Ralph & Russo Fall 2014 Couture Collection

Posted on July 11, 2014

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[Photo Credit: IMAXTree]

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

      They can costume our Dynasty remake.

      But I want the first one for myself, please!

      • Sophie

        I’ll take number 9! And I need someone to wear that white turban on the red carpet or in an editorial, please.

      • marlie

        Isn’t that gorgeous? I wouldn’t turn down anything from this collection.

      • Terri Ellis

        Alexis Carrington would KILL for the one with the hat!

      • sienna elm

        Absolutely stunning! Love it!!

      • Lisalady161

        You will look smashing in it, darling!

    • Gatto Nero

      Retro and pretty. Some of the pleated, fllounced gowns are bordering on overworked.

      • Lower L

        I saw the first one and thought Space-Age Betty Draper. I love a good fit & flare silhouette!

    • Julie Chase

      I want someone to line and then WERQ the shit out of that black cape dress.

      That stiff black and white towards the end made me think “vagina goiter”, so thanks for THAT image, ME.

      • blogless

        I stopped at the same one. GORGEOUS. It does need to be lined at the same time I wonder if that would take away from the overall effect.

      • demidaemon

        I had a similar feeling about those dresses, though not expressed in that particular turn of phrase. Thanks.

      • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

        Michelle Dockery or Lucy Liu? Someone whose skin would be a glorious contrast with the black velvet.

    • Glam Dixie

      It has a very vintage feel to it, but it’s absolutely gorgeous.

    • Thomas

      Some really beautiful stuff, but a lot of sheer.

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      I’m glad someone’s making beautiful Dior frocks.

      • Gatto Nero

        I lot of this is very “back in the day” Dior.

        • Carly Clement

          It also has a few dresses which look like they copied Elie Saab’s creations

      • jilly_d

        Nailed it. And great screen name BTW.

      • imustacheyouaquestion

        exactly what i was thinking!

      • vitaminC

        Dior meets Charles James. Lovely.

      • ellatheingenue

        Also very Elie Saab, no?

    • RescueMe23

      ” I like big SKIRTS and I cannot lie
      You other brothers can’t deny
      That when a girl walks in with an itty-bitty waist
      And a round thing in your face you get sprung”

      Love this collection…

      • Glam Dixie

        I so did not need that in my head but it’s stuck there now, so thanks for that. ;)

      • CatLady

        This may sound like a random question but your post reminds me of a recent trend going on in another internet forum: stairs?

        • RescueMe23

          Nope! I usually only post here – or on college basketball sites!

    • mmebam

      It really bothers me when styling choices distract from the clothing. The black cherry lips are distracting.

      • Lower L

        I actually like the lip color on most of the models. On some it doesn’t work as well, but it’s nowhere near awkward-face-mask territory.

      • evave2

        I actually think this is the first collection (including the wonderful Gaultier) that has styled the model to look beautiful. I have noticed that most of the models male and female has been either done with masks on or weird lips (heavens to betsy Thom Browne) or just so minimally with weird hair. Here the lovely lady models are lovely.

        But still only one Asian model in all the collections I’ve seen and very few black women (actually a lot more black male models). A lovely black woman here. I nitpick on this stuff just because I worship at the altar of Iman, long may she reign.

    • Anna

      Love all of it. The royal purple halter neck gown is an absolute dream. And the red one-shoulder requires a grand staircase to glide down a la Audrey Hepburn in “Funny Face,” going, “Don’t stop! Take the picture! Take the picture!”

    • Danielle

      Lupita? I know you love Prada, but your collection has arrived.

    • Kitten Mittons

      Very pretty, if not extremely original. I’ll take very pretty today, though.

      I can’t help but wonder who wants a see-through bodice, and then wants to cover up half of said bodice with a giant sideways bow, a la #13.

      For the lady who just can’t make up her mind: be both risqué and demure at the same time?

      That is a gorgeous color, though.

    • FuhUgh

      Calling Dita Von Teese. Your collection has arrived.

      • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

        Her skin with these colors would be divine!

    • In_Stitches

      I’ve seen so many of these dresses before, like, these EXACT dresses, designed by other designers in years past. That, coupled with the fact that there isn’t much of a through line running through the collection has me bristling.

    • Chaiaiai

      GIVE ME ALL THE LOOKS AND NO ONE GETS HURT.

      Except #16. Burn those hip tumors.

    • Alyssa

      Very pretty, although too much sheer. I really like #1, 12, and 18.

    • Aidan B

      Not much connectivity in the collection, but most of it is stunningly pretty. That gown with the cape, nine down? TO DIE.

      • random_poster

        That gown/cape/turban combo is a real stand-out.

    • V No Privacy

      Inspired by Frozen?

