Ralph & Russo
Spring/Summer 2019 - Paris Haute Couture
Sponsor: Sweet Squared/CND
Team Nickie Rhodes-Hill
Sherrie Farris, Marie-Louise Coster, Emma Thorne, Jasmin Samavati,
Sylvie Vacca Puzin, and myself
Team Nickie Rhodes-Hill were asked again to provide a nail look for Ralph & Russo this haute couture season.
The day started with team meeting up at 5am at a freezing cold Ebbsfleet for the first Eurostar to Paris. After grabbing some strong coffees, we boarded the train. The journey flew by with lots of nail talk – and soon we were in Paris and heading for the Metro.
As there were a few hours to kill before show time, we had a late breakfast at a little café in La Place de la Republique, a short walk from the show venue at Carreau du Temple.
Call time was 12.30, and after settling into the Glam area, we all got down to manicuring the models as they arrived. The nail look for the show was a pristine manicure with one coat of CND Vinylux in “Satin Slippers” (a new colour, launching soon) and Weekly Top Coat. Satin Slippers was chosen because of its nude, sheer, gossamer look which enhanced the colour of the natural nail plate, creating a chic, understated yet super shiny nail look to complement the beautiful fabrics of the collection. The bride this year was Elza Hosk, Swedish supermodel and Victoria’s Secret Angel.
The Ralph & Russo couture collection for Spring/Summer 19, was a celebration of Latin American femininity in tribute to the style legacy of La Doña, Maria Felix. She had an empowered persona, a daring sensuality and was totally fearless in the spirit of fashion.
Wide brimmed hats, a samba of Mexican colours, tassels, pom-poms; a playful, yet alluring throwback to the unparalleled glamour that she portrayed during the golden age of Hollywood cinema. Embroidered, coiled serpents, reptilian scales, beaded bananas, bejewelled cut out hearts in tribute to cinema icons, Josephine Baker and Carmen Miranda.
The whole collection exuded the ideas and memories of warm and sultry, yet chic South American summers and la Vida Bonita.
As the guests arrived to take their seats, they were serenaded by a wonderful Mariachi band .. then the lights dimmed about 5.30pm .. and showtime .. After 15 minutes of the spectacular “défilé de mode” of the new season’s collection, the show was over to rapturous applause for Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo for their couture vision.
Once we were packed up, said our goodbyes to hair and makeup, and the team photo taken, it was back out into the freezing cold and three stops on the Metro back to the Gare du Nord. A lovely dinner at our favourite French restaurant next to the station, where the owners remembered us from last season and then it was check in time for our train back to the UK.
As ever, Team Nickie Rhodes-Hill, did Ralph & Russo, CND, themselves and me proud. They worked their socks off with such calm. It is always a very, very long day but their dedication, professionalism and amazing work ethic, is second to none.
Next stop … London Fashion Week!