Saturday, April 9, 2011

April 8, 2011 - Ralph Rucci presented with PIFA Fashion Visionary Award

April 8, 2011 - Ralph Rucci presented with PIFA Fashion Visionary Award
 April 8, 2011 - Philadelphia Style and CBS 3 Honor Philadelphia Native and Designer Ralph Rucci receives PIFA Fashion Visionary Award during Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts on Friday, April 8, 2011 at Kimmel Center.

In Philadelphia, not far from New York, the fashion capital of America, a Philadelphia native, who became the only American-based designer in more than 60 years (since Mainbocher) to be invited to show his clothing in the official Paris Haute Couture fashion week enjoys the unhurried atmosphere at  the VIP reception.  Camera flashes keep a steady, unobtrusive pace and photographers do not step on each other’s toes.  The security guards observe the room from a relaxing distance. Yes, Philadelphia is only 80 miles away from New York, however it is marvelously distant from the grueling world of NY fashion.  Here, in Philadelphia, the strict rules, the tight schedules, and  the unforgiving competition seem to take a break and the catwalk is no longer an abyss that engulfed so many men and women of artistic background, but rather a love affair of the hopeful artists and the unpretentious audience.   The stage gives rise to a blend of prosaic zeal and fascinating suavity, where participants do not loose their convictions and  the audiences remains yearning for more.

The honorary guest, Spring 2011 Philadelphia Style magazine cover star, designer Ralph Rucci, of the CHADO RALPH RUCCI clothing line receives PIFA Fashion Visionary Award.   Rucci is a South Philadelphia native and Temple University graduate, has been twice nominated for the Council of Fashion Desginers of America's Womenswear Designer of the Year Award.

Runway @ Kimmel Center

Ralph Rucci on the cover of Philadelphia Style magazine, Spring 2011 

select CHADO RALPH RUCCI FW2011 collection designs on display
VIP Reception with Ralph Rucci


Local designers present their collections.  
Included are: Carmelita Martell, Sarah Van Aken, Jaames Nelson, Katie Ermilio, Bela Shehu, Kristin Haskins-Simms, Priscilla Costa, Janice Martin & Lonni Rossi, Meanie Brandon

Models and student designers getting ready backstage

Model with Ralph Rucci

Lovely guests


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