Artist of the Week: Ralph & Russo

With the royal wedding just weeks away, speculation about who Meghan Markle will wear on her big day is still swirling, but a few names have risen to the top of the list. The bookmakers have called it 1/3 for Ralph & Russo, who designed the dress Ms. Markle wore for her engagement shoot. Born as a couture house in 2010, the brand became the first British fashion house to be accredited by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, the French body that regulates haute couture. Over the last few years, the duo has begun a calculated effort to take the brand to the next level by making it less exclusive. Extending its offerings to shoes, accessories and a ready-to-wear line is allowing the brand to capitalize on both expertise and a swell of popularity among influencers in a way that stays true to its heritage, but allows a larger set of fans to wear the label. Check out this recent profile on the brand cutting a path to becoming the next global luxury superbrand.