The Designer: Chado Ralph Rucci
The Venue: The mirrored, glossy white-floored Chado Ralph Rucci showroom in Soho.
The Crowd: Whoopi Goldberg, Fran Lebowitz, André Leon Talley, Iris Apfel, Deeda Blair, Hamish Bowles, Virginia Smith, Linda Fargo, Amanda Brooks, Glenda Bailey, Carmen Dell'Orefice.
The Collection: Inspired by myriad sources (African scarification, bondage imagery, Tibetan prayer coats, cracked porcelain and the concept of youth), Rucci's fall collection was big on color (specifically, lipstick red), which lent a sense of exuberance to Mongolian lamb coats, zip front-dresses and sable ski parkas. Elsewhere, the designer offered a perfectly realized taupe ultrasuede wrap dress, a bell sleeve white quilted cashmere coat, and chiffon and feathered dresses for the season's cocktail parties.
The Standout Piece(s): A freshwater pearl twin set and black feathered fox sweatshirt (talk about classics-with-a-twist), a black sequin le smoking, a black cracked porcelain leather dress with matching coat, and a perfectly simple—and sublime—grey trapunto wool flannel sheath.