Socialite darling Ralph Rucci has left his namesake label from what we’re hearing is “creative differences” with CEO Joey Laurenti. In an interview last year with International Business Times, Rucci credited another CEO with helping his brand recover from financial collapse. “We have a marvelous CEO this year that has helped turned the company around, Jeffry Aronsson, and his visions have been extraordinary,” Rucci told them. “And it feels like we’re 10 years away from last year. And I’m not embarrassed to talk about it because they were very dark moments. And in a way, I was never fearful it was going to end because the universe wouldn’t let that happen. But Jeffrey happened, like it was supposed to.” Aronsson stepped down after 18 months in the role; Laurenti joined the company in May. Rucci began in the business at Halston before having his first show in 1981 and eventually launching his namesake label a decade later. The designer has a plaque on on Manhattan’s Seventh Avenue “Fashion Walk of Fame” and had a 2007 retrospective exhibit at the Museum at FIT titled “Ralph Rucci: The Art of Weightlessness.” The Washington Post‘s Robin Givhan once wrote: “Rucci’s clothes are aspirational in every sense of the word. They ooze luxury from 100 paces, yet they are not ostentatious. They look expensive because every seam is perfect, every button exactly placed, every skirt has just the right lift. No dress of his would dare wrinkle.” WWD reports today a new creative director will be named by the end of the year.
Ralph Rucci Out At Ralph Rucci
How stupid was management? To make their talent so miserable that he had to leave.
Ralph is a design genius
he is and always has been NOTORIOUSLY difficult to work with
So was Picasso