Ruffian presented their Fall 2014 collection at Lincoln Center/Pavilion. It’s entitled “Rapture” — an exploration of monastic opulence, tailored volume, & sober religious silhouettes, which have lavish sumptuousness.
Therese black double crepe dress with ivory silk crepe inserts, and also an ivory silk ruff collar
Black double crepe Knight dress w/ combo in hand embroidered Abalone sequin
Orlando dress in black double crepe w/ ivory silk crepe piping
The exploration of volume here was quite intriguing! The effect is done quite beautifully in sleeves, collars, and even looking to the fullness of the skirts. It’s a great way to take a traditional silhouette and add in a modern flare.
Wedgwood blue silk satin-faced organza Axelle blouse & wedgwood blue Hanbok skirt w/ red silk double duchess satin trim
Ivory Schumacher silk Gosamer Axelle blouse & ivory Schumacher silk Gosamer Hanbok skirt
There are a lot of great aspects to this collection, one being the bright & bold pops of color. I love it all from the icy blues to the dramatic reds to the golden chartreuses.
Chartreuse Poppy Watteau dress w/ a blush silk double duchess satin siding
Chartreuse silk satin-faced organza Axelle blouse & a Pagan pant in a pixelated floral digital print crepe
Color is not all this collection offers, there are also some stunning prints. The picture right above is of a pixelated floral digital print that is used throughout the collection. But also, as pictured a few times below, there is a unicorn collage print, which I think is stunning — wearable art as I would call it!
Orlando dress in a unicorn collage silk digital print duchess satin
Ruffian red crepe de chine Demi-bow blouse; Retourner jacket in a unicorn collage silk digital print duchess satin; & a Ruffian red silk double duchess satin with red crepe de chine Hanbok skirt w/ outside binding
Black silk satin-faced organza Axelle blouse; reform skirt in a unicorn collage silk digital print duchess satin
So below are a couple of more images of the pixelated floral print, but what is also amazing about this print is the sequined effect it creates. It takes a classic black look and adds a spark, a shimmer to really make the looks pop!
Valmont blazer in black double crepe w/ pixelated print & crepe binding; & the Orlando gown in black double crepe w/ pixelated floral digital print crepe piping
Aragon dress in pixelated floral digital print silk crepe de chine & capelet in hand embroidered Abalone sequins
The collection is full of separates, which is always a great aspect for any brand; it creates versatility. There are blouses, skirts, & trousers. But also, there are some outerwear-type pieces — jackets, blazers, & coats. It definitely gives this “Rapture” collection that extra umpf!
Demi-bow blouse in ivory silk crepe de chine; Bishop bomber jacket in the unicorn collage silk digital print in duchess satin; & a Hanbok skirt in black silk satin organza
- Creative Directors — Brian Wolk & Claude Morais
- Stylist — Yuki James
- Art Director — Angela Panichi
- Associate Designer — Sulgi Chung
- Casting — Zan Ludlum
- Hats — Ruffian for Stetson
- Shoes — Walter Steiger
- Jewelry — Makoto Chiba
- Makeup — James Kaliardos for M.A.C. Pro Team
- Hair — Nick Irwin for Catwalk by Tigi
- Manicure/Nails — Cheryl Natoli for Ruffian
- Music Arrangement — Marty & J
- Chief Operating Officer — Ben Huston
- Original Textile Artwork — Ted Chapin
- Hosiery — Hue
- PR & Front of House — Paul Wilmot Communications
- Production — Shades of Grey
- Additional Sponsors/Partners — Hasselblad; Olivia Garden