RALPH RUCCI EXITS HIS OWN LABEL
Ralph Rucci, photo courtesy of thegroundmag.com
Hey there Pretty Birds,
Ralph Rucci has left the fashion house he founded in 1994. The news came out late last night and, according to a company statement, the designer is leaving to “pursue other creative endeavours” (source: WWD.com). A new creative director will be appointed before the end of the year. In the meantime, an in-house team will design the pre-fall and fall 2015 collections and the first collection for the named-to-be designer will be that of resort 2016. Throughout the years, Rucci made a name for himself with his sophisticated and highly detailed clothes, worn by the most diverse women – from Deeda Blair and Patti Smith to Martha Stewart and Whoopi Goldberg. His aim has always been to ““cut, cut, cut… [and] make clothes in new ways, so a woman becomes empowered and not decorated” (source: WWD.com). His many mentors and muses throughout the years have included Balenciaga, Pauline de Rothschild, Halston, Elsa Peretti, James Galanos and Hubert de Givenchy… The question is now just one: will the brand survive without it’s founder? We’ll have to wait and see.