‘‘Classics receive an unexpected twist,’’ was Hilfiger’s mantra, putting some newness on the catwalk while maintaining a relatable ease that would appeal to his broad audience.
Together on the runway, the collection evoked mod for 2013. The leather argyle pattern shifts and shirtdresses could reintroduce his muses — and fashion icons — Twiggy, Mary Quant and Marianne Faithfull to a new generation.
Romantic violet is the base of Ralph Rucci’s new collection.
‘‘It’s a personal reference,’’ he explained. Pried yet further, he added: ‘‘It’s the eye color of someone in my life.’’
Rucci’s brilliant shade of violet appeared in a ‘‘mink pullover’’ — the mere term a clear sign of how he is attempting to meld his signature luxury into more casual garments.
The same color returned in dresses of wool jersey or crêpe, in a silk raincoat, in a sable coat, in a particularly well-proportioned cashmere suit, in a cashmere coat with leather embroidery, and even in filmy lace pajamas.
And it appeared once more for the final, show-ending garment: a long wool gown with tulle insets.
Rucci, famous for his intricate couture techniques, has a high-profile following. Guests included Martha Stewart and Sandra Bernhard.
Jocelyn Noveck contributed to this story.
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