Queen of Qatar, Sheikha Mozah.

This presentation marked the first time since 1915 that a British brand was invited to show on the official couture calendar — a milestone trumpeted by the Union Jack colors peppering the show.

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