Discover Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2020 collection, presented at Paris Fashion Week. View all the looks and read our review.
Pretty or disappointing? Or both? When you’re a design house as beloved as Ralph & Russo, everyone waits for your new fashion show.
Creating a mark on the world of fashion, the designer duo have become the epitome of luxurious fashion classics and elegant silhouettes. And yet, this season, I constantly had to keep reminding myself that this was indeed a Ralph & Russo collection (cough, not Elie Saab, cough!).
But then, I also have to keep telling myself this – evolving and changing direction is not a bad thing at all, especially in any creative field. So for Spring 2020, instead of those usual fitted midi-dresses and gorgeously poufy gowns that take ready-to-wear in the realm of couture, it’s time for boho maxis, jumpsuits and bathrobe-style coats.
Other than the collection’s Ralph & Russo-ishness (or lack thereof), the collection was all about comfort and style. It was boho-chic done in a luxurious way, if that’s even possible. Silhouettes also included mini-skirt suits, gowns, mini-dresses, long sheer dresses and matching sets.
There were loads of millennial-style outfits, with a very college-to-office, day-to-night vibe. One of the looks was a sweatshirt-dress worn under a lapel jacket. Another was a pair of track-pants worn over sneakers, but paired with a silk scarf and shoulder-padded jacket.
The models looked like students themselves – with messy, uncombed hair and sleep-deprivation-highlighting-eyeliner that reminded me of my grad school days.
Some pieces were oriental/Komono-inspired, and others had luxurious fur-trimmings on the decolletage or sleeves. The color palette was just as varied as the collection itself. A melange of pastels included peachy-nudes, dove, cloudy white, powder blue and baby pink. Whereas there were also brights – like mustard and raspberry red.
Overall, it’s clear that the collection focuses more on practicality and efficiency rather than on ladylike “elegance,” whatever that means. And considering we at ShilpaAhuja.com always value wearability (as long as it’s chic), we have no reason to complain. Or do we?
Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2020 Ready-to-Wear Collection: Gallery
Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion.
Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That’s how it evolved over centuries and that’s how it’s been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives.
Shilpa’s work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times.
Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book “Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India”. Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email [email protected]