Harsh words coming from famous Designer Ralph Rucci who was recently interviewed alongside with ANDRE LEON TALLEY at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah. Rucci was honored this year with the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award,
During the interview they speak on Beyonce’, the internet and Kim Kardashian. Rucci’s comments on Kim Kardashian; its a bit harsh but in the elite fashion world some view Kim Kardashian as a mere peasant.
On the word ‘couture’:
Ralph Rucci: The word couture is over used.
Andre Leon Talley: It is abused!
On why a celebrity stylist’s work can be disrespectful to a designer:
Ralph Rucci: I bow to Tilda Swinton. We approached her [to wear our garments on the red carpet.] But there’s a buffer in between the star and the designer, and the buffer is called the stylist. I do not not lend clothes [but before we send clothes] we make sure: Is a stylist on this? Is this being selected for Tilda to wear specifically? If [the garment] is going to be thrown in with 100 other garments [by the stylist], it’s disrespectful to what I do and to the women who buy those clothes.
On how fashion really works:
Ralph Rucci: You’re not just selling clothes, you’re buying [retail] space. The most prestigious department stores say they’d rather take an inferior garment early than a superior garment late.
On Kim Kardashian not attending the Met Ball and why dressing her would bastardize Rucci’s brand:
Andre Leon Talley: What’s shocking to me is how important the red carpet is. At one point I thought it was ruining [fashion] but I don’t think that anymore. I dont think any celebrity can take away from fashion. Not even Kim Kardashian could take away from fashion…Though, of course, Kim Kardashian didn’t come to the Metropolitan Met Ball but [her boyfriend] Kanye West did.
Ralph Rucci: And see that’s the thing: Many people who I think are the celebrities, other people don’t think are the celebrities [implying that he doesn't think Kim Kardashian is a celebrity.]
Robin Givhan: So would you ever dress Kim Kardashian?
Ralph Rucci: No, I think that’s bastardizing yourself [as a designer].
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Kanye moving forward in the fashion world he really needs to reevaluate his relationship with Kim