English Formality Meets Modernism: Ruffian Fall/Winter 2012


We thoroughly enjoyed the Ruffian Tuxedo Park inspired Fall/Winter 2011 Collection and were looking forward to what Brian Wolk and Claude Morais would deliver for Fall/Winter 2012. We love the creative design duo, in part because they remind us of Turkish and Tommy from Snatch, but mainly because they’re damn good at what they do.
For FW12 duality was once again a central theme introducing a whole new set of tailored masculine-feminine looks. Their latest collection, A Concerto for Two, was a culmination of juxtapositions with a visual dialogue that began while Wolk and Morais were viewing the bronze sculptures of Henry Moore against the backdrop of English estates.
It was the contrast of formality and modernism that struck a cord with the designers. Painterly plaids met digital ones, like textiles in varying scales were present within the same garment, and black and bronze metallic leather was tailored into Neo-Victorian shapes. The collection succeeded in providing the modern woman with both warmth and familiarity as well as razor-sharp Ruffian tailoring.
A huge trend for FW12 menswear and womenswear, we loved the mixed leather-wool pieces. The molten wool, Glen plaids, and checks are timeless. The hats were seductive as were the double-breasted long coats. There’s a soft spot for the black silk velvet pieces as well. Great job boys!


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