Ralph Rucci is the only American designer since Mainbocher to be invited to join the Paris' Chambre Syndicale de Haute Couture. Not only is Rucci a respected haute couture designer, he is also a talented painter as well. Rucci's collections are sculptural yet luxurious, adapting his artwork into the fabrics.Serge and Tatiana Sorokko recently welcomed Rucci to San Francisco with a private reception in his honor at the Serge Sorokko Gallery, where Stylehive had a chance to learn more about what makes the talented artisan tick.
Here then are the globe-trotting designer's "can't live without" shops, museums - and fellow artists!
Rucci's Favorite Shops When In Milan- G.Lorenzi. Purveyor of the finest men's grooming products.- 10 Corso Como. Carla Sozzani's 13,000 square foot mega-emporium featuring art, books, fashion and accessories as well as luxury goods.
Rucci's Favorite Designers, Fashion Icons and Artists
Cy Twombly, Cristobal Balenciaga, Charles James, Halston, Robert Motherwell, Matthew Barney, Joseph Beuys, Elsa Peretti, Lorenzo Mongardino, Henri Samuel, Francis Bacon, Coco Chanel, Diana Vreeland, Pauline de Rothschild, Mme. Gres, and Antonio Tapies.
Rucci's Favorite Shops When in Paris- Bernard Steinitz. A dealer of fine French and European antiques.- Charvet. Custom shirt maker famous for outfitting the Duke of Windsor.
Rucci's Favorite Museums
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: New York, The Frick Museum: New York, The Louvre: Paris, The Hermitage: St. Petersburg, and the Twombly Collection at the de Menil Museum: Houston.
Ralph's Favorite Shops When in New York- Rizzoli Books. The gorgeous landmark Fifth Avenue retailer renowned for it's high quality illustrated titles.- Bucellatti. The Italian Jeweler known for it's intricate handcrafted silver accessories.- Charlotte Moss. The interior designer's retail is shop furnished as an Upper East side home.
Where In The Hive: tag/chado ralph rucciPhotos:Runway images from Style.com, Lower left photo: Tatiana Sorokko and Ralph RucciPaintings by Ralph Rucci: :Top painting, Glasswall, Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 2006. Bottom painting, Passageway VI, m/m on canvas, 50 x 80 inches, 2006.