Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Talking Books with Rani St. Pucchi, author of 'Your Body, Your Style: Simple Tips on Dressing to Flatter

Thirty years ago, Rani St. Pucchi took the bridal world by storm, despite having no formal training in fashion. She is an award winning couture fashion designer and founder of the world-renowned bridal house St. Pucchi. A passionate and dynamic entrepreneur who launched her global empire in the United States in 1985, Rani’s vision was to create an avant-garde bridal and evening couture line with modern styling and classic details. That vision has been realized today.

Renowned for infusing her creations with touches of magnificently colored jewels, exquisite hand embroidery, delicate beading and sparkling crystals on the finest silks and laces, these inspired designs with innovative draping evoke the timeless elegance every woman desires. As one of the foremost designers to introduce exotic silk fabrics and hand embroidery, Rani is applauded for being a pioneer in bringing color to the United States bridal scene, having learned that white does not flatter everyone.

Rani has been recognized and nominated on multiple occasions for her design talent and won numerous awards as a Style Innovator. In addition, she has been honored with the Best Bridal Designer Award at the prestigious Chicago Apparel Center’s DEBI Awards (Distinctive Excellence in Bridal Industry).

Rani is famous for designing the wedding dress worn by “Phoebe” as she captured the hearts of millions when she said “I Do” in a unique St. Pucchi Lilac corset bodice A-line gown on the finale of the hit television show Friends. 

Her range of avant-garde designs are worn by the world’s most discerning brides, including celebrities and style icons such as New York Giants’ player Aaron Ross’ wife, Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards; Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo’s wife Candice Crawford; Actress Tara Reid; Jason Priestley’s wife Naomi Lowde; actress Candice Cameron and Grammy Award winning country music singer Alison Krauss, who donned a specially designed Chantilly lace and silk gown at the Country Music Awards.

Rani has enjoyed much media attention. Her signature designs have been recognized in high profile media such as Entertainment Tonight, Harper’s Bazaar, WWD, Town and Country, Bride’s, Cosmopolitan Brides, Inside Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings and The Knot.

Rani’s real passion other than the world of design is to help women who have suffered abuse and those who are struggling to find themselves. On her quest to empower women to be their best selves, she is passionate about helping them find their voice through building their self-confidence. She believes that confidence must start with a woman’s love and acceptance of her body.

Renowned for her savvy knowledge of a woman’s form and fit, Rani is eager to share her knowledge of more than three decades with all women so they can make better styling choices. In addition to the book you are reading now, Rani is the author of four upcoming books: The SoulMate Checklist: Key Questions To help You Choose Your Perfect Partner; Seven Types of Men To Avoid: Recognizing Relationship Red Flags; Designing with Heart: A to Z Guide to Bridal Designing; and Unveiling: A Celebrity Fashion Designer’s Story, a Memoir of her Life Journey.

Born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, Rani now happily lives in Los Angeles, California.



Rani St. Pucchi, a trend-setting designer whose designs have been recognized in Entertainment Tonight, Harper’s Bazaar, WWD, Town and Country, Bride’s, Cosmopolitan Bride, Martha Stewart Weddings and The Knot, can help define the style that flatters you most no matter what age or stage of life you are in or what your body type is.

Women from all over the world have clamored to have a private consultation with Rani so they may benefit from her expertise and regain their self-confidence and shine.

In Your Body, Your Style, Rani shares with you her knowledge of the female form and guides you to find simple solutions to your most pressing body concerns. The focus is on you — and how you can make yourself more confident and appealing in almost every situation — simply by making a few changes and different choices in planning your wardrobe.  

Once you embrace your unique attributes and dissolve your bad relationship with your body, you’ll be amazed to find how irresistible you are to others!

This simple and friendly guide reveals:

* What clothes and silhouettes are best for your specific body type
* Simple techniques to determine which colors flatter you most
* Solutions to common lingerie issues and the importance of fit
* The one dress that is a chameleon, and how to transform it into different looks
* How to travel stress free by planning your wardrobe well
* 101 styling secrets, professional tricks and fashion tips

RANI ST. PUCCHI  is an award-winning fashion designer, an author and relationship expert. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.


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Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?
Aside from designing fashion, traveling the world doing fashion shows and running the business for my Couture Bridal house, St. Pucchi, I am an avid reader. I love nature and the ocean. I enjoy music, especially new age, and the theatre.

When did you start writing?
Since forever! Writing has always been my passion and I’ve been a contributor for The Huffington Post on fashion and relationship matters for quite a while. However, I took this up seriously in 2015 when I decided to write my memoir, Unveiled: A Celebrity Fashion Designer’s Story which will be published next year. 

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?
I would say it is a calling. A wake-up call that was made very clear during a personal trauma I experienced in 2013 and which I have shared in my memoir. It was then that I realized I have so much to say and that my words based on my life experiences can help empower women globally. It is what I am passionate about the most: empowering women. 

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
I would go to Florence. It is a city that I have spent much time exploring thru the years and central to all other places in Italy that are close to my heart, such as Rome and sitting by the Spanish steps to write, or Sienna to visit the Duomo which is awe-inspiring, and Milan which is where I have gone to show my couture collection for so many years now. I find so much inspiration everywhere and anywhere in Italy.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?
I would just walk along the beach, or sit and read my book while listening to the crashing waves…

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
Probably in Thailand.

Back to your present book, Your Body, Your Style, how did you publish it?
I was lucky to find a traditional publisher.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?
No, I didn't have to. More than 30 years in the fashion industry and having worked personally with more than 15,000 women I pretty much had all the knowledge I needed to write this book.

Why was writing Your Body, Your Style so important to you?
On my quest to empower women I wanted to share with them that if only they knew the simple tricks on how to dress their body in ways that will enhance their best assets and camouflage areas they feel uncomfortable about, their self-confidence will sky rocket!

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?
From real life. Human nature I think is thoroughly fascinating.

Any final words?
I would like everyone to realize that every relationship starts with an individual’s relationship to self. That loving your body is the first step and the key to having an amazing life with your partner, as well as how you show up in the world.

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