Sunday, September 13, 2009
CHADO by RALPH RUCCI SPRING 2010: MARTHA STEWART is a fan...
Chado by Ralph Rucci once again gave a satisfying show...The Fashion Runway beautifully set up like a painting...Ralph Rucci is indeed also a painter and has exhibited his work at 4 solo exibitions over the past 5 years. No wonder why all eyes were ready and anticipating to see the new collection including celebrities such as Martha Stewart, Steve Harvey, Ashlee Stanford & Simpson who were all front row sitting...At the entrance, it was a total chaos, a-listers, celebrities, fans trying to get in, hungry photographers pushing one another to get a good spot...everyone expected an amazing show especially after last season's flawless show. Chado Ralph Rucci is a luxury clothing line designed by Ralph Rucci, the first American designer to receive an invitation to the Paris haute couture shows since Mainbocher. The name of the collection comes from chado, the Japanese tea ceremony noted for its attention to detail, exactitude, sense of austere style, and intensive expertise on the part of the practitioner.
Chado who is very much inspired by Japanese culture and easthetics kept his designs minimalist and simple yet extremely elegant and rich in textures and details. He is a genius when it comes to construction methods in executing his creations. This season, Ralph has utilized extensively fabric treatments and embroidery techniques that "can be construed as stairways, or ladders, rising up from the hems of garments and literally becoming more refined as they climb " Color palette include mainly black & white,and some accents of pink, yellow and greys using rich and diverse fabrics such as chiffon, silk woven, silk gros and leather. The collection is delectably refreshing by the contrast made between the simplicity of his garments yet complexity of the fabrics and textures that he has himself created. The Silhouettes remained feminine yet classic. There was certainly something magical and mystical about his show...which attracts mainly an older clientele but something tells me Ralph Rucci has maybe convinced a few younger women to wear his impeccable & classic designs. I wouldn't be surprised to see Michelle Obama wearing a Chado dress. The collection was utterly beautiful.