Thursday, September 15, 2011

Looks to patent

The fashion crowd yesterday afternoon in the big theater tent at Lincoln Center after the spectacular Chado Ralph Rucci show. Photo: DPC.
Thursday, September 15, 2011. Warm, humid and sunny yesterday with some magnificent cloud formations late in the day which looked like rain maybe, but no.

Heavy traffic again midtown. Michael’s to lunch.
Big crowd of the usual suspects plus some surprises including Euan Rellie with Clay Speakman of the Robb Report; the Fearsome Fivesome (minus one): Dr. Gerry Imber, Jerry Della Femina, Michael Kramer and Andy Bergman, and no Jeff Greenfield; Geraldine Laybourne (of Oxygen Media). Francine LeFrak hosting a table; Wayne Kabak and Lauren Green, Molly Jong–Fast and Jamie Brickhouse (I wrote about Molly’s new novel Social Climber's Handbook on Monday’s NYSD); literary agent Luke Janklow; Jim Abernathy; Diane Clehane with Andrew Amill of Weight Watchers; Michael Fuchs with Nancy Peretsman; Phil Robinson with the Lakers’ Matt Barnes; Barry Frey of Cablevision with Charles Bonan; Edward Cox, chair of the NY State Republican Committee whose father-in-law was President Nixon (Tricia Nixon is Mrs. Cox); Alexis Glick of Fox News with former First Lady of NY State, Michelle Patterson; Rob Weisbach; Democratic National Committee chair Andy Tobias; the FT’s brilliant US editor Gillian Tett; PR honcho Catherine Saxton; Liza Finley with playwright Mart Crowley (“Boys In the Band”), Vartan Gregorian; and attorney Rob Barnett and thousands more just like ‘em (a slight exaggeration in the number).

I was lunching with Emilia Saint-Amand whom I’ve known since the early '70s when I was in the shmatte business in Westchester and Emilia was a regular customer. Right after lunch, we grabbed a cab and went up to the Tent at Lincoln Center for the Chado Ralph Rucci show.
Waiting for the doors to open for the Ralph Rucci show. The white head is that of Helen O'Hagan veteran fashionista, former head of public relations for Saks Fifth Avenue. Jolie Hunt with her friend Tatiana Sorokko, who was in from San Francisco for the shows.
The irrepressibly glamorous Carmen Dell'Orefice (in her Ralph Rucci) with a friend, just before the doors opened. Former Halston model Nancy North Dugan, also a big fan of Rucci, who along with Nancy and her late husband Bill Dugan, started with Halston.
This was my first trip up to Lincoln Center for the runway shows, and the first time I’ve been in the tent that they set up between the David Koch Theater and the Metropolitan Opera House. It’s a great improvement from the Bryant Park tents – much bigger, more space and light and a fantastic main theater.

It wasn’t my first time seeing Ralph’s collections on the runway, although before they’ve been held in his studio which is a spacious loft downtown, but nothing compared to this gigantic tent. The tent was the perfect venue for Ralph’s show. Everything was vast to accommodate his spectacular collection. Ralph has a look that he could probably patent. When women buy his clothes, they are building a collection, from season to season, year to year, there is a unity: simple, classic yet unique.
Camera on Hilary Geary Ross and Jim Reginato of Vanity Fair. In the front row (with the dark glasses on her head, Cathy Horyn of The New York Times, with Marcus Samuelsson.
A front row: Robert Verdi, Pamela Fiori, Iris Apfel, Charlotte Moss, and Susan Gutfreund (standing) talking to Prince Dimitri.
The plastic cover being removed from the bakelite-like Rucci runway.
Ready or not, here comes Chado Ralph Rucci ...
The bank of photogs at the end of the runway.
The show goes on ...
There was a big crowd of social girls and ladies, fashionistas, the industry people – retailers, buyers, public relations people. The collection was dedicated to the late Casey Ribicoff, long a great supporter of Chado Ralph Rucci, a woman of great taste who was a dedicated admirer and customer.

The entire collection was shown to the music of Ravel’s Bolero, matching the simplicity, the classic and the spectacular. There was a lot of applause for individual pieces and a standing ovation for their creator when he made his brief bow at the end of the show. Ellin Saltzman can give you the details on today’s NYSD. My little digital got most of the numbers ...
The man himself.
A look around the "tent" after the show ...
The new Mercedes-Benz SLS. I'll take one of those.
And two of those!
The crowd letting out onto the Josie Robertson Plaza looking west.
Re-wind: Tuesday night at 7 at 11 West 42nd Street, the soon-to-be future home of Oscar de la Renta’s showrooms and offices, they presented Oscar’s Spring and Resort Collection. I had a front row seat with the digital and de la Renta never disappoints when it comes to glamour and high fashion.

Incidentally while waiting for the show to begin, I tried the digital out on the feet. Shoes have become such a dominant element of fashion display, I was curious to see what I could notice besides the red soles of Christian Louboutin ...
The shoes ...
And the show ...

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