Ralph Rucci Spring 2014 Collection

Posted on September 11, 2013

There are only so many ways one can say “impeccable” or “perfect,” which means writeups on Ralph Rucci collections tend to be repetitive affairs. We could take the lazy route and just copy the last writeup we did, because nothing’s changed. He is still working on a couture level, where the utmost importance is placed on using the very finest textiles and the most intricate and Old World-style techniques to render them into clothing. He has no interest in the latest trends or what fashion magazine editors or department store buyers tell him he should be doing. It’s always about producing the most stunningly beautiful clothes. There really isn’t a photograph here capable of conveying how beautifully made these garments are. Don’t let the surface simplicity fool you. Museum pieces, every one of them.





[Photo Credit: IMAXtree]

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  • I concur wholeheartedly, gentlemen. This is precisely why I have such unalloyed admiration for Ralph Rucci. He is not interested in trends, or in pyrotechnics for their own sake. He is interested in creating beautiful clothes, that are meant to be worn by real women. Looking at his work is endlessly inspiring to me.

    • Fanny_Trollope


  • down with this, except those weird straps, they remind me of the bondage pants they sell at hot topic.

    • On the first one I assumed it was a lead and there would be a small dog at the end of it. Scrolldown disappointment.

      • SophiaPehawkins

        Me too!

    • 3boysful

      Tails? Reins? ??? They remind me of when you played horse and wagon as a little kid, and used a rope to “drive” the “horse.”

      But beautiful clothes.

    • YoungSally

      The straps (for some reason) remind me of the leather straps that Hasids (and other orthodox/conservative) men wrap themselves with in prayer.

      • fiestyfashionfem

        Me too!

      • frannyprof


        • YoungSally

          Thank you — live on the UWS….but don’t speak the language.

  • Lucía Gavello

    So incredibly elegant! I feel a sudden urge to be Tilda Swinton.

    • Akmall Razlan

      me too, I could see Tilda Swinton but Tilda’s level is higher than this. Tilda is effortless and this collection is to me, Im so sorry, its boring.

  • rage_on_the_page

    Wow. I wish we saw more Ralph Rucci on the RC. Take a risk, ladystars!

    • I suspect his work is not often lent out, because he has no real interest in that level of promotion. He has stated many times that he likes working at the fairly small level that he does.

      • random_poster

        Thanks for explaining that. I was also wondering why we don’t see much of his work.

        • Its another reason I admire him so. He is, at the end of things, a man who does his work, for his clients, and because he loves it; not because he is obsessed with going global.

      • RedRaven617

        I was surprised at how vast the collection was. How many collections a year does he show?

        • I believe he just does a Spring/Summer, and a Fall/Winter.

          • Rosina Rucci

            Actually, we do Spring/Summer, Pre-Fall, Fall/Winter and Resort Collections each year.

          • Thanks so much for this response! Anytime I can imagine seeing more beautiful Ralph Rucci work it makes me smile.

  • That guy sitting, facing the camera is so distracting.

  • Meg0GayGuys6

    There are some shows that I’d LOVE to see in person for various reasons (The Blonds, Thom Browne seem so fun!) and this is one just so I could see the perfection up close. Photos don’t always do the work justice.

  • queeniethebold

    Absolutely, categorically, undisputedly spectacular. i just can’t even. So incredibly beautiful. What an artist.

    • Clueless_Jock

      The master of minimalism indeed.

  • I want EVERYTHING including the waist to pull them all off!

    • JDreesen

      HEARD. at first i was all, “oooh, i love all this thin fabric, and the short skirt layered over pants visual effect with the overcoat on top! must have! must wear! right now!”

      and then i remembered my ass. and hips. and overall non-model body.

      but the clothes – and styling – certainly do paint a lovely picture on the runway, don’t they?

      • Ah, but properly scaled and fitted, the vast majority of this collection could be worn by a myriad of sizes and body types. Its part of the beauty of his work. He is aware always that women are not all size 2 and 5’11”.

        • JDreesen

          oh, don’t get me wrong – i’m definitely a size 2 and 5’11”.

          HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAhAHHahhahaha HAHAHAH aHahhaah HAha whew! [wipes tear from corner of eye]….oh man. that was so difficult to type. sorry. i’m not a very good liar.

          in all seriousness, i get your point, and – were i ever in a circumstance where simple elegance and refinement were part of the dress code – Rucci would be on my short list (pun somewhat intended). so far though the extent of my wardrobe requirements has been denims without holes in them and twenty or so of the same comfortable, collarless tee in various colours. and i may have a pair of slingbacks somewhere at the ready should a funeral or wedding happen upon us. my closet is quite the spectacle…of mediocrity.

          let’s just say that i have had to tell at least two coworkers (on separate occasions) that no, they may not call What Not to Wear for me, and no, they may not give me their own makeover instead of calling that show.

          (also: myriad! love.)

          • MilaXX

            I would have KILLED for someone to call WNTW on me. 5k to shop for clothes with S & C? My idea of fun.

          • Sarah

            Right? I will miss the hell out of them. They taught me to not be afraid of dresses with belts!

          • alyce1213

            I would first die from the embarrassment of having my closet revealed, but I’d get over it — happily. I love them.

          • I loved it when Clinton read a question about clothes from a viewer on “The Chew” last week. He started to answer it, then said, “That show is cancelled. Wear whatever you want.”

          • demidaemon

            Maybe if TLC hadn’t thrown it all over the schedule and was actually somewhat interested in quality programming, we’d still have WNTW for years to come. *shakes fist ineffectually*

  • Jacquelyn

    Classy and elegant.

  • joything

    Love the majority of these – but the dangly strips would have to be edited out for this customer.

    • MoHub

      It’s pretty amazing that the models didn’t get those straps wrapped around their legs as they walked.

  • In_Stitches

    The merging of fashion and clothes, without one category making a sacrifice to accommodate the other. Love it. The only thing that bugs is the nike swoop neckline.

  • nannypoo

    I would love to wear this collection. So beautiful.

  • Nicholas

    AKA The Rooney Mara Collection.

    • MilaXX

      UGH! Please no. Her unsmiling mug would make every piece look like walking depression.

  • majorbedhead

    That olive, vaguely Asian-style, top and trousers is making me drool.

    • filmcricket

      As soon as I pictured it in a dark teal instead, I did the same. Gorgeous.

      • I agree. I wore that olive green in 1965 before I knew that it and mustard yellow were my worst enemies. And teal is my favorite color.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    These are the kind of clothes I will buy when I have a bazillion dollars; in the meantime I’ll just lust after all the jackets, which are to DIE for. Really beautiful work.

  • SylviaFowler

    Megan Draper would wear these in the 70s. This is my stamp of approval.

  • PeggyOC

    Jessica Biel and Hillary Swank need to have this man on speed-dial. He’s the guy who should be dressing their body types. Also, he clearly doesn’t have cats, or some of these designs would never have made it out of the workroom.

  • LaSylphide

    As much as I love B&W as a statement, I do wish for more color. But almost everything is classic: Nineteen and 22, the necklines and bracelet sleeves are right out of the Jackie Kennedy era but updated for today. Wonderful.

  • rkdgal

    So, how does one pronounce “Chado?” Is it just Cha-doe, as it’s spelled, or is the CH doing something different (and vaguely European)? Help out a fellow bitter kitten, won’t you?

    • ballerinawithagun

      If I remember correctly Chado is Japanese and refers to the tea ceremony and all of the beauty and precision that accompany the ceremony when performed correctly. Rucci aspires to attain this with every collection.

    • alyce1213

      I found this: In Japanese, it sounds more like Cha-dah, but maybe they westernized the pronunciation somehow.

  • crash1212

    His collections are the ones I look forward to the most. Stunning.

  • Carrieanno

    As beautiful as the clothes are, I cannot get past the sad fact that so many of the models need to eat.

  • Kike Martínez

    Their clothes are really beautiful, but i disagree, i see some actual trends here.. And some of the askew cut-out tops, are not flattering

    • Lower L

      Like the trend of visible nipples? SO, so tired of that one.

