This morning brought some disappointing news in the New York Fashion Week circuit. One of my favorite shows of the past, Chado Ralph Rucci, has been canceled. Designer Ralph Rucci announced that he was opting out of a formal runway show due to his president Vivian Van Natta's extended medical leave.
Rucci has decided to have individual appointments throughout New York Fashion Week in his SoHo showroom instead of a Sept. 13 Chado Ralph Rucci runway show, noting the new plans would mean somewhere around a $500,000 savings. Rucci also said the setup will allow him to discuss the workmanship of his gorgeous pieces in far greater detail than any run of show could. “This is not about modern, young or all those other adjectives. I will be able to communicate the artistic references and the techniques that were required,” he said. “And yes, the savings proved to be quite attractive.”
Meanwhile, Rucci continues a search for Van Natta's successor. Rucci told WWD he's had to take on many of her former responsibilities himself, yet does not want to rush into finding just anyone for the new president of his company. And on Van Natta, Rucci noted, “She’s not just my president. She’s my best friend. We’ve worked together for 30 years.” Van Natta said she planned to leave New York for a year to focus on improving her health. Although I'm especially bummed that I won't get to see Rucci's artful confections on the runway this season, I wish him and Van Natta the best in the coming months!
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