      • MK03

        There seems to be a fair bit of Elsa-inspired gowns on the horizon. But I’m cool with it; Elsa’s ice gown is my favorite Disney dress.

        • Kitten Mittons

          My nephew sat me down to watch it this weekend, and I admit that I did love that dress.

    • KateMaryC

      I am so sad that these weren’t available for this year’s Met Gala.

      • Alison

        I had the exact same thought! Half of these gowns would have been PERFECTLY on theme.

      • Carleenml

        yes, the clover inspiration… this is such a nice palate cleanser after that bathmat collection from yesterday.

    • http://www.robertjamesfischer.tumblr.com Theda

      Nothing really innovative as best, Dior and Elie Saab knock-off at worst. That Tom Ford-with-embellishment white number is very cute though.

    • nycfan

      Gorgeous stuff. I really would like to see the back detail on that white cape — I *think* I see it out of focus in the shot of the lavender gown, but would love a nice clean shot. Would adore that midnight blue gown but then it has that absurd giant bow that kills it … I will say about all these dresses with padded hips, how about getting models with actual hips instead? Cause most of us do not need padded hips …

    • MoHub

      Lot of ’50s redux, there.

    • Lex

      This is all very safe-pretty-princess. Of course it’s gorgeous and feminine… but it’s also not so original or earth-shattering. I’ve seen all of these silhouettes million times before so it lacks freshness for me. Look #18 though, the black and white dress with the black hat is stunning and dramatic. That’s the main one that stopped my mouse scroll in its tracks.

    • MoHub

      No. More. Sheer.

      Please!

      • demidaemon

        I am with you. So. Damn. Much.

        • MoHub

          Thank you. I was beginning to feel like an old prude.

    • mjude

      love it all.

    • marlie

      OMIGOD I love this! I *LOVE* the 40’s silhouettes, and I’m on board with the quasi-panniers as well. My only complaint is that none of this looks terribly original. Like, a lot of these could have been part of other designers’ collections over the past few years (Marchesa and Saab are the first two that come to mind).

      • mjude

        I know what you mean about other collections. but after burning my eyes with the bathrobe collection, this is so pleasant on the eyes :)

        • random_poster

          You nailed that one!

      • Thomas

        Some of it is very Dior New Look-esque, which would be 1947-50s. I think it’s a little bit too avant-garde for Elie Saab and too good for Marchesa. I’m having trouble imagining Marchesa putting anything out this good.

        • marlie

          The biggest one that reminds me of Marchesa include the white one, with the black flowers at the waist and that funky, architectural skirt. That, and the other two below it with the similar architectural skirts.

          The third dress down looks *exactly* like something that we’ve seen on the runway and red carpet (or in a magazine?) within the past season or so, but I can’t remember who wore it and who made it. The lavender one a couple of dresses down reminds me of Saab’s last few collections, with the ornately beaded dress and matching belt. And the two dresses with the sheer tops and strategically placed flowers (especially the red one) instantly made me think of the gown Halle Berry wore to the Oscars years ago.

          I also see (40s-50s) Dior, but I was thinking along the lines of more modern collections that this collection seems to have pulled from. Also, not ALL of it seems derivative, and “fashion” isn’t exclusive to any one designer, but there are a couple of things here that didn’t even seem like reinterpretations of something that’s already been done.

          • Thomas

            The third dress down kind of reminds me of the Givenchy Beyonce wore to the Met Gala this year. #18 down is my favorite and that’s VERY Dior New Look, along with the one below it. They don’t remind me of Marchesa, but the one that you pointed out above those two definitely does.

          • demidaemon

            I feel like the ones towards the end with the pleating are very overworked Zac Posen, as well.

        • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

          I agree, the looks are way too clean for Marchesa. Great editing instincts in most cases, though there are plenty of layers and romance. I love the avant garde aspect of a lot of the looks, it is so well done and separates this collection from the more conservative Elie Saab types.

    • Ashleigh

      Personally, I find ALL of these S P E C T A C U L A R !

    • belfebe

      This is spectacular.

    • MK03

      DAT WEDDING GOWN

    • Jennelle

      This is the first collection I have seen in ages that was straight up gorgeous…I want every single dress!!!

    • Jaeda Laurez

      This is all…pretty. But it’s not giving me “fresh”- like, that 3rd dress from the top- I KNOW I’ve seen done in white in somebody else’s collection fairly recently. I can’t remember who though. But as a bunch of wearable dresses that would look nice on a red carpet somewhere, that they are.

      • Sophie

        It reminded me of Kate Hudson’s purple jumpsuit by Armani Privé. Was that what you were thinking of?

        • Jaeda Laurez

          No, although YES to that lol. It was in all white, it almost looked chenille-y, and it was a part of someone’s lookbook and all the models were posing in a corner. I need to find this, because it looks just like it to me.

