Ralph & Russo create avatar to model new collection

Ralph & Russo have swapped models for avatars for their new collection.Design duo Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, a favourite of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have used their time in lockdown to explore the world of technology, specifically artificial int…

Ralph & Russo have swapped models for avatars for their new collection.

Design duo Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, a favourite of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have used their time in lockdown to explore the world of technology, specifically artificial intelligence, which has resulted in the creation of an avatar to show off their latest designs.

“I have always been fascinated by the digital space, and specifically by artificial intelligence as a medium,” Ralph revealed to Harper’s Bazaar. “While AI as a dimension is something I have always been interested in exploring, really it’s the recent developments in the world, and subsequent limitations, that made me feel now is the right time to do so.

“During times of change like this, I feel it’s so important to not only evolve but to also be innovative. I was so excited by the prospect of not only doing something new for our brand, but for couture as a category – something that would really push the limits. And while avatars in and of themselves might not be new, I don’t feel it’s something that has been fully realised within couture, given its inherent nature of old world craftsmanship, techniques and level of detail.”

Next week’s Couture Fashion Week will be a completely digital affair, due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

But designers Ralph and Russo have gone one stage further with their avatar, named Hauli, a traditional Swahili name synonymous with strength and power.

“The process of choosing and building our avatar… was quite layered and complex, but incredibly exciting,” Ralph smiled. “It all began with sourcing inspiration, as you would for a collection, to inform what she would look like and how she would be brought to life. I wanted to create a beautiful Black woman, who was inspired by and an embodiment of the spirit of inspirational women changing lives in all four corners of the world.”

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Donatella Versace thrilled to outfit major stars for 2020 Grammy Awards

Donatella Versace was thrilled to dress a number of stars for the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday night.Following the ceremony held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Italian designer, who oversees the Versace fashion house, took to Instagram to sh…

Donatella Versace was thrilled to dress a number of stars for the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

Following the ceremony held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Italian designer, who oversees the Versace fashion house, took to Instagram to share images of the celebrities her team had outfitted for the annual music bash.

Alongside a snap of Lil Nas X in a hot pink suit and matching cowboy hat, she wrote, “Breathtaking @lilnasx … such a look!! Love it!!” while beside a picture of Lizzo rocking an Old Hollywood-inspired strapless white gown, the fashion star praised: “Such a #RedCarpet dream… Perfection! Lizzo!”

Elsewhere, members of the Versace atelier made the black ballgown sported by Camila Cabello for her red carpet entrance, as well as the lilac dress she wore to perform First Man during the show, and the sexy canary yellow number she slipped into later on.

Other designers to make outfits for multiple artists included Christian Siriano, who dreamed up glamorous looks for the likes of Shania Twain, Best New Artist nominee YOLA, Lizzo, and Demi Lovato.

“Demi, it was an honour to create for you tonight and WOW that was unbelievable! Love you!” he captioned a picture of the singer sporting a white ballgown while performing her new song Anyone.

Other standout looks on the night included the white beaded Ralph & Russo dress donned by Priyanka Chopra, the monogrammed Gucci number sported by multiple Grammy Award winner Billie Eilish, and the Cinderella-esque Giambattista Valli dress rocked by Ariana Grande as she made her red carpet entrance.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Golden Globes tuxedo sells for over $27,000

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Golden Globes outfit has been sold for $27,450 (£21,200) to raise funds for the victims of Australia’s bushfires.The Fleabag creator wore the tuxedo, created by the designers at Ralph & Russo, to collect two prizes at the awards…

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Golden Globes outfit has been sold for $27,450 (£21,200) to raise funds for the victims of Australia’s bushfires.

The Fleabag creator wore the tuxedo, created by the designers at Ralph & Russo, to collect two prizes at the awards bash in Los Angeles earlier this month.

After the ceremony, the custom-made two-piece, which featured geometric black and gold ribbon applique, Chantilly lace and a silk lapel, was signed by the star and put on the auction site eBay.

On Sunday, the auction closed with just one bid of AU$40,000, the equivalent of $27,450 (£21,200).

In a statement announcing she was auctioning the item, Phoebe said: “I’m very excited that this stunning, one of a kind, couture tuxedo created by Australian geniuses Ralph & Russo will continue its journey by contributing to this urgent cause.

