Field Report-Ruffian Fall 2013 #NYFW #MBFW

The Fall 2013 Ruffian collection at New York Fashion Week served up a visual feast. Designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais wowed the fashion elite that were happy to brave the blizzard to see this wonderful show.

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It opened to the sound of The Human League’s, “The Things That Dreams are Made of”–lots of 80’s New-Wave music at the shows this year! The collection was inspired by the old “Bowery” and had an impeccably tailored Victorian feel, juxtaposed with a current modern downtown vibe.

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The collection married many long and short silhouettes to create new and interesting shapes. The duo deftly layered fabrics that were a luxurious delight of moirés, leather, gold jacquards, damasks, and boucles and paired with crisp men’s shirting. Shine ran throughout the collection, but the showstoppers were the metallic pieces in a range of bronzes, golds, and coppers. There was a collective gasp from the crowd when the model in a Metallic Boucle coat made her way down the runway, and another as we saw the over-the-top white pussycat bow blouse under a black horsehair corset worn with a cropped trouser. Speaking of cropped trousers, there were many throughout the collection, and they looked great with the tailored peplum jackets. I never thought I’d want to wear a maxi skirt again, but the birdseye skirt and jacket made me change my mind. The show ended with a dramatic georgette peignoir cape over a black leather trouser.

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There were so many to-die-for pieces from the Ruffian Fall 2013 collection that I want. They will influence what many women will be wearing next fall, from flattering peplums, and metallics to the gorgeous long fringe necklaces designed by “Sequin”. This is a line to watch.

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By Meryl Ranzer

Meryl has been in the fashion business for over 25 years, as a designer, merchandiser, artist, product developer and teacher. Currently she is a partner in the women’s riding jean company, 2kGrey.

 

 

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