Rucci and his team mixed old world glamour with new world touches like a swirl pattern of braiding on the sheer top of a chiffon-skirted dress. The same braiding in a riot of neon colours was used on one long sleeve of a basic black pantsuit.
Crystals sparkled on a coral blouse worn with a white wrap skirt that carried the pink along the hem, separated by a single black line. The minimalist line was also used in a wearable white tunic with bright pink at the waist and hem, paired with white cigarette pants.
A citrus green sheath with a hem above the knee and feathers and beads was paired with a matching coat with wide sleeves.
Black patent leather was used for skirts, helping to ground the show of colour and embellishments. The same leather adorned a sheer cutout in a haphazard rectangle on the back of an otherwise traditional black pantsuit.
Another strapless gown with a high slit on one side flowed on the bright white stage, revealing an extravagantly beaded sheath underneath.
A subtle quilting technique called trapunto lent elegance to silk faille suits and dresses made of the wetsuit material neoprene in white and bright pink.
Among Rucci's guests: Martha Stewart in a black dress on the front row.
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