Ralph & Russo SS20 – Couture Collection
20 January 2020
Stylist: Elizabeth Saltzman – Stylist to many A-listers
Hair: Larry King – Sponsored by Dyson
MUA: Sam Bryant (Bryant Artists) with Dominic Skinner (from BBC Glow Up) Sponsored by MAC cosmetics
Nails: Nickie Rhodes-Hill and Team – Sponsored by Sweet Squared/CND
This season we were asked again to provide a nail team for Ralph & Russo for the Spring Summer 2020 collection at Paris Haute Couture.
My personal alarm call was at 3.15am and most of us met at the Eurostar terminal at Ebbsfleet about 5am as we were all arriving from different areas.
Like all seasons, we took the first Eurostar to Paris; it was a freezing morning so strong coffee was a must along with a bit of sustenance for the journey. The train arrived in Paris 20 mins late so we headed straight to the venue, close to Place de la Republique, as this year the call time was at 10.45am.
As we were early and the first team to arrive at the venue, Carreau du Temple, we set up the space allocated to us and then had the time to go to the local café and have a quick breakfast before the models were due to arrive.
The nail colour this season, CND Vinylux in Blush Teddy, was chosen to compliment the sheer gossamer-like fabrics. A single layer of colour plus the glossy Longwear Top Coat to create the sheer quality required yet provide a colour to suit the collection.
The collection itself was in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the brand and took the direction of the ten shapes that were popular with their well-heeled clientele who are always on the lookout for a showstopping outfit.
Both Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo are Australian, so there was a side collection of t-shirts “Save Australia” for the models to wear when they did their run through (which was filmed) and the entire collection was dedicated to the devastation in Australia caused by the bushfires
Back to the SS20 show collection: signature shapes of the past decade, signature fabrics – tweed, delicate silk, gossamer-thin organza, beaded embellishment, elaborate embroidery, corseted dresses, high class powersuits, architectural ballgowns – with a loyal clientele loving the leg-baring looks of each season over the past 10 years but with a new decade - a new iconic twist.
Moving forwards into a new decade, the couture clientele are ever younger and the signature showstoppers move forwards with the high class craftsmanship that Ralph & Russo are continually renowned for.
The invited guests included Amy Jackson, Dove Cameron, Ne-Yo, Gabrielle Union, Kat Graham, Louise Thompson and fiancé Ryan Libbey, the press went wild for Winnie Harlow who was walking the show for Ralph & Russo, and many beautifully dressed guests from around the world.
I have worked with Winnie Harlow a number of times now: when I first worked with her we had a unique connection because we both have vitiligo so it was lovely to see her again. She absolutely loved the CND Vinylus nail colour and we were happy to give her a bottle of the colour and topcoat.
And the finale was the bride
After the show we made our way back to the Gare du Nord to our favourite French bistro, and were welcomed, yet again, by the owner who remembered us and looked after us as regular clients.
I can’t thank my team enough for their amazing professionalism and just getting on with what needed to be done. Shows are never straight forward, but can be immense fun. This show, like most, always has its challenges but an amazing team makes for a great experience.
Most of us were home by midnight but Marie-Louise drove all the way back to the Bristol (what a trooper!) and was home by 1.45am!