Summary: Stunning. There can be no other word that can truly sum up the feeling of the Spring 2012 collection of Chado Ralph Rucci. Despite being defined as an artist that takes “quantum leaps in both the quality and magnitude of his designs,” there was still a timeless feel to each piece. Execution played a major part in the collection, keeping with the theme of fluid sexuality and a hint of sophistication.
As one of the Second City Style editors put it, it is “absolutely criminal” that these pictures are unable to show the backs of the garments. Many pops of sequins, hints of skins and a multitude of colors were revealed as soon as the model turned the corner, thereby willing the crowd to gasp and applaud. The slight plastic insets were also a visual treat for the crowd, as they seemed to seamlessly flow with the fabric. The restraint of each piece completed this collection as a whole, kept each gown separate and from being overdone.
Colors: white, silver, nude, wisteria, black, buff, oyster, lavender
Fabrics & Textures: neoprene, faille, python, chiffon, ultra-suede, plastic insets, bonded wool, latex, satin, double face wool, wool crepe, embossed tulle, matelasse, gazar, cigaline, silk crepe, hand-beading, horsehair, feathers, sponge wool, tranpunto yoke
Key Looks: White faille moto cycyle jacket with plastic midriff and sleeve with white faille samantha pant; Nude cigaline and horsehair flounce dress; Printed gazar caftan
– Taneisha Jordan