      But I do love the first olive-green jacket (#17).

  • ballerinawithagun

    Perfection as usual! I am lusting after the first olive pant ensemble, be still my heart. He referred to the extra pieces at the waist as aprons. I would love to see how they are fastened, any idea? The create wonderful geometric color blocking.

    • decormaven

      Yes, that olive is stunning. This is such a carefully edited collection; a pleasure to view.

    • quiltrx

      My skin tone won’t allow the olive, but the detailing of that pantsuit is incredible.

  • imspinningaround

    The black and gold minis with the pailettes. Give them to me now. NOW!

  • sagecreek

    Absolutely gorgeous, although I am not cool enough to get all the hangy-down belt straps.

  • mmebam

    Hark! Yon print amid the sea of solids and blocking…

  • Monday1900

    That dress with the maltese cross on the bodice is really striking. I love collections where I actually want to buy the pieces (in that fantasy land where I’ve won the lottery). It’s getting to be very rare.

  • Pudgy Possum

    The straps create a nice effect, but I think they’d be caught in every doorway and walked upon by other people. That being said, whatever bitch wears Ralph Rucci had some real class.

  • marlie

    This is simply gorgeous. Just about every pieces is beautifully made (there’s really only one that I don’t like).

  • alyce1213

    I’d pay just to see these in person.

  • Amy Norten

    This seems like a very Swinton collection. Maybe Jolie as well.

  • MilaXX

    Breathtaking! In my dreams someone has gifted my the griege patterned coat. I also hope someone wears that copper paillettes dress, that silvery suit or any of the shimmery dresses. I also LOVE that black top with the satin-y skirt. Please ladystars, make this happen!

  • conniemd

    The man really knows how to make a coat and jacket to perfection. They also would look good on many real world women of different sizes, particularly with the flowy pants. This is a collection I could dream to wear for so many different occasions. However, the straps would have to be a bit shorter, because I can just imagine dragging the pink straps on a New York sidewalk.

    • alyce1213

      You won’t have to drag the straps, you’d be going straight from the limo to the RC. 🙂

  • much2learn

    While they are beautifully crafted clothes, those belts give me anxiety about being in public washrooms in these clothes. Too many potential issues : P

  • jen

    Wow. Now THAT is how you do sheer without being derivative or tacky. I am loving the tunics over pants!

    • Erica_Vuitton

      This is so off topic, but whenever I read your comments I just imagine Al talking fashion and I legit laugh out loud. Great avi.

      • jen

        Ha ha, thanks! That would be so amazing! 😀

  • Mrs. Julien


  • Sunraya

    If I had the money and figure for couture, this would be one of my “go to” guys, along with Herrara, and Nicole Miller. Then, I would be happy getting dressed every day!

  • Sunraya

    Anyone know who has worn his clothes? I would love to see what they looked like on the RC or at a gala or something!

    • alyce1213

      Search this website (upper right) for Chado Ralph Rucci and you’ll see some. Not a whole lot, but wow.
      Also, I think Carmen Dell’Orefice was wearing a Rucci ensemble to his show.

  • It seems this show was longer, with more pieces than some other collections? Maybe it’s just me.
    Oh to have the money for one of the little black dresses in the middle of the show! And any one of the coats.

  • formerlyAnon

    Platinum credit cards were melting, the well-to-do in the audience were whipping them out so fast. (Or, well, would have been, if buying stuff were something one did real time during a fashion show.) Though Herrera’s evening/formal wear beats Rucci’s out for my tastes.

    And if I were in the income bracket, I’d be right there. This is actually turning out to be a decent season for wealthy fashionistas of a certain age.

  • quiltrx

    Beautiful stuff. I LOVE that (embossed leather, I’m assuming?) black jacket 4th down. I also love all the beaded/sequined/giant pailletted looks.
    I’m not sure about the hanging straps. I wouldn’t want anyone telling me my pants are untied. 🙂

  • Let it out

    Lovely clothes. I am frightened by how shockingly gaunt those models are; the scraped-back hair only emphasizes their hollowed cheekbones.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I don’t love all the skirts-over-pants, but I do appreciate the playful approach to silhouette. There are some very striking, wearable red carpet dresses in the latter half (and one difficult-to-wear shiny greenish suit that I’d love to see Cate Blanchett try, or maybe Frieda Pinto). Quite a diverse set of models.

