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Ralph and Russo

If this collection were a piece of music, it would be the Allegro movement from Vivaldi’s Concerto No. 1 in E major, otherwise known as “Spring” from the composer’s Four Seasons concertos. And despite having been composed in the early 1700s and regardless of how often it’s played (at weddings, in movies…at weddings), the music is still beautiful, still joyous, still capable of being relived. And so, even though numerous silhouettes recalled early Dior, Valentino, and Elie Saab, the packed hall in Paris’ Grand Palais was all too pleased to see the 38 looks come down the catwalk; actually, considering the standing ovation, one could assume that the audience was nothing short of elated.

The midnight blue cloak with balloon sleeves had us longing for a time when women rode side-saddle on white stallions to secret midnight rendez-vous. The pencil skirt laser-cut ivory number had us wishing for a time when Princess Grace were still alive—luckily, we still have Nicole Kidman. Black gossamer gowns were serenaded by a symphony of white and purple flowers and slender green leaves; meanwhile, the ombré pink petal dress looked like it had been picked right off a sugar cake. It was all so romantic, so elegant, so belonging to another time other than our crass, selfie-loving, buttocks-baring pop culture that is so esteemed by today’s young women. If anything, this collection was a reminder that yes, in 2015 you can still aspire to something other than latex bodycons to appear feminine and desirable.

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