Ralph Rucci on the runway Fall 2006 (file photo)
Ralph Rucci on the runway Fall 2006 (file photo)

NEW YORK, Sep 5, 2008 / FW/ — One of the few designers in the world who can rightfully claim the title couturier, Ralph Rucci has been named as the Mercedes-Benz Presents Designer for the New York Spring 2009 season for his unwavering commitment to quality and his principal focus on luxury.

Since launching his label in 1981, Ralph Rucci Rucci has shown a strong affinity for artistic couture that is formal in its framework, yet multi-layered in its aesthetic, and rather than participate in current trends, he establishes trends of his own.

Ralph Rucci marries the discipline of art and philosophy in his designs. This unique approach to fashion springs from his desire to endow the clothes he makes with not just elegance, but calm and grace – to dress a woman in a quite manner so that her clothes become a subtle reflection of her own personality.

Ralph Rucci Named ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents Designer’ for New York Spring 2009

In 1994, he renamed his company Chado Ralph Rucci, after the Japanese tea ceremony. He chose the name in order to mirror the reverence, respect and integrity he holds for his profession, and because those were the qualities he wanted to explore through his clothes.

“We are honored to partner with Chado Ralph Rucci on his Spring 2009 runway show,” said Lisa Holladay, Manager, Brand Experience Marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA.

“Ralph’s relentless attention to design, construction and detail matches our commitment in these important fields with our own products. We eagerly anticipate his show.” Rucci’s 2009 Collection will debut September 12th at 6:00pm at the Tents at Bryant Park.