    And when I win the lottery, I’m coming for that leather jacket.

  • Erin Cullen

    Those hangy things make me think all these models are squids.

  • Diego!

    STUNNING. Period.

  • *sigh*

    What I wouldn’t do to see these in person, let alone wear them. Glorious.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    There are a lot of pieces here that I love, but that ivory wool coat is making my mouth water. Want.

  • Kate4queen

    Just beautiful.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    What a lovely and wearable collection.

  • Kimberly Wilcox

    They had me until the plastic dot dresses. Its possible that in person they don’t look like a tacky disco ball…but in photos oh boy do they seem odd. Everything else is his usual wonderfully made, completely wearable pieces of clothing.

  • DeTrop

    I love this collection. This is true elegance. Oh to be rich and thin.

  • bringbackbeatles

    This isn’t even my typical style and I loved so much of it! The photos are gorgeous, so if they don’t do the clothes justice, as T.Lo says, then these clothes must be quite something to see in real life.

    I will say that, while the models are beautiful, there were several outfits where I was distracted by how painfully thin they look. I just hope they are okay because we all know there are crazy expectations about body size and shape for models.

  • If I were a rich woman of leisure, I would buy this whole collection and wear a different piece every day and walk around absolutely knowing that I looked better than all the other rich women of leisure. sigh…

  • Puggermeg

    I have had the privilege of working with RR on a collaboration that he has with the company I work for. This has allowed me to see his clothes up close & personal. There are NO WORDS for the craftsmanship. NONE. Any detail that you may see in these photos – you may assume that things are machine cut or embossed – they are not. It is all hand-work. Huge amounts of respect for his vision and his execution. (If you are interested he has a furniture collection out now too!)

    • demidaemon

      That’s pretty amazing considering the sheer quantity of looks here. *bows down to the master*

  • Jacob Bowen

    It is all very simple and elegant but I ESPECIALLY love the first two paillette dresses! That gold dress is calling my drag name!

  • Katesymae

    Quick, to the TLo phone! Someone call SJP’s stylist! SJ’s slowly been evolving away from Carrie Bradshaw fashion, but wouldn’t it be great if she went towards this?! Image game-changer. These clothes – especially #s 15, 33, 42, and 56 – would really take the whole cosmopolitan-arts-and-fashion-patroness thing she’s been rocking (somewhat inconsistently) lately to the next level and show that she’s not afraid to let go of her sexy-single-girl-next-door past. They’re so womanly and sophisticated and luxurious and utterly screaming for a wearer who truly loves fine clothes (#51 = a dream!).

    Plus, say what you want about her acting ability/choice of roles/perceived persona, etc., but nobody pulls off a naked dress like SJP. Slammin’ bod.

  • Aaminah Khan

    Maybe it’s just the styling, but a few of those minidresses are just SCREAMING “Frau Klum”.

  • Rebecca Clifford

    Some of these pieces I feel like I need to see in real life in order to appreciate them – the cut and whatnot. But overall, there is some really breathtaking stuff here. Cannot get on board with the dangling straps, though. I just don’t get them. But that’s niggling stuff. It is a seriously gorgeous collection.

  • Juniper

    The models all look so…ill. In a genetically-favored, high-cheekbones, perfectly-made-up way.

    But they mostly look like cancer patients with bronzer.

  • Akmall Razlan

    Well, the construction of each piece is well executed but unfortunately, this collection, somehow, has been seem before, its like watching a prerecorded tape and it was played over again. Why? not enough inspiration? please, dig more!

  • Andrea Lentz

    these are some of the most disturbing looking models, i was distracted from the clothes!

  • Kristy Sheldon

    I love all of these looks. And I fucking love nearly every one of them! Awesome!