Chado Ralph Rucci Spring 2012 Collection

Posted on September 21, 2011

Chado Ralph Rucci Spring 2012 Collection

This was our very first chance to attend a Chado Ralph Rucci show and we felt like we were entering a cathedral, so excited were we by the opportunity. Sure, there’s always the Fashion Week fun of spotting celebs like Martha Stewart and Whoopi Goldberg in the front row, but the real thrill was in getting to see these exquisite clothes up close. The crowd consisted mainly of socialites wearing his designs and never have we seen so many chic and sophisticated-looking people gathered in one place. You got a real sense of loyalty and devotion to the designer from these ladies. They love his work and they loved these clothes as they paraded past him. He got a standing ovation at the end. As for us, we may not have spent the show picturing ourselves in any of them, but we definitely got caught up in the pleasure of watching gorgeously rendered garments with amazing details and impeccable work sashay past our eyes. The beauty is in the details and unfortunately, nothing can match the experience of seeing these clothes in person.

 

Chado Ralph Rucci Spring 2012 Collection
Chado Ralph Rucci Spring 2012 Collection
Chado Ralph Rucci Spring 2012 Collection
Chado Ralph Rucci Spring 2012 Collection
Chado Ralph Rucci Spring 2012 Collection
Chado Ralph Rucci Spring 2012 Collection

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Getty]

    • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

      Does Whoopi Goldberg wear Ralph Rucci, or am I thinking of something/someone else?  I have this feeling that I’ve read that she really likes his designs, but I can’t quite match this up with the daily travesty of what the hell she wears on The View.

      • MilaXX

        I can see Whoopi wear his stuff. it’s just the way she pairs them. Imagine that white coat with the big black circles, a pair of her jeans and those crazy shoes she wears.

    • http://twitter.com/tommarkiewicz88 tom markiewicz

      okay TLO, if you say “you had to see them in person” one more time, i’ll throttle you

    • Anonymous

      Looks lovely.  I wish I could have seen it in person, too.

      I wonder if he ever paid Kelly.

      • Sobaika Mirza

        Who is Kelly?

    • Anonymous

      What’s going on with that Three Wolf Moon print? Totally incongruous.

    • http://twitter.com/DresswithAplomb Aplomb Pomilio

      glad you got to see them in person. :-)

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      Now, *that’s* today’s dose of pretty.  Lovely.

    • Anonymous

      It does all scream socialite.  I couldn’t help thinking Debbie Reynolds for some reason.  I’m guessing this means I think it skews old.

      • Anonymous

        I think that’s because everything is loose and most of it has sleeves. And because so much of it is white. Real people rarely wear white because it stains.

    • Anonymous

      I like.  Modern, simple with an edge.

    • Susan Woolley

      Simply elegant.

    • aussiegal77

      GORgeous!

    • Anonymous

       Grand ma, ma will be quite content wearing one of these to afternoon tea or her historical society luncheons. This is very appropriate for the geriatric set. The mention of Whoopi and the thought of her street urchin style, put this dead in the water for me.

    • Patty Wetli

      When I saw earlier images of this show, I couldn’t wait to see more. While I think there are some lovely looks here, I have to say, in terms of pure “fashion,” I vastly preferred the inventiveness behind the Marc Jacobs show. I know I’m in the minority there, but I’m not necessarily looking for things I’d wear–because let’s face it, I’ll never wear anything remotely designer–but things that seem like art, instead of clothes.

      • Anonymous

         I think I know what you mean – but I think the way these are put together IS art, albeit of a subtler kind. I’d love to see these inside out – especially the garments combining the stiffer fabric with the softer and/or sheer fabrics.

    • Lisa

      Beautiful beautiful beautiful, start to finish!

    • Anonymous

      Chado Ralph Rucci is American Haute Couture. I had the great pleasure of seeing the retrospective at FIT a few years back. The construction of his garments is simply breathtaking!

    • Anonymous

      I really respond well to these kind of details and ‘extras’ that make what would otherwise be a sort of straightforward garment really outstanding.

      I can picture The Tilda and The Cate in plenty of these.  Very classy.

    • Anonymous

      Some of it does read older but in a wonderful way. That white coat with the black circles and the top and bottom center…put that on a fierce 70 year old grande dame with silver hair and the good sense to let years pass between facelifts, and I will beg her to adopt me. 

      • Anonymous

        Agreed! I also think that swapping the pants out for black tights or stockings and adding dark red patent pumps would turn this into a killer look for a forty-something. I could see SJP in that.

