+  Edited and photographed by Iké Udé, author of Style File. Selected as one of Vanity Fair’s 2009, 2012 and 2015 International Best Dressed Originals.  +

special guest/PATRICIA MEARS: talks about her 4th outfit. #4 in twelve acts





What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
The double-faced wool and patent leather coat and the duchess satin wrap skirt are by Ralph Rucci. The turtleneck is +J from Uniqlo and the boots are from Yves Saint Laurent.

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
The pieces were not designed at the same time. Yet, the coat, with its sharp lines and interplay of matte and shine, happened to work well with the wedge shape of the wrap skirt. It proves that a single designer’s work can be composed of pieces from different collections when that designer is as consistent in his construction as Rucci.

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
The shapes of the coat and skirt worked together so I did not need to plan things in advance.

In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
While I love the coat and skirt together, the accessories could be tweaked so I rate the composition a 7. My hope is to find the perfect elements to make it even better.

What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
This coat is cut close to the body so proper fit is essential. Thankfully, many of Mr. Rucci’s pieces fit me well so I rarely need to have them altered. Of course, the cut is enhanced with the rich brown color and mix of opposing materials.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I wear this ensemble a fair amount. As separates, they mix well with other pieces. The skirt is frequently worn under my other Ralph Rucci coat.

There is perhaps a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit?
Having worked with Ralph on an exhibition, I grew to appreciate his attention to detail and the breathtaking level of workmanship I witnessed in his workrooms. I can never wear one of his garments without thinking about the craftsmanship and quality so lacking in clothes today.

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2 Responses to special guest/PATRICIA MEARS: talks about her 4th outfit. #4 in twelve acts

  1. G. Bruce Boyer says:

    To my eye, this is a very chic woman who knows exactly what she’s doing. There’s a sense of enlightened luxury about what she’s wearing because it’s haut without the hauteur, elegantly understated in that way which must surely be planned, but appears completely natural in a way that so many women never understand. Pure swank.

    G. Bruce Boyer

  2. Palmer Hill says:

    Rucci’s work is first-rate and Patricia chose excellent examples for herself.

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