June 25, 2009 New York
The MO at Chado is the careful refining and evolution of Ralph Rucci's now signature techniques like suspension and slot seams. His customers like it that way (and so, apparently, do aficionados of Vogue Patterns. Rucci's are the number one seller in all categories—who knew?). Loyal clients and sew-it-yourself types won't be disappointed with Rucci's Resort collection, but he might win some new fans with his uncharacteristically sunny palette. Chiffons in "Courréges pink" (the designer's term) and lemony yellow were tucked and stitched into whispers of summer dresses, and there were some piped linen numbers—one with a sort of tennis vibe—that took the country club look up at least one notch. Resort found Rucci on his game.
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