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Fashion Week El Paseo Closing Night: Ralph Rucci

Fashion Week El Paseo Closing Night: Ralph Rucci

In Palm Springs real estate, it’s all about location. In Ralph Rucci’s new collection, which debuted to a standing ovation on the final night of Fashion Week El Paseo, it’s all about the fabrics: the silks, the wool crepe, the leather and fur, even a silky ephemeral cape that floats off a model’s shoulder like a bridal veil and printed with the most delicate and original design.

Rucci’s collection – and each individual look — embodies an artistic vision: a cut out dress that reveals just slivers of skin with a spider-webbed back; or cutouts that follow the line of the shoulder and swoop of the scapula elevate the concept of power suit to a whole new level. Even the models, wearing identical tight buns, look empowered in his designs. You could practically feel how luxurious a bright pink silk kaftan felt flowing just above bare feet. I imagined wearable butter.

Unlike other designers who favor top-of-the-leg hemlines and open backs and plunge necklines, often in the same dress, Rucci understands that the true meaning of sexy is about a deliberate hide and reveal, as well as a deep appreciation for the structure of a woman’s body, which each look is designed to follow and enhance. Most of Rucci’s dresses fall just above the knee or to the floor. You’ll never see a woman tugging down the hemline of a Rucci dress to avoid a wardrobe malfunction. In fact his clothes are designed to function beautifully, even perfectly, and his artistry is what has made him both celebrated and beloved. A black dress with an illusion neckline features a back detail that traces a woman’s spine. Another dress carved out at the waist has a slight waist and illusion back – variations on the same theme, but showing just the right amount of skin that is less about suggesting what might lie beneath and more about “this is what I choose to show.” A suit with a boxy texture and shape has cuts in the fabric that are only visible as the model moves makes a striking statement: these clothes are meant to be embodied by a woman, and the grace and beauty of the designs are activated only as she moves.

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Shopping High-Fashion Paris

Shopping High-Fashion Paris on the CheapIn nearly three decades of visiting Paris, a highlight of my sojourns is shopping for the sort of Franco-distinct fashions impossible to find at home. Over the years, the proliferation of chain stores in Paris (and easy access to French luxury brands at home) has made finding unique pieces a challenge.

So, on a recent trip, when I noticed a secondhand shop filled with high-end designer jackets, bags, boots and jewelry — many from defunct Parisian ready-to-wear brands, I was thrilled. While paying for my haul (a cashmere blazer by Angelo Tarlazzi and vintage fur stole), I learned that there were dozens of others, a network of resale shops catering to Frenchwomen’s exacting taste and passion for a deal.

As a longtime designer resale and thrift store aficionado, I find few things more satisfying than tracking down accouterments that whisper “Fabriqué à Paris” — without paying retail. Thus began my deep dive into the City of Light’s lively dépôt-vente scene: upscale thrift shops that traffic specifically in luxury goods.

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Venture Capitalists Bet on Plus-Size Fashion

Venture Capitalists Bet on Plus-Size Fashion

Fashion industry veterans Patrick Herning and Kathryn Retzer want to bring outfits off the runway to plus-size women, a group of customers long been overlooked by top fashion houses.

Their company, 11 Honoré Inc. has raised an $8 million Series A, in the latest sign that venture capitalists are increasingly betting on this growing retail segment. Redpoint Ventures led the investment, which brings the online retailer’s fundraising total to $11.5 million to date.


Also in this season, the ever-classic ruffles and prints, "you're also going to see a lot of pretty colors. So lots of pastels, but not Easter eggs, we're talking beautiful saturated pinks, lavender is going to be a really big color this year and blues."

"We are seeing some coloring blocking with white and black and a little bit of floral and some embroidery as well."

Spring shades are changing too, "We are seeing a movement from the large oversized sunglasses to the small round framed sunglasses."

"Kylie Jenner has partnered with key sunglasses which are out of Australia and has designed these fun funky shaped glasses."

A lot of trendy yeses, but what about the no’s, “we are also seeing some trends come back that are a little frightening from year's past. A lot of 90s trends, you're going to see plastic, rubber, those weird space-age sunglasses. I'm telling you, you do not need to buy into all of those trends," Says Williams.

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