We never thought we’d see the day when one successfully found inspiration in a seedy late 1890’s opium den on the Lower East Side of New York City, but thanks to Ruffian, there’s a first time for everything.
For designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais, their idealized interpretation of that murky, mysterious lifestyle was presented in a palette of black, amber, grape, gunmetal and gold in the form of lots of richly textured fabrics like floral jacquard and metallic boucle, tweaked with an ever-so-slight English twist.
Matching ensembles dominated the collection, from A-line skirt suits to pin stripe pantsuits, accentuated with tie-necks, ruffles, and adorable oversize tassels. Peplum jackets, short-sleeve knits and blousy shift dresses also made an appearance.
The most, shall we say…interesting pieces? Cropped bell bottoms, tinted John Lennon-esque sunglasses, and a dramatic black floor-length cape that swept everyone’s attention—literally.