The Clothes: Neon everywhere mixed in with black and white. All the models wore tiny PVC fingerless gloves to accompany the plastic garnishes on certain looks, leaving them looking like warriors of the New York social scene. The fabrication and detail work on the pieces was elaborate and beautiful, as we’ve come to expect from Ralph Rucci. There were hand-painted silks, ostrich feather puffs, giant ball skirts, and body con cut-outs trimmed in neon highlights.
The Hair & Makeup: Slicked back hair tucked under at the nape and dramatic eye makeup with a hint of neon pink liner.
The Soundtrack: Bass thumping so loud, the septuagenarians behind me covered their ears.
The Vibe: Old school fashion show. Models stopped a quarter of the way down the runway on their return trips to give the photo pit a smoldering over-the-shoulder glare (some girls were more into it than others), and the audience was made up of classic New York ladies looking for something stylish to wear to the charity ball circuit.
The Front Row: Carmen dell’Orefice who was overwhelmed by the photographers (including Bill Cunningham) snapping her picture and Martha Stewart sat quietly with a Canon camera snapping her fave runway looks.
Celebrity We’d Most Like to See Wearing this Collection: Even though Chado Ralph Rucci’s “lady” could be her grandmother, Selena Gomez would look perfect in some of the neon ensembles shown.
WTF Moment: The Mick Jagger look-alike photographer who served as de facto bodyguard to Carmen dell’Orefice, not allowing anyone to come within four feet of the iconic model.