Rani Totman's extravagant taste works wonders in her St. Pucchi collection. Her Spring 2012 lineup is a festival of embroidered silk ball gowns with lavish threadwork and beading, multi-layered tiered ball skirts, silk chiffon empire-style gowns and fitted lacy mermaids.
We adore Totman's creative mix of fabrics and shapes. Her heavy corded lace bodice dress is a perfect example. The skirt is made of layers of organza and has a top layer that fans out from the body like an elongated peplum cut into points on the end. The under-layers are curly-cued like strips of organza that flow and float. A taupe satin sash with a modern satin flower sits on the waist like the perfect exclamation point. Pure St. Pucchi.
Another dress we couldn't take our eyes off of was her very modern tulle A-line with a mix of layers going in this direction and that. Oversized ribbons and bows crisscrossed around the bodice, landing in strategically placed spots on the hip and neckline. One thing you can always expect from a St. Pucchi dress is the unexpected. She mixes pleated organza ruffles that sit asymmetrically on a mermaid skirt with a polka-dotted embroidered bodice, like the bubbles and froth of a good glass of champagne.
Totman has her Zen moments too. A silk charmeuse bias cut slip gown lies easily over the body and neatly under a silk tulle coat covered in silver and crystal beads. The long cut-away sleeves give this romantic topper a dramatic finish. This is drama at its best.