New York Fashion Week - Ruffian SS14
(Images courtesy of Vogue)
Inspired by the original wild child Françoise Sagan and her coming of age novel Bonjour Tristesse, a tale of romance, youth and disillusioned bourgeoisie, Ruffian staged one of the most refreshing and vibrant shows of the season so far on the Saturday of New York Fashion Week. Their collection, 'Ingénue', exuded a youthful naivety, with all the bad girl edginess of the hellion author herself. Wolk and Morais, the creative duo behind the label, artfully blended Fifties primness with a wild streak of Sixties raciness, the result of which was an undeniably envy inducing aristocratic party-girl aesthetic.
The Ruffian girl formula can be boiled down to a dash of sweet, a spoonful of sour, a splash of polished femininity and a pinch of carefree innocence, seasoned to taste with a liberal sprinkling of 'good girl gone bad'. The collection's wilder side included ultra-1960s miniskirts, classic houndstooth print, contemporary high-shrine fabrics and - for the bad girl edge - rubberised cotton biker jackets –(all the attitude of leather but at a fraction of the price…) Luxurious silk blazers, vintage floral cotton blouses and perfectly cut ankle grazing trousers in frosty hues of sea foam green and peach ensured a refined and elegant element.
Walking the line between youthful abandon and grown-up glamour, Ruffian mixed flared skirts and playfully bright prints with ladylike sophistication cinched waist dresses, monochrome bouclé shifts and boxy jackets.
As the models stepped out to Pink Floyd's "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" in their Allagiulia leather fringed pumps, Ruffian rightly took their place as one of the freshest and most exciting names at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2013.
Show report by Nikki McMullen