09/09/2012 10:50 EDT | Updated 11/09/2012 05:12 EST

Chado Ralph Rucci mixes old world elegance with neon pink, bright yellow, black patent leather

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Bright pink dresses in neoprene, feathers and sequins. Optic white, grass green and coral in silk and wool. Color and contemporary details took the show Sunday for the luxury line Chado by Ralph Rucci at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

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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