Some of the recent fall collections were all about the pretty and polished, with designers turning out simple cocktail dresses, smart little jackets and great-looking patterned coats.

Chado Ralph Rucci: As always, for his Chado Ralph Rucci collection, Ralph Rucci showed detailed clothes with superb cut and craftsmanship in exquisite materials, albeit with his typical architectural pomp. Still, what distinguished this line from previous efforts was the sheer number of accessible clothes. His lemon-colored cashmere jacket and the deep forest green high-necked cashmere coat, for example, didn’t suffer any of the Rucci tricks, but rather were enriched by a monotoned paisley embroidery. The snug, sexy sheaths with tiered lace overlay worked a light-handed flirtiness, a rare treat in a Rucci collection. And the black silk velvet off-the-shoulder gown reflected the best of his talents — a perfect mix of cut, artistic flair and drama.

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