There's always something very Old World about Brian Wolk and Claude Morais's refined and hyperfeminine collections for Ruffian. True to form, when we stepped out of the early morning flurries into The Studio at Lincoln Center Saturday, a Bach concerto was playing on the stereo.
The pair's press notes stated they were inspired by "viewing bronze sculptures of Henry Moore set against the backdrop of English estates." As we watched the parade of sharply tailored separates—silk georgette bow blouses and knee-length high-waisted trumpet skirts, wide leg trousers, and double-breasted suiting in a warm array of wool melton and glen wool plaid—we couldn't help thinking these were silhouettes Downton Abbey's the sisters Crawley would lust after.
Also eminently desirable were the weather-appropriate three-quarter length wool and cashmere coats perfect for brisk winter walks, and custom Borsalinos, which most of the models sported over their pin curls (and Wolk, when the design duo came out for its bow). Downton's Sybil would look stunning in a torsette top and cropped trouser look done entirely in black lambskin. But what would the Dowager Countess say?