“If money raised by its auction can help raise funds to fight the disaster in Australia, the future impact of this suit will be far greater than the luck it brought me and the Fleabag team at the Golden Globes.”

Originally from Australia, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo co-founded their couture label in London in 2006. They have since built up a reputation for outfitting celebrities like Beyonce, Blake Lively, and Angelina Jolie.

The bushfires in the country have caused mass destruction, killing at least 25 people, hundreds of millions of animals, and destroying more than 2,000 homes.

A host of stars including Chris Hemsworth, Kylie Minogue, Ellen DeGeneres, and Pink have donated to relief efforts.

Meanwhile, Queen + Adam Lambert, Alice Cooper, k.d. lang, and Olivia Newton-John are headlining a benefit concert for those affected next month.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge auctioning Golden Globes suit in aid of bushfire relief efforts

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is auctioning off the suit she wore to the 2020 Golden Globe Awards to raise funds for bushfire relief efforts in Australia.The British star, who won Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in …

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is auctioning off the suit she wore to the 2020 Golden Globe Awards to raise funds for bushfire relief efforts in Australia.

The British star, who won Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for her TV show Fleabag on Sunday night, sported a black ensemble with silk lapels as well as geometric black and gold ribbon appliques custom-made for her by the team at Ralph & Russo to the bash.

But while speaking to reporters after the prizegiving, Phoebe announced that she will be selling off the suit shortly, with any funds raised to go to the charities helping tackle the blazes across Australia.

“We’ve hatched an amazing plan with Ralph & Russo who are Australian designers who’ve created this incredible couture suit which is the most incredible thing I’ve ever worn,” she said. “We’re going to auction it and the money that is raised from it will go towards relief in Australia. It’s a beautiful idea from the team so I’m really excited to be part of that.”

The 34-year-old did not announce when or where the auction will take place.

Originally from Australia, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo co-founded their couture label in London in 2006. They have since built up a reputation for outfitting celebrities like Beyonce, Blake Lively, and Angelina Jolie.

Phoebe is one of many stars donating to the relief efforts, with Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Pink, and Kylie Minogue each pledging $500,000 (£380,000), while Chris Hemsworth announced on Monday that he has donated $1 million (£760,000).

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Ellie Goulding paid homage to Yorkshire with bespoke Chloe wedding dress

Ellie Goulding paid homage to her husband’s Yorkshire heritage with the bespoke Chloe gown she wore to her wedding last month.The Starry Eyed singer tied the knot with art dealer Caspar Jopling at York Minster cathedral in his hometown of York, England…

Ellie Goulding paid homage to her husband’s Yorkshire heritage with the bespoke Chloe gown she wore to her wedding last month.

The Starry Eyed singer tied the knot with art dealer Caspar Jopling at York Minster cathedral in his hometown of York, England on 31 August, and her dress included fine details commemorating their relationship.

“I have never felt more special than the moment I first tried the dress on in Paris, and it was utterly awe-inspiring to see the craftsmanship and attention to detail,” she told British Vogue, referencing the gown’s embroidered white roses, a traditional symbol of Yorkshire.

Ellie also revealed that her and Caspar’s initials were woven into the fabric.

The 32-year-old worked closely on the dress design with Chloe creative director Natacha Ramsay-Levi and the fashion house’s team, who spent 640 hours working on the gown.

“I was so thrilled and excited when I found out that the iconic and unparalleled Chloe wanted to design a bespoke wedding dress for me,” the star gushed. “I have loved them and their incredible team for years, so it only seemed right for Chloe to play a big part of this special day.

“From day one they worked alongside me to design, from head to toe, something timeless and classic, but with all the Chloe opulence and spirit.”

In all, Ellie wore four different outfits over the course of her wedding day, including a white Stella McCartney gown for the reception, as well as a bodice and skirt from Ralph & Russo and a dress by Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing for the party.

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Ellie Goulding offers fans glimpse of Stella McCartney reception dress

Ellie Goulding has finally given fans a peek at her elegant Stella McCartney reception dress.The British popstar tied the knot with art dealer Caspar Jopling at York Minster cathedral in York, England on Saturday afternoon. Goulding opted for a long w…

Ellie Goulding has finally given fans a peek at her elegant Stella McCartney reception dress.

