Ralph & Russo Evening Gown Inspiration

This weekend is my daughter’s graduation from Georgetown University. Like seniors across the country, her traditional celebration was suspended due to the coronavirus. Instead, we had to content ourselves with a virtual event, until we can all come back together as a community (and have one heck of a party!).

In addition to the suspension of the pomp and circumstance of a live commencement, one of the most iconic Georgetown traditions – the highly anticipated Senior Ball – was also postponed.  The Senior Ball is a chance for students, faculty, parents and family to celebrate the achievements of the graduating class (and really cut loose after four years of dedication and hard work!). The night traditionally ends with a trip to the city’s fabled national monuments, to watch the sunrise, followed by the university’s actual graduation ceremony at the Hilltop.

Since both my daughter and I require evening gowns for the event, finding just the right ones has been a point of discussion since the fall. Which color? What neckline? Glam and beaded? Sleek or full skirted?

All of these questions became moot in early March, when we sadly realized that the Senior Ball was going to have to wait. But, we can still dream about the perfect evening dresses! And, since the gala will happen – at some point – we’ve been searching for evening gown inspiration. We found it (naturally!) at Ralph & Russo.

The Ralph & Russo Spring / Summer Haute Couture Runway show was simply filled with stunning choices. The dreamy color palette, filled with sweet pastels and swan-like white, was absolutely inspiring. I simply love the unabashedly feminine feel. And, of course, the incredible details – luxe beaded collars, enormous fabric flowers, marabou accents – really set Ralph & Russo designs apart.

If you are not familiar with Ralph & Russo, this is the first British house to be elected by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to show its collection on the official schedule at Paris Haute Couture Week (alongside iconic houses such as Dior, Chanel and Valentino.) But, unlike those venerable old names, Ralph & Russo only recently burst onto the fashion scene in 2007. Founded by Tamara Ralph (Creative Director) and Michael Russo (CEO), Ralph & Russo quickly established itself as one of the world’s top fashion houses.

Please enjoy the Ralph & Russo Spring / Summer Haute Couture runway show, above. I’ll be virtually celebrating with the Class of 2020. Stay safe and well, everyone!

Ralph & Russo Sprin / Summer evening gown inspiration, 2020

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