story by Charles Beckwith
photos by Tal Shpantzer
video by Stephen Dirkes
There were 68 looks in the Chado Ralph Rucci Fall 2010 collection, all of them their own work of art. The detail up close, particularly for ready to wear garments, is astonishing.
So many designers try to merge tradition and modernity in their work, and so often they end up looking odd and out of context. Not Ralph Rucci’s creations. He blends what was with what can be, and you can only know it as beautiful.
What was seen on this runway, set up high above Broadway in Rucci’s Soho atelier and showroom, was subtle slashes of color, silhouettes interrupted by breaches of inspired refinement, and a lot of alien-looking hairdos no one could maintain on their own at home.
Looking at the big picture though, a secret ultimate goal of any fashion designer: Rucci’s dresses move better than the supermodels wearing them down the runway. Now, that’s hard.