Without a doubt, one of America’s fashion treasures is Ralph Rucci. He’s a master on his own level — a level few designers can ever hope to get a glimpse at, let alone actually work. Ralph Rucci works at this level day in & day out. His Spring 2011 collection didn’t up the ante any further, or push fashion forward in any significant manner, but then again, Mr. Rucci’s bar is set so high, that a serious upping of his fashion quotient is nigh impossible. Black, White, Khaki, Lemon Yellow, Blood Orange, Dark Taupe & Light Terra Cotta were the colors of choice, with White & Black comprising the bulk. Mr. Rucci seemed to be paying special attention to the sleeve in this collection as he offered several versions of kimono sleeves in a variety of silhouettes, the best version of which was a shaped one that maintained the fullness of a kimono, but was shaped just enough to add a touch of intent. There was also a strong presence of the piecing technique with which Chado Ralph Rucci is nearly synonymous. The technique was best on a few pieces where there was a feeling of randomenss that felt like a sketch had come alive.
What we’ve said: Spring 2010
Photos: Fashion Wire Press