Looks from the fall 2011 Chado Ralph Rucci collection.
New York’s Fashion Hall of Fame will add two members this summer: the great Ralph Rucci and the late Oleg Cassini. The designers were chosen by a committee of the Fashion Center Business Improvement District. Rucci and family members of Cassini, who died in 2006, will submit a sketch that will appear on their plaques on the Fashion Walk of Fame, which runs between 35th and 41st Streets on Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. An induction ceremony is planned for July. Put on your Tyvek jumpsuit and grab a brush, because tonight Publicolor celebrates its fifteenth anniversary with a paint-splattered celebration. The nonprofit, which uses “color, collaboration, design, and the discipline of the commercial painting process to engage students in their education,” will honor volunteers from the Estee Lauder Companies and CNN’s Soledad O’Brien. Among the colorful crowd expected to pitch in on poster art are Chip Kidd, Gael Towey, Gaetano Pesce, and Philip Glass. There’s a new design hub in town. The Van Alen Institute has opened Van Alen Books (30 West 22nd Street), a bookstore, reading room, and gathering place devoted exclusively to architecture and design publications.