Ralph Rucci has earned his accolades sculpting deceptively simple, ultra-flattering clothing for a posh clientele. Body contouring seams, trapunto stitching and shaped piecing really celebrate a woman's body. He is a true American couturier (the first of this country to be accepted by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.)
I visited their downtown studio to see their artisans at work. The embellishment specialist was drawing precise placements for embroidery on a pattern. Other seamstresses were stitching pieces by hand. A team of interns hand picked sequins on beaded fabric.
Resort 2013 had many of Mr. Rucci's signature touches. Basic silhouettes were augmented by
cheeky touches of transparency. Waists were accentuate with stitched inserts. The designer also added new colors to his typical palette, using wisteria, seafoam, red and rich purple. The art of patternmaking was on full display from the perfectly draped muslins on the mannequins. This should be no surprise, the designer learned his craft from Halston and Balenciaga.