NYFW – Ruffian A/W 2014 collection
For Ruffian’s autumn/winter 2014 show, there wasn’t a single look that did not drip glamour. Fabulous silk jacquards shimmered under the bright lights and flirty chiffons and satins almost floated around the models’ bodies. The varying weights of fabric were particularly successful in determining silhouettes. Silk gazars and wool tweeds created dimension, while chiffons and satins fell beautifully with every stomp on the runway. Colours were deep and luxurious that, despite the terribly cold winter in New York, made everyone excited for the upcoming fall season.
The Elizabethan-inspiration for this collection was definitely apparent, as several looks were accessorised with wide, ruff collars and fabrics that mimicked stained-glass windows. Large round hats harkened images of the prestigious guards at Buckingham Palace. Long coats and dresses referenced the tall ceilings of old European cathedrals and gothic architecture.
Layered outfits over bright tights made us feel as if we were watching a show aimed at a more urban Blair Waldorf. There was an impeccable balance between the vampy, Elizabethan aesthetic and preppy, structured uniformity of English menswear. This juxtaposition made for a truly successful show for Ruffian. This collection appealed to all types of women: younger, older, art gallery interns and CEOs; a rarity at New York Fashion Week.