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Summary: Designer and artist Chado Ralph Rucci said the inspiration for his fall '09 collection was "line, proportion, imbalance, negative asymmetric space, grace and iniquity." If you are not familiar with the designer that's because his typical clientele have drivers. They don't take the subway or even cabs. His loyal fans (of which there seemed to be many) have very high standards. They want too wear art and only the best quality fabrics…and he delivers.
The last show of Fashion Week closed with a standing ovation (the first I had seen all week). The collection was comprised of top-notch exotic skins, braided horsehair and leather and the most amazing sable over silk tulle effect I have ever seen. Known for producing a grand spectacle, his show almost seemed toned down, but in a good way. More approachable and wearable. The jersey dresses and seperates with sheer cutouts are sure to please. The 'khmer' print with it's giant 7th-century statue images displayed on a few gowns were not for me. They merely distracted from the fine quality and craftsmanship. However, the black braided leather dress and coat, open-back taupe silk chiffon dress with feathers and black feathered cage over caviar-beaded bodysuit deservingly brought a round of applause from the audience. What a fantastic show which with to close fashion week.
Color Palette: white, vanilla, pale taupe, taupe, cinnabar, amethyst, cafe, olive, barguzine, brown, java, tobacco, pearl grey, charcoal, petrol, anthracite, black
Fabrics & Details: silk, silk tulle, silk chiffon, silk mousseline, silk gros de longres, silk/wool crepe, organza, satin duchesse, matelasse, gazar, wool jersey, double-faced cashmere, double-faced wool crepe, velvet, lace, feathers, caviar beading, metal beading, patent, leather, melton, sable, sable silk on tulle, chinchilla, horsehair, 'khmer' print, zebra print, reptile matelasse, black alligator thigh-high boots
Key Looks: sable on silk tulle fetish jacket; white double-faced cashmere coat and jacket "twisnet' with charcoal wool trousers; petrol reptile matelasse rainsuit; pale taupe double-faced woll crepe and silk tulle dress; java chinchilla bolero jacket; black braided leather dress and coat; open-back taupe silk chiffon dress wtih feathers; black feathered cage over caviar-beaded bodysuit
– Lauren Dimet Waters
Photos: NY Mag