Chado Ralph Rucci Fall 2011

When & Where: Monday, February 14 at 6 p.m., Chado Ralph Rucci Atelier
Runway Recap: Of all the words I'd use to describe Chado Ralph Rucci--visionary, extraordinary, otherworldly--sexy is not the first to come to mind. However, on Rucci's Valentine's Day show, there was definitely a come-hitherness that pervaded the show, with a series of vivid scarlet-red looks bookending such usual Chado signature pieces as cutout jackets backed in horsehair, perfectly fitted little black jersey dresses, and the most beautiful fur coats you can imagine. There was a certain relaxed air to the collection--not necessarily in Rucci's technique, which was as precise and well-executed as always--but in its overall mood. It was intoxicating. I think everyone in the audience fell in love with Rucci a little bit more with each look; I was seated amongst his clients, one of whom charmingly predicted the prices of the pieces she loved, and another of whom was constantly on the verge of what I'll just call a When Harry Met Sally moment. The final look (below) garnered applause; Rucci himself received a well-earned standing ovation.
 Standout Looks: Because I have a hard time choosing between Rucci's luxe day and dramatic evening looks, I picked one of each. First, this feathered fox cardigan, which was the first to draw my seatmate's unique expression of approval, and which looks so soft and relaxed, I think I'd never take it off between the months of November and March. Second, the closing look, a quilted satin jacket with sculpted sleeves and a matching gown. It drew gasps of joy from most of the audience.
Bonus Points: I say this every season, but it's an honor just to be invited to this intimate presentation. The audience was a mixture of loyal clientele, celebrities (Whoopi Goldberg, Fran Leibowitz), and fashion legends (Iris Apfel, Carmen Dell'Orefice, Andre Leon Talley). No Martha Stewart this time but there's always next season...
Where to Buy: Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and select Neiman Marcus stores.

1 comment

Anonymous said...

Martha Stewart was there.