Today’s word is ruching, a type of detailing characterized by gathered, ruffled or pleated material. It’s pronounced “roo-shing”, and variations include the noun ruche or the adjective ruched.
Also common on the collars and sleeves of women’s blouses, ruching is often used as a decorative detail on dress pumps. Some styles, like the Steve Madden Mystie (shown at top), make ruches a central focus by plaiting the entire vamp. Others make it an accent, such as the Nina Button Up (at right), which surrounds its toe with ruching to lengthen its silhouette. In contrast, the Seychelles Silver Spoon (shown below) shows off a ruched heel for a final flirtatious element.
How about a bit of history, too? Ruche stems from rusche in Old French, meaning “beehive”, which in turn is derived from the Medieval Latin rūsca, which referred to the bark of a tree used for making beehives, and itself is believed to be originally of a Celtic origin. However, with as many dictionaries substantiate that much etymology (try googling it for yourself), I cannot for all my research determine the connection between old French beehives and today’s fashion detail. Any thoughts?