Could Ralph Rucci be a rock star designer?
Mr. Rucci dresses Martha Stewart, Deeda Blair and the decorator Susan Gutfreund, and they don’t harbor any illusions about the excitement of double-faced cashmere, a Rucci mainstay.
But here he was, Thursday night in his mirror-lined studio in SoHo, before a crowd that included Patti Smith, Whoopi Goldberg and Fran Lebowitz, with Grace Slick growling on the soundtrack — and it hit you that the clothes, most of them, had the extra quality of performance.
Who would have thought? Mr. Rucci’s clothes have a devotion to elegance that can feel as pitiless as a sermon on a hot summer day. Or, at least they did. In recent seasons he has lightened up on the construction and the high-priestess lines. And the difference this time, besides holding the show in-house, where the clothes looked that much more pleasurable, is that Mr. Rucci seemed far more ready to let the choir — that is, his capable workroom — sing and whoop and not allow his designs to compete with it.
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