Ralph and Russo’s Fall 2016 haute couture collection debuted in Paris this week, taking me back to childhood memories and a time when the secret garden was real.
When I was a little girl, I dreamed of living in the secret garden. On warm sunny days, I’d stroll about our plain back yard imagining a maze of pathways, trickling fountains and gardens plush with colorful and fragrant blooms. Where we had marigolds I envisioned peonies. Where we had a picnic table, I saw towering statues. My imagination would run wild, transforming me from Midwest suburbia to an enchanting fairy tale garden ripe with adventure.
Now as an adult, I dream of someday attending a Ralph & Russo haute couture show in Paris. Lusting over their beautiful couture creations has become a beloved biannual tradition of mine. I dream of jetting across the world to see Tamara Ralph’s larger than life gowns float down the runway, stepping straight out of a fairy tale.
As it turns out, my childhood of dream of living in the secret garden and my adulthood desire to attend a Ralph & Russo show are not all that different. Both are anchored to preserving a sense of romanticism that is somehow lost on the general world we live in today.
The Ralph & Russo Fall 2016 haute couture collection answers that longing for romance with cascading blossoms, floor-sweeping organza trains and enchanting midnight blue silk gowns. Models waltz in an elegant parade down the runway in a collection rich with intrigue. Dramatic slits in full satin gowns, flowing chiffon capes and floral embellishments bring a mixture of texture and movement to the collection that honors a euphoric tone.
The FW16 collection brings to life those visions of my childhood secret garden and the dream of living in a world where everything is beautiful and kind. This is that feeling, that whimsical sense of wonder that I look forward to enjoying twice a year and long to see one day first-hand. As the world and our day-to-day lives are faced with so many challenges, a celebration of beauty and elegance is a safe place I wish we could all get back to.
Here’s to childhood imaginations, a never-ending dream of beauty and real life fairy tales. Thank you to Ralph & Russo for creating beautiful masterpieces each season that bring that lost romance back to life. Both fashion and the world need it.
To see Ralph & Russo’s Fall 2016 haute couture collection in action, view the runway video on their website, here.
As always, stay stylish and keep chasing your dreams!