The rumor mill is buzzing, thanks to the Daily Mail, that Ralph & Russo is the lucky designer creating Meghan Markle's wedding dress. We learned from Kate Middleton's wedding dress rumors in 2011 to take these with a grain of salt until we get official Kensington Palace confirmation, but that doesn't mean we can't get excited. Ralph & Russo was behind Markle's engagement photo dress after all, meaning, the rumors aren't completely unfounded. So, who is Ralph & Russo and what do you need to know about the buzzy brand that's been behind some of the most gorgeous creations ever to grace the couture runways? (Not to mention the designers of Shanina Shaik's beyond sexy wedding dress)
Here, 5 things you need to know about the brand, plus the most gorgeous Ralph & Russo wedding dresses we've seen.
There is a Ralph and there is a Russo. And they're married! This one is actually very straight-forward. Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo are the masterminds behind the extravagant dresses, she the creative, and he the business side.
The live in London. The Australian couple is London-based, which makes them shuttling back and forth to Kensington Palace a breeze.
They have a massive celeb following. When Angelina Jolie met the queen, she chose a pink suit by Ralph & Russo. She also wore a Ralph & Russo feathered white dress for the Critic's Choice Award this year. Markle's BFF, Priyanka Chopra, wore a geometric white dress from the brand for the Oscars. BeyoncГ©, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Alba, Elle Fanning, Blake Lively, Alessandra Ambrosio, Gwyneth Paltrow, and many more, have all been outfitted by Ralph & Russo.
They make the most amazing wedding dresses. Their spring 2016 couture show finale featured one of the biggest wedding gowns in history. The train alone needed 6 staff members to turn it on the runway. It took 6,000 hours for 50 people to create. They also designed Madina Shokirova's $600,000 wedding dress.
They show during Paris Fashion Week. Besides being based in London, the pair shows their ready-to-wear and haute couture collections during Paris Fashion Week and Haute Couture Fashion Week. The couture show always closes with an awe-inspiring bridal moment, and those collections are not shy about embellishment. Feathers, lace, 3D florals, you name it! Can we expect Markle to wear something that ornate? Odds are that the usually minimalistic Markle will bet on something beautiful, yet demure, much like Kate Middleton. Maybe her reception dress will be the big bridal moment.
Keep scrolling for 10 of Ralph & Russo's most amazing wedding dresses.
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