June 21, 2011
Ralph Rucci's approach to Resort may be more casual than it is for Fall or Spring, as his director of sales put it, but the designer hardly pulled back from the couturelike touches that make his clothes quietly announce, "It's expensive and I'm worth it." Rucci's linen sheaths, cut close to the body, were accented with panels of satin to accentuate the form; the double crepe suiting had signature sheer insets (the most technically accomplished extended the insets from the midriff to the elbows); and a dressy white sequined evening number was lined with graduated, concentric rings of horsehair so that it stood away from the body like a bell. A grand white linen caftan seamed with satin, and pajama sets in black or champagne silk, on the other hand, really did have an ease about them. But it's a Palm Beach kind of ease; you won't see them strolling down just any old strip of sand.