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Ralph Rucci wins the bronze

A model walks the runway at the Ralph

A model walks the runway at the Ralph Rucci fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. (Sept. 8, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

Forget gold and silver -- Ralph Rucci is making a case for bronze this spring, with a series of dresses and jackets that may just win you over.

Let’s go straight to one of our faves -- a harness jersey dress, with skinny straps and horizontal slits cut right at the (low) neckline. It floated delicately as the model walked, hugging the figure in all the right places. And then there was the bronze paillette tunic mini dress, which flashed some major shine, as the large round sequins caught the light

Expect to also flash some major leg action -- many of his dresses and skirts were slit. High.

Texture always plays a big role in Rucci’s fabrics. One black crepe jacket had a band of leather round the middle, cross-hatched and etched in a way that vaguely resembled barbed wire. Another zip-front dress was made of crepe in front, feathery tulle in back. And a silver paillette Raj jacket glistened like ice.

Rucci, in business nearly three decades, doesn’t have the name recognition of a Michael Kors or Calvin Klein -- and yet he continues to be a popular label with those Upper East Side ladies who don’t blink at his sky-high price tags. His shows traditionally have been very old school -- with models walking slowly, even stopping to turn, pose, turn again, then move on. But not this time. The models practically barreled down the runway like they were late for an appointment.

Perhaps this was because he showed more than 60 looks. A request, Mr. Rucci -- perhaps you can pare down next time, so you can keep the old-school runway show alive. It was one of the things that set this line apart from all the rest.
 

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