It was a seasonal masterpiece in mostly white, with runway's most amazing models executing the collection: CHADO - RALPH RUCCI. Ralph is the master craftsman, who every season tops himself to design and present the most wonderful clothes seen on this side of the globe. Every garment is polished to perfection and create a story of leisure and lounging, entwined with big doses of evening elegance. A great artist, designer Ralph Rucci moves to his own beat as he creates modern garments for the modern woman. Of course, his creations are not for everybody. His clientele' is that of an established woman of the world, who can move through several cultures in a short space of time. She may be a business owner, a socialite, a powerful wife or a young entrepreneur. Whoever she is, she's a woman of certain means and that means business when it comes to her taste level, elegance and panache'.
FASHION MAGIC On a mirrored catwalk, framed by a reflective backdrop, Ralph presented a beautiful collection drenched in modernity and tastefully crafted clothes with the unique flair that only Ralph process. The magic came to life as each passage, one more fabulous than the other came down the catwalk in what seemed to mesmerize the gathered fashionestas. Setting the tone was a silver python jacket over white radznir cigarette pants, followed by a white ultra-suede dress that had a trapunto yolk. This dress was shown with a white ultra-suede coat featuring plastic insets modeled by Malian star model Nana.
FASHION DRAMA Ralph showcased a nude colored faille coat over nude cigarette pants, followed by a wisteria double faced wool dress. A printed gazar coat and an oyster `gros de lounge' raincoat with plastic insets over a glass house chiffon blouse, all balanced by slick tailored trousers brought excitement and fashion drama to the catwalk. These moments were continuous throughout the showing, as the designer provided extraordinary garments that were bubbling with energy and radiating brilliant light. The audience seemed to be under a spell as these magnificently tailored garments breezed by.
FASHION SENSIBILITY Ralph Rucci is also the type of designer/artist that is very keen on making everything he create works of art that can be worn at any time, or any occasion. The collection was made up of sensible pieces that can go from day to evening. Even his uber-dramatic evening pieces were built in such a way that they can be mounted as exquisite pieces of art. Take for instance the white chiffon evening gown that featured a braided torso and petal embroidery, it can go from red carpet to hosting an elegant dinner at home.....or even a grand ball. A white beaded fringed dress on the sensational model; Georgie Badiel looked like an art performance in its style and movement, and, Ralph's white glass beaded, embroidered amphibian gown were among the many standouts of this remarkable collection.
CAPTION The beauty and elegance of Chado Ralph Rucci - a collection that was totally incomparable. (Froylan Flowers photos)