    • sarah jacobs

      I had thought that Rucci’s stuff was kind of meh until i saw it in person at a show at FIT. His work is beautiful..that’s a given but it is also smart and sexy in clever  but not trampy ways .He will play with an idea about clothing a body in the ways that if the clothes weren’t so wearable, would be unbearable…like an overly ernest art installationabout global warming. Some of his garments are like jokes about clothing that are delighful..laugh out loud funny…. but from a distance and in photos they just look like pretty clothes.

    • Anonymous

      Thoroughly agreed that some of these look made for Tilda Swinton. There’s elegance, restraint, and whimsy all at once. Such a fabulously cohesive collection, too, without being repetitive at all. Stunning.

      I hate the look singled out at the top though. Not the ruffly blush thing in the thumbnail — that is purely delightful. The gown with the silver skirt. The bodice and shape are lovely but the color, fabric, and hem of the skirt are making me twitch.

    • MilaXX

      Loving everything except the jacket in the 5th picture. That looks like something Rhinana would wear.

    • Anonymous

      Is it Ralph Rucci who is the only American designer that truly makes couture as the French define it? I thought I read that somewhere.

      • Anonymous

        No, but he has been invited to show in Paris as a guest member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      even i like this stuff.
      it says something about how the world’s tastes have changed when people are calling a whole mess of sheer, metallic & a coat w/ a circular window to one’s crotch a collection for grandmothers. or tilda swinton. who may, actually, be a grandmother? or soon? or are her kids young?

    • http://twitter.com/somuchhotter Ethan Barclay-Ennew

      Ralph’s collection makes me think of what Olivier could be if he matured as a designer, a little Jill Sanders and a little Oscar with a side of Armani

      • Anonymous

        I had a flash of Olivier looking at some of those jackets.

    • Anonymous

      I can picture Cathy Cambridge in some of those dresses.  She should give it consideration.

    • Anonymous

      Excellent!

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      I admit proudly to an unapologetic adoration for Ralph Rucci’s work.  This is another spectacular collection from one of the most consistently innovative and deeply skilled people in the American Fashion industry.  The pictures can’t begin to describe how immaculate and detailed every seemingly serene piece is.

    • Anonymous

      It’s too bad a welfare program for the middle class to obtain these clothes, does not exist.  Le sigh…  

    • Anonymous

      The collection is beautiful, but I legitimately gasped when I saw that first dress. Boobage aside, it’s incredibly gorgeous – simple and perfect. And I normally hate that shade of purple. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1266410766 Phyllis Craine

      The man is a true genius and his clothes are indeed available to all of us –  Vogue Patterns has carried his designs for a couple years now.  Not for beginners but an advanced sewist or a professional seamstress could easily make one:
      http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/search-pages-633.php?search_term=chado&submit.x=9&submit.y=14

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for the link. I would have flipped rapidly past those in the pattern book, but looking at the details, they are lovely. And Vogue helped me realize another reason his things are wonderful-they have shape to them! Real people with hips and boobs could wear them and be flattered.  But the details! Absolutely enchanting.

    • Anonymous

      I love the LBDs. Wish the images were closer up so we can see some more of the details. Really interesting collection.

    • Anonymous

      Madame Gres worthy successor!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1540233153 Malve Lyborg

      REALLY liked it on first glance. Kind of elegant chinese-flabber-hamptons-chic, if that makes any sense.

      Just to nerd a little bit:
      The model on the first picture is Vanessa Hegelmaier, Season 3 of “Germany’s Next Top Model”, where she dropped out in the nineth episode (officially because of an concussion, but she seems a smart girl and got aware of the possibilities she had without Heidi Klum). As far as I know the only GNTM-Girl that had an international career on the runway.

    • Anonymous

      Heavenly.  Those are some fabulous clothes. Simple, but every detail tells.  Now, to sell a kidney so I can afford them.

    • Anonymous

      He is extraordinary, the first American designer invited to show couture in Paris, and, he is from Philadelphia! 
      Everyone should own his book, a revelation.

    • Anonymous

      What a gorgeous way to start the day. Thanks, boys!

    • Anonymous

      Me likey.

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunate how glossy the runway was.

      I can absolutely get behind a few of these looks, but it’s just not really my scene. 

    • Anonymous

      Wow I like this. Elegant, with a splash of ’60s Cardin… For the edgy socialte, if there is such a thing. That luminous raincoat, dress coat, droate in the first row - what is that – organza? is really stunning and would look great on a range of women, e.g. age, body type, ethnicity.

    • Anonymous

      Wow I like this. Elegant, with a splash of ’60s Cardin… For the edgy socialte, if there is such a thing. That luminous raincoat, dress coat, droate in the first row - what is that – organza? is really stunning and would look great on a range of women, e.g. age, body type, ethnicity.

