Marie Claire speaks exclusively to the British couture label dressing Hollywood's A-list...
Angelina Jolie wore Ralph & Russo to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace, Beyonce commissioned their skills for the Mrs Carter world tour, and Cheryl Cole wowed in one of their designs at her wedding. So who exactly are Ralph & Russo?
Well, the London-based label was founded in 2007 by two Australians and specialises in eveningwear, and they’re also the only British couture label to have been invited to show in Paris. Oh, and they’re A-list fanbase is increasing by the day.
So when Angelina Jolie stepped out in an undeniably chic cape and pencil dress by the design duo earlier this week, we dropped them a line to find out what they make of all this A-list praise.
Chatting exclusively to Creative Director Tamara Ralph we asked her about dressing Angelina for the recent Unbroken premiere: ‘We always love working with Angelina. Over the past few years we’ve worked with her on several looks and the pleasure of working with such a warm-hearted and genuinely inspiring woman only increases. When she steps onto the red carpet in a Ralph & Russo piece, the reaction is phenomenal and the Unbroken was no different – she looked breathtaking!’
Jolie was also snapped wearing a structured peplum Ralph & Russo dress to Brad Pitt’s World War Z première last year, but the real seal of approval came when Angelina chose the label for her appointment with the Queen, where she collected the Insignia of Honorary Dame Grand Cross.
Something Tamara is clearly very proud of: ‘Last month, Angelina was awarded an honorary Damehood by the Queen and to work closely with her on such a significant moment meant a great deal to us both and will remain a personal highlight’.
But the Ralph & Russo love-in doesn’t stop there. Suki Waterhouse, Kim Kardashian and Arizona Muse have all worn their designs on the red carpet AND Beyonce commissioned the couturiers for her Mrs Carter world tour. Praise indeed.
Tamara had this to say about the celeb-endorsement: ‘Designing for strong and empowering women is such an honour. Angelina and Beyoncé both hold a great deal of respect and autonomy in their respective fields and ultimately personify the brand.’
So, it’s fair to say we’ll be seeing lots more of this humble yet powerful brand…