Ralph Rucci Fall 2013 | Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

When explaining my set of photographs from the exquisite Chado Ralph Rucci show to my sister, she suggested entitling the post Rear Window. While I had an excellent second row seat, due to the facing lights in the pit, I couldn’t photograph the models as they walked toward me down the aisle but only as they passed. I therefore have a series of shots from the back, hence the Hitchcockian title suggestion. While certainly an unusual perspective, I thought it might be fun to view a collection from this angle – one so frequently neglected.

Ralph Rucci

photos: Yannis Vlamos/ InDigital | GoRunway

Ralph Rucci is well known for his meticulous workmanship and innovative techniques. Using the most sumptuous fabrics, his clothes are more like functional art. With artisanal detailing and intricate hand work, it is easy to understand why he has such a loyal following. And yet he now wants to broaden his appeal to include a younger clientele. And in this new venture he has also expanded his color repertoire, as evidenced by the applause worthy set of minks he sent down the runway at the start of the show (obviously not part of my rear window photos).

Ralph Rucci

While much of the collection features exquisite combinations of materials in his signature neutrals such as this fabulous leather lace and cashmere ensemble above, he added a significant dose of his color du jour, a vibrant violet, as seen in this amazing crepe suit.

Ralph Rucci

or these matelasse pants shown under a shimmering knit paillette twin set

Ralph Rucci

A positively ethereal combination of  feathered tunic and chiffon pants practically floated down the runway.

Ralph Rucci

My idea of a chic fall entertaining at home would include this divine duchesse satin skirt with cashmere turtleneck – incredible draping and flow!

Ralph Rucci

This knitted paillette dress glittered like a jewel. As always, the runway was adorned with creative accessories such as these understated silk corded tassels.

Ralph Rucci

But even with the absence of color, the collection excelled. His exceptional tailoring, seaming, beading and fusion of fabrics is without compare. Chiffon and feathers like a rare animal strutting the catwalk.

Ralph Rucci

an embroidered lace tunic and chiffon pants

Ralph Rucci

Black lace never looked so feminine and gossamer light

Ralph Rucci

A black mesh and matte jersey gown was at once monastically modern and graphic as it was fresh and feminine. I just had to first share the front of this gasp-worthy gown.

Ralph Rucci

photo Yannis Vlamos/InDigitalTeam | GoRunway via style.com

Ralph Rucci

One of my very favorites, a a black jersey and gazar gown, proved that elegant simplicity can rule supreme in the right hands. Again, sharing the front

Ralph Rucci

Like something Cappucine might have worn in a chic 60s caper and yet completely contemporary – and the seductive back view.

ralph rucci black jersey and gazar gownRalph Rucci again proved himself to be a master of the refined, rarified and resplendent, all while keeping his eyes open to new and untested territory.

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12 Responses to Ralph Rucci Fall 2013 | Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

  1. Lucrecia says:

    WOW beautiful collection and I love the shots you got.
    Thanks !

  2. I am a sucker for neon fur. Swoon!

  3. Lisa Porter says:

    Ralph Rucci’s Fall collection is gorgeous! Feathers and chiffon ~ always my favorite. Quite nice to see the view from the backseat once in a while and as always, your commentary is right on Q!

  4. P Gaye Tapp says:


  5. The clothes are to die for but my absolute favorite are those hanging wrist tassels…stroke of genius!

  6. Hannah Dee says:

    Gorgeous. I do believe I spotted Iris Apfel and Hamish Bowles across the isle! In a sea of black, she is wearing bright red. Love it!

  7. BJ Malgari says:

    Absolutely elegant!

  8. What a great perspective of each piece. I loved seeing the details on the back of each design. And I absolutely love the purple pants suit!


  9. Franki Parde says:

    ARTISTS at Work!! Beautiful!! franki

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