Thursday, December 20, 2012

CHADO Ralph Rucci ... pre-fall 2013

I would like to call this collection “Resolute Rucci”… if you need to look that up, now would be a good time.

In the past couple of weeks I spoke of the how, what and why of pre-fall and that, as a rule, these particular capsule collections are primarily comprised of “the best of” rather than the newest, the latest, and the greatest.  Mr. Rucci who has an evolutionary perspective of fashion proves again that he is a master of fashion as well as a sole navigator of his path.

The collection, dark as it may be, continues to remind all of us that this designer does what he does best and we should be ecstatic that he follows this route.  He actually paid homage to coats and suits; there’s a concept for you, a Fall collection with coats and suits.  He deftly includes he signature knit, crepe and jersey dresses along with his “comme il faut” concepts for evening.  Nothing is over the top and all within the world according to Ralph Rucci including the awe inspiring details that remain his and his alone.

Very recently, I spoke of designers who shun the idea of having a signature look for fear of not being on trend and allow me to point out that this collection is unmistakably the output of one specific designer. There is no one in this country that comes within spitting distance of what this man produces season after season.  Ralph Rucci has stood the test of time and no matter who the media may be hyping this season or next, we all know there is only one Ralph Rucci who is the designer’s designer.

No one else can lay claim to his accomplishments nor his “modus operandi” as he has always been about heritage and craftsmanship even though those 2 aspects of fashion seems to be much more fashionable during this decade than in years gone by.

Okay so let’s just say that the coats are spectacular, the suits are razor sharp, the dresses are pure Rucci and the rest is icing on the cake!

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