The British popstar tied the knot with art dealer Caspar Jopling at York Minster cathedral in York, England on Saturday afternoon.

Goulding opted for a long white Chloe gown with Victorian touches for the ceremony, but on Monday night, she took to her Instagram Stories to reveal that she wore a custom number by McCartney to the reception, which was held at the nearby Castle Howard.

Uploading a snap of her posing alongside her new husband in a simple off-the-shoulder gown with diamond trim detail, Goulding wrote, “Me and my man.”

The star also tagged McCartney in the post, though the designer has not yet spoken about their collaboration.

However, in an interview with British Vogue prior to the ceremony, the 32-year-old shared that she also borrowed some diamond jewellery from McCartney for her big day.

“I’ve been lucky enough to work closely with some of my all-time favourite designers. Stella McCartney, who I adore, loaned me some diamonds for the day, which are my something borrowed!” the Starry Eyed hitmaker commented.

In all, Goulding wore four different outfits over the course of her wedding day, including a bodice and skirt from Ralph & Russo and a dress by Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing.

“Balmain have also been so generous with their time. Olivier has made me the most fun dress to dance the night away in. I don’t want to give too much away but each look is so unique, and I can’t thank the designers and houses enough for being a part of the day,” she added.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex also chose a McCartney gown for her reception when she married Prince Harry in May 2018.

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Ralph & Russo lands huge $50 million investment

Ralph & Russo has welcomed a huge $50 million (£40 million) investment from the owner of La Perla.The London-based couture house has dressed the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and Gwyneth Paltrow, and gained worldwide fame when Meghan, Duchess of Su…

Ralph & Russo has welcomed a huge $50 million (£40 million) investment from the owner of La Perla.

The London-based couture house has dressed the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and Gwyneth Paltrow, and gained worldwide fame when Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wore an embellished top and skirt from the label for her official engagement picture with Prince Harry in late 2017.

Now, designer Tamara Ralph and chief executive Michael Russo have a new partner in La Perla Fashion Investment B.V., which has bought a non-controlling minority share for $50 million, according to editors at WWD.

Russo described the cash injection as strategic, and said it signifies “an important step in allowing Ralph & Russo and our team to realise our long-term growth plans whilst keeping the brand privately owned and managed.”

The label was founded in 2010 and became the first British guest member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in more than 100 years.

Ralph & Russo has since expanded into ready-to-wear collections and accessories, with stores in London, Paris, Dubai, Doha and Monte Carlo.

Pascal Perrier, chief executive of La Perla Global Management (UK) Limited, will join the Ralph & Russo board of directors, and has vast experience with luxury fashion firms after working at Burberry and Gucci Group.

He noted that Ralph and Russo have done “a phenomenal job at creating one of the world’s top luxury fashion brands in a short space of time. I fully support the founders’ strategy, and look forward to being a part of Ralph & Russo’s continued success story.”

La Perla Fashion Investment is a subsidiary of global investment holding company Tennor Holding B.V.

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Ralph & Russo designers dish on royal wedding dress gossip

Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo have finally spoken about the rumours that they were making Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s wedding gown.Fans all around the world had expected Meghan to step out in a Ralph & Russo design when she wed Prince Harry last month…

Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo have finally spoken about the rumours that they were making Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s wedding gown.

Fans all around the world had expected Meghan to step out in a Ralph & Russo design when she wed Prince Harry last month (May18), with bookies even suspending bets because of how many people were putting money on the London-based couture brand.

But in the end, despite choosing Ralph & Russo for her engagement dress, Meghan bestowed the honour on Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller.

“It would be crazy to say that the level of attention and speculation hasn’t had an impact. But with this comes a level of responsibility to protect that person’s trust,” Michael told Grazia magazine. “All we can hope is that we continuously prove to be just that: a trusted partner with whom our clients feel secure in not only the design, but the brand.

“The business was built on discretion, we would never discuss our private client or the price points of any custom pieces – never have and we never will – discretion and trust is key.”

He added that because of the intense media speculation, even he began questioning whether they were designing the dress.

