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Standing ovation at Chado Ralph Rucci

Ralph Rucci stunned his audience with his exquisite, modern refined collection. The show was a heartstopper. The beauty, workmanship and quality of fabrics are undeniably in a different league than anything we’ve seen this week (Rucci’s work has been featured at numerous museums), but to be honest, so are the prices of these garments, which are at the high end of astronomically expensive.

This designer doesn’t deign to follow trends. Program notes said, “New silhouettes and technical processes enter his oeuvre as the designer sees fit, not when external pressures dictate.” But there are few women who would not covet something from this collection.

The show opened with a gently curved white neoprene coat over a slim skirt – the shaping seemed magical – and moved to a series of mod looks with clear plastic insets,  all tailored to perfection. A selection of pieces in soft lavender included a wool crepe dress with a tulle hem barely peeking out. You could wear it forever.

Some styles appear designed with the society set in mind, but Rucci is anything but prim. A nude caviar beaded catsuit with a feathered tunic drew the first round of applause. (We were thinking Jennifer Lopez.) There was a silver paillette tunic with matching pant topped by a clear, plastic raincoat and a few white gowns with long tubes of paillettes down the entire length of the back – the applause grew louder. Rucci does an epic caftan and the solitary one in this collection was breathtaking.

Fans in the audience were on their feet for the first standing ovation we’ve seen this week. Bravo!


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