June 25, 2008
This October, Ralph Rucci will receive a National Design Award from Cooper-Hewitt. But you scarcely need that nugget of information to know that Rucci likes his fashion sculptural and dripping with concept and reference. All of that was present in his Resort collection, but he also introduced a new element here. Call it Rucci Lite: chic dresses and gowns in matte jersey and a lovely little white pintucked chiffon cocktail frock that should make the younger set (who wouldn't usually give this label a chance) think twice.