May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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THE SHAPE OF THINGS
New York: Fashion people aren’t typically known to be math aficionados, but Ralph Rucci has always been the cerebral type. For his first Pre-Fall offering, he used concave and convex shapes when creating his elegant garments. Visible seams highlighted the curving angles and added visual interest. The tasteful assortment featured A-line coats with bell sleeves, perfectly cut straight-leg trousers, angular jackets, and classic shifts. A pair of dresses made from double-knit wool jersey was a highlight, and each coat was more beautiful than the last. In an interview, Rucci let out a spoiler for his upcoming F/W 13 collection, stating that the tones of the current offering were a “shadow” of the vibrant hues he will release in February. Though his followers are surely swooning over his Pre-Fall looks, they will be impatiently waiting to see what Rucci can do with brights.–Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: A-line / Hourglass / Sharp shoulders / Rounded shoulders
Color: Blackberry / Black / Ivory / Tan / Heather grey / Navy / Charcoal / Carnation pink
Key Items: Coats with curved seams / Double-knit jersey shifts / Leather blazer / Textured silk bow-neck blouse
Materials: Textured silk / Matte suitings / Double-knit wool jersey / Bonded cashmere / Leather / Moleskin / Velvet
Details + Trim: Visible seams / Leather trim / Rounded shoulders / Fur lining / Bow necklines / Batwing sleeves / Decorative fabric-covered buttons / Sequins
Accessories + Footwear: Over-the-knee boots / Strappy sandals / Pointy-toe pumps
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