      • marlie

        I’m giving myself a headache trying to remember where I’ve seen #3. It’s driving me nuts.

    • Mothra

      wow. Some of the movement on those dresses is really quite breathtaking. Not loving the tulle action on the last few looks though. Looks like something you’d by online at a Chinese Prom dress website. It is just a matter of time before one of the Kardashians is in that black hooded one leg out number.

    • lynnlee

      Vintage and lovely. I especially like those two billowy Endora dresses.

    • lexilexi

      Mostly gorgeous, but ENOUGH with the underpants.

      • kimmeister

        Yes. To clarify, I love when people wear underpants, I just don’t want to see them myself.

    • JasmineAM

      Loving everything in this collection!

    • Jessica Freeman

      That is some gorgeous shit right there. YES. PLEASE. WANT.

    • MilaXX

      Some interesting looking pieces. I like some but many of fabrics, especially the opening pale blue, look heavy. I guess that makes sense for a Fall collection. It’s an okay collection but I’m not in love with it. Even a wedding gown with sleeves doesn’t feel more than “meh”. I would like to see a lady celeb wear that white pant/lace top look.

    • Frank_821

      Nothing innovative but it’s always nice to see true examples of haute couture and why some gowns cost $100,000

    • BellaLuv

      I’m having fun trying to pick out what celeb I would love to see in each dress!

    • somebody blonde

      Gorgeous. I especially want number 18.

    • Jeremiah Capacillo

      I was loving the collection, but while scrolling down, I realized majority of this collection were just straight ripoffs of last season Elie Saab, Dior (under Bill Gayten), 2011 Gucci, and 2013 Naeem Khan. Those Wendy Peppers.

      • marlie

        YES.

    • lilibetp

      Why don’t they ever show the back of the wedding dress?

    • Darcy H

      Is it original? Not even a little. But I’ll take pretty and derivative over “here are 10 dresses made of orange bathmats from the 70s” any day.

    • JauntyJohn

      There’s a lot here that I love, even though, as stated in other comments, I’m not sure it’s terribly original.
      But also…
      HOW IS THIS FALL?
      So much of this says “Winter!” to me… or even “Holiday Party.”
      Me am confused, color-wise lately.

    • Denise Rambo

      Love it ALL!

    • http://www.bertkeeter.com Bert Keeter

      Workmanship is spectacular but I don’t know “who” they are as designers. A lot of cliche looks and sort of all over the place. Not loving the “padded hip” things… NO WOMAN wants to add that to her silhouette!

    • David Samson

      Pretty but way to much copy/paste, I recognize Dior/Galiano, Chanel and Elie Saab in almost every design.

    • Lily

      There are some exquisite pieces here. I just hope when stylists chose these for awards season, they put linings underneath that sheer lace.

    • Sarah

      Purty, if maybe unoriginal. I love that purple flowered number.

    • jilly_d

      Quite derivative, but some of these are really beautiful, particularly the purple sheer lattice gown with the appliqués and the dove Grey gown with the jeweled belt and cape. The real question is, how long till SJP gets her mitts on the black ballgown with the white – lined flounces?

    • Deac82

      I’m seeing far too many recent references for my liking…especially for those looks that resemble Marchesa, Elie Saab, and Viktor & Rolf (that asymmetrically-cut tulle dress in particular).

    • http://viridianpostcard.blogspot.com/ viridian61

      Some beautiful textiles here! (yes I often notice this.) and masterfully handled.

      • formerlyAnon

        Yeah. Some of the dresses I do not much love are made up out of gorgeous stuff!

    • conniemd

      Why do they keep showing dresses with voluminous materials around the hips.These are size zero models with hips and skirts that like like 4X? And if they are going to do that, why not make such things for large women so they can look chic and stylist instead of just giving them empire waists?

    • Herr Meier

      they stole some ideas from Elie Saab and Dior

    • PinkyK

      Finally! Sleeves without being frumpy!

      • MoHub

        Sleeves! Period!

    • Amber J

      The wedding dress model looks like a cross between Sandra Bullock and Salma Hayek, to me.

    • EEKstl

      Stunning. That 1st flowy black chiffon number is spectacular.

    • Laura Livingston

      The first one made me shout “Dalek Dress!” Sigh, I am a Whovian. I’d give the collection a “very nice” on a scale of Meh to WOW.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      this is a beautiful collection, I especially love all the silvery ones. I do find the granny panties distracting in the few instances they appear.

    • Belvane

      Stunning. And I love the expression on the model with the fur throw: “I won’t wear this dead thing, but I’ll drag it down the runway if you insist.”

    • Audrey Lee

      WOW! This entire collection is goooorgeous.

