CANNOT TALK about luxe without talking about attention-getting,
red carpet-worthy eveningwear. Ralph Rucci's spectacular fall 2004
haute couture collection served notice that he's more than ready
for his close; and the looks here are just a small sample of why
he has emerged as a force to be reckoned with on the New York fashion
scene. The New York spring 2005 fashion shows were unusually cohesive
and remarkably free of designs we would serve up as prime examples
of "designs that were train wrecks of major proportions". The following
designs from Tracy Reese, Zang Toi, Alvin Valley, J. Mendel and
Carolina Herrera (just to mention a few) are just too delicious
for words. Who wouldn't feel like a glamorous princess in Michael
Volbracht for Bill Blass' multi-colour-hued layered chiffon gown?
Which woman in the world wouldn't be smiling all day if she had
the opportunity to don Alvin Valley's classic flowing gypsy evening
gown, which in itself is a marvellous way to pay ode to times past
without getting stuck in the past? Luxurious holiday dressing has
never been so welcomed.
Phillip D. Johnson is features' editor of Lucire.
LEFT : Tracy Reese. ABOVE RIGHT:
Carolina Herrera. RIGHT COLUMN, TOP
ROW: Norman Norell. SECOND ROW:
Douglas Hannant spring 2005 and Chado Ralph Rucci haute couture
autumn 2004winter 2005. BOTTOM
ROW: Lloyd Klein; Pamella Roland. BELOW: