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Ralph Rucci Reflects On 30 Years

At a Saks Fifth Avenue trunk show, the designer recalled the up-all-night effort that went into his first presentation at the old Westbury Hotel.

Ralph Rucci

Ralph Rucci early on in his career.

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RUCCI’S FULL CIRCLE: Thirty years to the day that he first staged a runway show, Ralph Rucci found himself Tuesday within walking distance of the tiny Upper East Side studio where his business began. At a Saks Fifth Avenue trunk show, the designer recalled the up-all-night effort that went into his first presentation at the old Westbury Hotel. The entire staff — Rucci, his sister Rosina and Vivian Van Natta — had just about everything ironed out by dawn. Once the ladies were out-the-door, Rucci realized the only oversight — no one had figured out how to get the collection from the East 71st Street apartment to the nearby hotel. So Rucci took the matter into his own hands and wheeled the two rolling racks through the streets. Standing in his concept shop at Saks Tuesday, Rucci mentioned that he, his drawers, his closets and just about everything else tied to his company’s creative process was photographed for “a visual biography” about him. Rather than throw a big bash in honor of his thirtieth, Rucci had something more intimate planned — he would take his team to dinner.

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