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Powering down the runway of Chado Ralph Rucci’s main tent show was the force of deconstructed harmony. With the construction resembling the human spine and embroideries construed as stairways, the composition could be thought of at first as discordant, but seen together amidst Rucci’s luxe hand-worked fabric treatments, the collection evolved into his signature of art mixed with couture. By shredding silk tulle and chiffon and embedding horsehair into coats and dresses, the looks appeared to be floating. Also making an impact were Rucci’s silhouettes that began cut close to the body at the shoulder and bust yet burst outwards, mimicking the wind-blown and airy motif running throughout the entire collection. And while Rucci’s designs are usual picks for celebs like Martha Stewart, this season Rucci has branched out, making pieces for a younger, more daring crowd.