New York - Mannequin maestro Ralph Pucci has always had an eye for interesting shapes, which is why he plans to highlight men's wear by fledgling designer Tomer for an upcoming art exhibit.
Coinciding with the visual industry's market week on Dec. 8, Pucci's annual reception, held at his 25,000 square-foot showroom loft on 18th Street, will feature designer men's wear by Naum, as well as art by Paul Solberg, Christopher Makos and Nicholas Howey. The Mannequin, fashion and art exhibit will run dec 5 to 10.
'We always try to show up-and-coming designers,' explained Pucci, whose past shows have included Benjamin Cho, Tess Giberson, and Isabel Toledo. 'I look for the best people with something new and fresh to say.'
Tomer's collection will be in the 8,000 square-foot Nine Gallery, which will be anchored by enormous plaster sculptures of mannequin heads more than 10 feet tall.
Pucci said he selected Tomer for the designer's minimalist design aesthetic, which complements Pucci's brand-new collection of metallic mannequins and forms. 'I was looking for something sleek and very modern. He has a nice feel - it's dressy and yet it's casual.' He said.
Designer Tomer Gendler said the 30 complete looks, drawn mostly from his spring/summer 2006 collection, will include a few new twists, such as more cohesive hues and a smoking jacket featured in black and white.
It's been a banner year for the fledgling designer, who has already picked up awards from both Fashion Group International's Rising Star Competition and Gen Art Styles 2005 Competition. He was also the only men's wear designer selected by 7th on Sixth to show his collection on the runway at New York Fashion Week two months ago.