Once upon a time, being called a diva was a compliment. The honour befell María Félix, the incomparable Mexican actress and singer, who became known simple as La Doña, thanks to her evergreen Doña Barbara but also because she was the national epitome of the ideal woman. In other words, she was put on Earth to have an haute couture collection dedicated to her, and on Monday evening the Australian couture house of Ralph & Russo did just that.
On the first Monday of May, the Met will host its annual ball to open this year’s exhibition based on camp. On the silver screen, the notion of camp is irrevocably connected to diva-dom, to women like Félix or any of the other movie goddesses, who must have inspired the Ralph & Russo show. You could picture the contemporary version of those divas camping up a storm in the outfits proposed by Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo: a synthetic fern green suit with a matching sombrero-inspired hat and a sparkly snake wrapped around its waist wouldn’t be far from a current idea of camp. Neither would a tiny little aquamarine cocktail dress sprinkled with pink pompoms, or a column dress made entirely out of metallic strands that looked like tinsel.
The pink tiered train dress that followed, cut upon at the front to reveal a pair of matching trousers – and worn with a matching hat – was very summers-in-Baja, although it came with a certain air of Texan oil tycoon as well. Ralph & Russo is glitz and glamour for a new generation of haute couture divas, who love the camp aspect that so easily transpires in savoir-faire if approached this way. They wouldn’t be disappointed with this season’s rollout.
From British Vogue