If towns can be associated with designers (think Versace and Miami), then it could be said that San Francisco is Ralph Rucci’s city. Many of our best dressed women are among his loyal fans and customers, drawn to his sophisticated, timeless designs, with their inventive cuts and haute couture workmanship.
Women such as Tatiana Sorokko, Denise Hale, Joy Bianchi, Charlotte Schultz and Elissa Stephens consistently wear Chado Ralph Rucci to the City’s biggest events.
On Friday evening, a few local friends of ours were at the Ralph Rucci Spring 2010 showing in New York: Tatiana Sorokko, Joy Bianchi, Joel Goodrich, Karen Tamblyn, Alan Malouf and Claudia Ross. With Martha Stewart, Andre Leon Talley, Rachel Roy and songwriters Ashford & Simpson in the front row, it was quite a crowd!
Before the show, Ralph said that “Lightness and transparency, and various references to Pina Bausch, Lynn Chadwick and the 11th century’s ‘The Tale of Genji,'” were behind the collection. In lesser hands, such far-ranging references would make for a pedantic, heavy collection, but there was no risk of such a thing happening with Chado Ralph Rucci. Everything had a light, ethereal quality.
He showed hand-cut chiffon paillettes, ladders of embroidered “vertebrae” raunning along the fronts and backs of many of the gowns, sheer inserts on dresses, intricate twists and tucks on jackets, and beautiful prints on caftans.
It was Rucci at his most original and stunning best. See some photos from the Spring 2010 runway (below). And for looks from his current Fall 2009 collection, visit the Chado Ralph Rucci boutique at Neiman Marcus Union Square.
Photos: F. Harrison & Shawn Ehlers [wireimage.com]