Is Ralph & Russo's Couture Collection Fit for a Princess?

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Backstage, the design duo stayed mum on Meghan Markle.

Speculation is high that British haute couture house Ralph & Russo is in the running to design the wedding dress of a certain Miss Meghan Markle, the soon-to-be bride of Prince Harry, after the brand dressed her for the pair’s engagement photos.

The latest spring 2018 couture collection shown Monday in Paris will do nothing to put that to rest, with the new red carpet favorites showing yet another run of signature fairytale gowns. This one turned toward the Chrysanthemum throne, with Japanese influences throughout.

Despite the kimono-style silhouettes, several dresses were slit even higher than the thigh and presented in fluorescent colors that are a departure for the brand. "We always like to take risks," said designer Tamara Ralph (Michael Russo is the financial wizard behind the brand). "But we still want to keep it regal and elegant, as well as celebrate diversity."

The red carpet clientele certainly reflects that. Ralph & Russo had a strong presence in Hollywood this week, outfitting Angelina Jolie at the Critics' Choice Awards, as well as Lupita Nyong'o, Allison Williams and Tracee Ellis Ross at the SAG Awards. "We work very closely with all of our celebrity clients. We don't like to work with a lot of people, and we like to work with people that are very close to our hearts, the ones that we feel embody the brand," said Ralph.

Fellow Aussie Kylie Minogue is one (the pair originally hail from Down Under), and she sat in the front row for the collection, animatedly letting out squeals of delight and applause when something she liked came down the runway. 

The finale was certainly dramatic, with a silk gown so full of embroidered crystals that the model had to visibly stiffen up a few times along the runway to carry the weight (work on that core strength, girls!). If it's a tryout for next May, the duo were tight-lipped backstage.

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