    • Anonymous

      I covet the asian looking jacket with the circles.  I would also knock that model down on the runway and steal that cool caftan-y thing.  And I would not feel guilty.

    • Anonymous

      I covet the asian looking jacket with the circles.  I would also knock that model down on the runway and steal that cool caftan-y thing.  And I would not feel guilty.

      • Anonymous

        The circle jacket is the only look I can see Whoopi wearing.

      • Anonymous

        The circle jacket is the only look I can see Whoopi wearing.

    • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

      No to the plastic wrap but the rest is gorgeous.

    • Anonymous

      Everything is very lovely but what is that gown in the last row on the left? It looks like her clutch is on a black leash attached to the dress. Either that or a glitter encrusted rock at the hem. And if some commented earlier–I apologize, I haven’t gone through all the comments yet.

    • http://robot-heart.tumblr.com heartbot

      Models from outer space!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C65IT4K6RYN4TWRMFJOI3VUDAI Olechka Milashka

      WOW, how stylish and sophisticated!  I was picturing myself in quite a few of these 

    • Anonymous

      I must confess that I go to what I call the “scary” areas of Nieman Marcus and Saks in San Francisco so I can fondle clothes that I’ll never be able to afford! Rucci’s pieces are some of my favorite. They are stunning. You could wear them inside out they’re so perfect. The quality is just something out of this world. I cruise through the expensive designer clothing on my way to see my favorite Rothko at the SFMOMA – makes for a very inspirational day.

    • Anonymous

      I must confess that I go to what I call the “scary” areas of Nieman Marcus and Saks in San Francisco so I can fondle clothes that I’ll never be able to afford! Rucci’s pieces are some of my favorite. They are stunning. You could wear them inside out they’re so perfect. The quality is just something out of this world. I cruise through the expensive designer clothing on my way to see my favorite Rothko at the SFMOMA – makes for a very inspirational day.

    • Anonymous

      soothing

    • Anonymous

      soothing

    • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo Vickie Lord

      Wow, so gorgeous!!

    • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

      Prom 2112 – All I see is shiny with Borg hair. Not all bad, but not a good look for everyone.

    • http://profiles.google.com/ballinger.jl Jessica Ballinger

      Wow.  Just, WOW.  My favorite is the short white dress on the second to last row.  And the middle dress in the last row.  Crazy beautiful.

    • Anonymous

      Unbelievable.  This is the first collection I have ever seen that has made me wish I had thousands to spend on clothes.  These are classy, wearable works of art.

    • Anonymous

      It is fun to go visit the Chado Ralph Rucci in stores to observe the construction.

    • Anonymous

      I wish I could have seen it in person.  I want to see how the clothes move.  And they’re so stunning I want to look at them for a long time, see them from the back and the side.  Thanks for posting about the show–I had never heard of this designer before. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GQIN74TNNQROY5JFPOWWBGJWEM andy

      Just a little color? Pretty please?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GQIN74TNNQROY5JFPOWWBGJWEM andy

      Just a little color? Pretty please?

    • Anonymous

      i have always adored crr and am more jealous of you guys seeing this one show than your attendance at fashion week in general. i especially love the first look, the white-silver (platinum?) coat, 1st row, left-most picture, as well as the coat underneath it. the peek-a-boo lines would look amazing with some of the bright solids & prints of spring. i also like the smoke print (i know it isn’t smoke, but a picture of some sort in shades of grey, which comes off looking like smoke curls) jacket/top in the 4th row.

    • Anonymous

      Nice — what I think of as “smart” clothing. In the old fashioned sense. 

    • Anonymous

      Nice — what I think of as “smart” clothing. In the old fashioned sense. 

    • Anonymous

      I’d be loyal if I could afford these. He’s got shapes that would look good on both svelte and, well, less svelte bodies & the clothing HAS shape – meaning you can see that the shape is tailored into it, it doesn’t depend on the angular, elongated bones of a model underneath. And I like the (non) use of color – even fussier designs come off looking clean because the color is so restrained.

    • Anonymous

      I’d be loyal if I could afford these. He’s got shapes that would look good on both svelte and, well, less svelte bodies & the clothing HAS shape – meaning you can see that the shape is tailored into it, it doesn’t depend on the angular, elongated bones of a model underneath. And I like the (non) use of color – even fussier designs come off looking clean because the color is so restrained.

    • Anonymous

      I have a serious gay crush on Ralph Rucci. Daddy is fine. 

    • Anonymous

      I have a serious gay crush on Ralph Rucci. Daddy is fine. 

    • Nicole Bloomfield

      Truly lovely, but it really reminds me of 60s Balenciaga. Especially the sleeves. At least it’s not as literal interpretation as i’ve seen other designers do.