The invitation read:
Fall / Winter 2016 Presentation
Tuesday, February 16th
7PM – 9PM
517 West 37th Street
(between 10th and 11th Avenues)
Some referred to this as the “comeback” for designer Ralph Rucci but personally it felt like more of just a return to a business after a seemingly long hiatus. His absence was felt more strongly of late but now the void has been filled and his presence is welcomed with open arms.
And so it is that a master has returned to the fold but not quite as you might think or imagined. The interesting thing about it is while everyone in the fashion biz is talking about see it and buy it, that is what Mr. Rucci is doing albeit his is made to measure and dealing directly with his clients. In essence while everyone is blabbering about it, he has gone ahead and done it in a matter of speaking and of course in his own way.
The deal is that these are not clothes than should hang in a department store as their beauty is far too subtle, too intrinsic and too tactile to just hang on a rail. These clothes are so laden with detail, with exquisite fabrications and so beyond what most consumers can possibly comprehend that they need to really be romanced and spoken of in a language that is foreign to most hyped brands as well as that client.
Unquestionably, few images can truly capture these clothes especially since most were presented in black but these will have to do for now. Rucci has always raised the bar when it comes to discreet chic clothes, the appellation of soigné seems more appropriate here and no matter what you may have been preconditioned to think, these clothes are not only for women of a certain age but they are for women of a certain extraordinary taste level. That being said, make no mistake, these clothes will not come cheaply but then again there are few who can hold a candle to a collection or designer like this. By the way, the collection is quintessential Rucci in every way including all of his signatures.
Be aware that all pieces will of course be available as you see them or customized in color and possibly minor “alterations” to the original design just as it is in Haute Couture. If one examines these clothes in that context, Rucci’s clothes rise to a different plateau as well as well as to a different set of expectations, standards and realization. There is no trend here, this is about clothes to own for years to come that never look dated… can you top that?
By the way, the fabrications included gazar, hammered cashmere, sponge crepe, sable, cashmere double face and silk velvet to name a few. Please take note of the sunburst seaming, the finish around a neck that appears as it was laser cut. There are fabrics that are hand painted, hand screened and most probably even further customized.
Welcome back Ralph Rucci!