Oh wait a minute, I didn't tell you how incredibly cool the showroom is - One side is completely mirrored, then there are two sides filled with very neat lines of garment racks and above them are Ralph Rucci paintings. He paints! The front wall holds huge windows with cool linen drapes and three Asian (?) maybe Buddhist bust/mask (?)... hmmm... I'm only sure that there are three beautiful pieces of sculpture there. The line between art gallery and workspace is really blurry.
OK back to the collection... This collection is sculptural and for the cool cultured woman, who isn't following trends but wants beautiful clothes to live in..... and wants them to be classic enough to buck trends and remain chic year after year.
These are my absolute favorites......
Speaking of movement, the cartridge pleats on the skirt of this dress are phenomenal (Cartridge pleats were popular during the 16th and 17th centuries and adorned both women's and men's clothing )! Clearly to get the heavenly movement of monastic robes worn by the clergy in the Renaissance period, hundreds of perfectly hand folded pleats must be sewn with a precision that I can not imagine.... took my breath away. God IS in the details.
|Close up of Pomodoro's Il Grande Disco|
The Pomodoro Tailleur. This jacket is quintessential Ralph Rucci, inspired by art (Arnaldo Pomodoro), dimensional, and pushing a classic shape ever forward. Every angle of this jacket has so many dimensional surprises.... I felt like I could look 'into' the jacket, as if it were layers upon layers of fabric. Very much like the work of Pomodoro.... an artist who creates a universe that invites you to peer inside.
The crowning jewel in this collection... the dress I could not stop thinking about is ...
The Tulle Pomodoro Infanta
(... just take it in... I want this dress!)
To see the whole collection, click HERE
I was really inspired by all the blood sweat and tears that go into a Ralph Rucci Collection. And even though I haven't had my sewing machine out in years, I bought this Chado Ralph Rucci pattern (V1073) today. I'll let you know how it goes in a future post.