The fashion house, which was established in 2007, has a long-standing relationship with Kensington Palace so when they were asked to sign non-disclosure agreement permitting them from talking about whether they were the designers or not, Tamara and Michael happily agreed.

And Tamara couldn’t speak highly enough of the dress Meghan chose to wear, a white silk gown with an open bateau neckline, sculpted waist and three-quarter length sleeves.

“Clare created a truly exceptional look, simple, timeless and elegant,” she praised.

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Meghan Markle to wear Ralph & Russo wedding dress – report

Meghan Markle has reportedly chosen top designers Ralph & Russo to create her bridal gown for her royal wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry. The former Suits actress proved she was a big fan of the label in November (17), when she posed for the couple’s…

Meghan Markle has reportedly chosen top designers Ralph & Russo to create her bridal gown for her royal wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry.

The former Suits actress proved she was a big fan of the label in November (17), when she posed for the couple’s official engagement portraits in a Ralph & Russo custom dress with a daringly sheer top and a full tulle skirt, and according to the Daily Mail, the bride-to-be will be walking down the aisle in one of the company’s designs on 19 May (18).

Reports suggest her dress for the big day will be hand-stitched and heavily-beaded, with a price tag of $150,000 (£110,600) – paid for by Prince Harry’s family.

Royal representatives have not commented on the news, but sources claim Meghan will be taking advantage of her special day and donning two gowns – one for the ceremony at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, England, which will be followed by a reception at St. George’s Hall, while a second dress is expected to be worn for a private evening celebration with just close friends and family.

Meghan hasn’t shared any details about her look for the extravagant event, but her close friend, actress Priyanka Chopra, who will be in attendance at the nuptials, recently suggested the bride-to-be had shed tears of joy after saying “yes to the dress”.

Priyanka was quizzed about the royal wedding during an appearance on late night talk show Watch What Happens Live on Thursday (03May18), when she also admitted she had learned of the couple’s engagement before it was made public, and revealed she was still working on finalising her own outfit for the big bash.

“I’m more stressed out about wearing a small hat!,” she quipped of the traditional accessory for the ceremony.

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Shanina Shaik shares photos from lavish island wedding

Shanina Shaik has given fans a glimpse into her gorgeous wedding held in The Bahamas.The Australian model wed DJ Ruckus, real name Gregory Andrews, at a ceremony held at a resort on the Eleuthera island on Saturday (28Apr18), the same location where th…

Shanina Shaik has given fans a glimpse into her gorgeous wedding held in The Bahamas.

The Australian model wed DJ Ruckus, real name Gregory Andrews, at a ceremony held at a resort on the Eleuthera island on Saturday (28Apr18), the same location where they got engaged in 2016.

After initially releasing just one photo from her wedding on social media, Shanina has now shared details and images from her big day with Brides.com and shared that it felt natural to return to the luxury locale for the nuptials.

“I’ve always dreamt of marrying on the beach,” she said. “Our wedding reflected our personal style (simple and elegant) with the added touch of a bohemian vibe as well.”

Shanina’s bridesmaids included Nicole Williams, Nadine Leopold, Natalie Halcro, Jasmine Tookes and Olivia Pierson, with the ladies all wearing gowns in neutral colours from Australian label Zimmermann, while guests at the wedding included Ashlee Simpson and her husband Evan Ross, as well as Run-DMC star Reverend Run, who officiated the service.

For the main ceremony, Shanina turned to Ralph & Russo’s Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, who made her an off-the-shoulder lace gown with sheer hem over the course of eight months.

“I wanted it to be simple, bohemian, and elegant,” the 27-year-old explained. “I love a boho style and I wanted to give it a little twist by incorporating lace.”

Ruckus sported a Tom Ford tuxedo for the bash, while Shanina chose to change into another gown for the reception – another white dress by designer Michael Costello. The former Victoria’s Secret star also sported jewellery from Lorraine Schwartz, which complemented her engagement ring and new wedding band, while she wore two pairs of new high heels that she selected on a recent shopping trip.

“After looking at so many amazing options, I decided to go with a stunning pair of Aquazzura shoes,” she smiled, adding that her second choice was a pair of embellished Jimmy Choo stilettos.

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