    • David Kresner

      Some of these are gigantic. Room filling.

    • willworktomorrow

      Breathtaking. And wearable.

    • teensmom99

      I’m sorry I can’t comment because I’ve died and gone to heaven. I love these.

    • formerlyAnon

      I love a LOT of these. If rich enough, I might could even wear a few in a toned-down version.

      I think my favorites are #1, #5- though it is Much Too Much for anyone, I still love it, #9 -that dress is the perfect foil for the evening coat, though I’d ditch the headgear, and #18 (though I may be unduly influenced by the enormous sheer hat brim)

    • OffToSeeHim

      Would love to see Helen Mirren in that lilac beaded one. I saw about ten dresses that I’d love to see on the red carpet!

    • Lisalady161

      So much pretty! Love most of this, even the see-through ones. That wedding gown is seriously stunning.

    • OffToSeeHim

      Hey, so what do you guys know about the Melissa McCarthy/Christian Siriano feud? DISH!

    • LilyVanessi

      Wow. Just Wow.

    • Jeff Warhurst

      This is a Dior rip-off. Galliano showed these dresses; SS07

    • boweryboy

      Eh. Maybe I’m getting jaded. It’s serviceable and pretty and all that, but it doesn’t feel fresh or new. All of this has been done before in the past few years.

    • rh33

      Seems like many of the fall 2014 designers hit the drawing board after a Turner Classic Movies binge.

    • Qitkat

      On the whole, I really like these. Lovely palette and beading. I’ve learned to pretend linings any more.

      The fuchsia dress is beyond stunning! One of my favorites of all the collections this season.

    • frannyprof

      So gorgeous I’m not even bugged by the lace and sheer.

    • crash1212

      So pretty. Any collection with a full length, beaded cape is a winner to my eye.

    • amf0001

      how would you get there without crushing those gorgeous skirts? Seriously, you’d have to travel in a horse trailer, standing up. (and never sit down when you arrived either.) Suddenly I realize why people change after the Oscars – they can’t be seen in the garments once they have sat in them, and have to have a new one for the parties.

    • demidaemon

      1) Looks like low rent Elie Saab.
      2) Too much sheer and sheer combined with lace. NOPE.
      3) Kind of hard to find a throughline here. Every look looks like it comes from another collection.
      4) Even though I am kind of on the dislike side for this collection, there are a couple of interesting dresses. It’s just that the ratio of hit to miss is too high on the miss side.

    • Mrs. C

      Viktor & Rolf are curled up on a bathmat weeping.

      • kimmeister

        Well good thing they have so many extra bathmat pieces laying around from their production floor!

    • Snailstsichr

      Hello 1950s! Aren’t you beautiful! The shape of the wedding dress really reminds me of the one my Mother wore in 1954.

    • Shelby

      I really want to see some of the dresses near the end of the line worn at the Met Gala. Maybe Lupita could wear one and help ease the painful memory of the last Gala.

    • Dagney

      I love this, but I am officially done with visible underwear.

    • Heather

      The red one with the cape better show up on the red carpet soon, it’s so dramatic. I like it a lot.

    • kimmeister

      Not tons of originality yes, but I do have to marvel at the workmanship.

    • titaness25

      CAPES! capescapescapescapescapescapescapescapes CAAAAAAPES. And everything else is lovely too.

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      I’m loving the drama of this collection.

    • Trickytrisha

      Finally, a collection that sings. This one gives me hope.

    • PastryGoddess

      Hot Damn!!

      YAAAAAS!

    • rebeemoon

      Gaw-jus. Love the exaggerated shapes, too.

    • SuzyQuzey

      I am really tired of seeing models’ panties.

    • quiltrx

      Yes, please. Get me some linings and make me this size, and I would want every last one of these. What a gorgeous collection.

    • Ruby_Red

      Love a lot of this. Retro, but beautiful. However, I am so-o-o-o over seeing underwear through lace. Or nipples. Really, it just doesn’t work.

    • Zeee

      Most of these are amazing. I want #11.

    • sekushinonyanko

      This is giving me a lot of 50s French couture. Like, I could see Betty Draper modelling this stuff in Paris in a flashback.

    • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

      Wow. I love Retro-Futuristic design, but this is Futuristic-Retro. Very few missteps. It’s all so gorgeous, I’m in love! This is the collection I’ve been waiting for.

    • holla

      love it even if there is so much sheer

    • BlairBear

      J’adore Dior, oh wrong show

    • BayTampaBay

      Just fucking gorgeous…all of it.

    • Tami from Seattle

      Stunning!! (Except for the occasional peep of granny-panty)

    • BitterOldQueen

      Flawlessly perfect (although I’m particularly fond of the Dalek-inspired design of #s 1 and 2….)