August 27 2014

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11 posts tagged "Ruffian"

Let’s Hear It for the Boys



Kiehl’s, a New York City staple for more than 160 years, is famous for its no-frills products designed to pamper and protect from head to toe. Now, just in time for the holidays, the brand is coming to the rescue once again, this time by answering the age-old question of what to buy for the man in your life. Enter the Dopp Kit: a limited-edition travel set produced in collaboration with Ruffian design duo Brian Wolk and Claude Morais. The kit contains a refreshing facial mist, a purifying hand treatment, and eucalyptus lip relief—all specially developed to safeguard against harsh in-flight conditions that can wreak havoc on his delicate skin. And if that isn’t enough indulgence, after more than a decade in the biz, the Ruffians are reprising one of the first products they ever introduced: a special-edition silk moirétie. Handmade in NYC, the neckwear is stamped with the label’s signature crest (which is composed entirely out of Swarovski crystals).

And if your guy is looking less than dapper during party season, send him straight to the beauty brand’s first full-service barbershop and store in Hell’s Kitchen, where this item is retailing exclusively. Opening today, midtown’s newest gentlemen’s quarters features two chairs designed by artist and motorcycle builder Paul Cox and a Skin Profile Diagnostic device (a machine that assesses everything from sebum levels to pore size via 3-D imagery technology).

$100; available at 678 Ninth Ave., New York, NY, (212) 956-2891.

Backstage at Ruffian: An Ode to the Original Bad Girls


ruffianFrench wild child and novelist Francoise Sagan, who drove race cars, kept bad boyfriends, and ended up in rehab in Saint-Tropez, inspired the clothes in the collection. She was essentially the original Lindsay Lohan “…except she could write,” explained Brian Wolk, one half of the Ruffian design duo. Another author and bad girl, this one British, inspired the makeup and hair: Lady Caroline Blackwood.

As a nod to the beauty muse and the sixties, makeup artist James Kaliardos circled the eye in a gray shade from MAC called March Mist with a 213 brush, and added shadow, dubbed Particularly Pretty (both colors from the Spring/Summer ’14 Trend Forecast Eye Palette), to both the middle of the lid and the cheeks as a highlighter. Four individual lashes were placed on the center of the upper lash line to open up the eye, and Haute & Naughty Mascara was brushed on both top and bottom. “It’s quite lash-y, but still a soft look,” explained the face painter. Lips were dabbed with a soft apricot called Trendy Twist (also from a Spring/Summer ’14 Trend Forecast Palette).

Hair pro Nick Irwin applied Catwalk by TIGI Curlesque Lightweight Mousse to the halo area before blow-drying and adding a deep side part, which he set with Sleek Mystique Look-Lock Hairspray. To create the appearance of a set that had fallen out, he wrapped sections around a curling rod and then finger-combed.

“We wanted to bring minimalism to nail art this season,” said Wolk, imploring finger painter Cheryl Natoli and their own brand of circular nail sticker-stencils (available soon on Birchbox) to get the signature Ruffian crescent shape. The three lacquers in their newly launched Crowdsourced Collection were used around the edges of a nude-colored nail bed, extending all the way to squared-off tips. They also debuted a treatment, base coat, matte finisher, as well as black, scented polish-remover towelettes (arriving later this fall) backstage.

Photo: Ivan Lattuada/Indigitialimages

EXCLUSIVE: Ruffian Reveals Their Crowd-Pleasing Polishes


Ruffian Nail Lacquer Collection

Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais are no strangers to collaboration—partnering with Frye, Moscot, and Foco coconut water alone for Fall 2013. They also have a strong passion for cosmetics and nails; in the past they’ve joined forces with MAC Cosmetics to create a limited-edition trio of lipsticks and the chicest press-ons we’ve ever laid eyes on (inspired by the tips seen on their catwalk). As for their signature nail art—a two-toned, reverse moon design—they said, “It is an essential part of the Ruffian DNA. [The manicure] is modern, edgy, punk, and a nod to the past.”

Now Wolk and Morais are taking things into their own hands and creating a branded line of lacquers—available exclusively on starting today. Back in February, the Web site asked consumers to cast their votes on Facebook for The Crowdsourced Collection, a set of three shades decided on by the label’s followers. The designers discovered that bold, fashion-forward colors dominated, and hence Delirium (a shimmery purple), Fox Hunt (an iridescent orange), and Hedge Fund (a money green) were born. We caught up with the dynamic duo for a quick Q&A on their latest beauty brainchild:

What motivated you to create your own nail colors?

“We were inspired by the thousands of fans of the Ruffian Manicure. We have always had a passion for nails since our very first collection, and the Ruffian Manicure has evolved from a simple design concept to an Internet phenomenon. When we Googled ‘Ruffian Manicure’ we were thrilled to see thousands of images and tutorials in every language under the sun. We knew we had to give our fans the real thing!”

The bottle shape is quite unique. How did you come up with that?

“In terms of the bottles, we wanted something that was fresh, modern, and never seen before. We are always inspired by our girlfriends’ vanities and wanted to create a bottle that was worthy of display. Deco is something we always look at for our collection, and it inspired our Ruffian crest, so when creating our signature cap that was definitely a design influence. The ball cap also allows great control for nail art details, which was important to our fans.”

How did you choose the shades that comprise The Classics Collection?

“Ruffian Red, Ruffian Naked, and Ciré Noir are our classics—timeless and perfect for every Ruffian girl, whether she’s naughty or nice. They are colors that always appear on our runway.”

If you had to choose, what is your must-have shade in the line?

“That would be like asking a parent to pick his favorite child! But we are very excited about The Crowdsourced Collection that will appear in our runway show on September 7.”

We look forward to seeing the colors on models’ fingertips backstage and getting our latest delivery from Birchbox—all subscribers will receive a sampling of the Ruffian Nail Lacquers in September.

Photos: Courtesy of Ruffian

Ruffian x Birchbox; Portman x Dior x Coppola; And More…


Following the successful line of nail appliqués Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais launched with MAC Cosmetics two years ago, the duo has now teamed up with Birchbox on a three-piece polish range inspired by their forthcoming Spring line. The color palette is still TBD, as Birchbox’s Facebook fans will be left with the task of voting on five possible shades. The winning lacquers will then be revealed in September and featured at Ruffian’s Spring 2014 show. [WWD]

Jennifer Lawrence isn’t the only celebrity to go brunette this week. It looks like Britney Spears has also cashed in her flaxen locks for a shade of chestnut brown. [Us]

Don’t buy perfume based on the advertising, says Hermès in-house perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena. “Ask for a sample and put it on your skin. If you like it on your skin, you can buy. No rush, take the time, because perfume is like a love affair. It’s not good to rush a love affair.” [The Cut]

Christian Dior, on the other hand, is banking on a positive consumer response to the amped-up campaign for its new Miss Dior eau de toilette, which features a TV commercial starring Natalie Portman and directed by Sofia Coppola. [British Vogue]

Photo: Courtesy of Parfums Christian Dior

MAC X Ruffian: It’s Here!


Back in February, we had the pleasure of breaking the news that Ruffian’s Brian Wolk and Claude Morais were collaborating with MAC on a capsule collection that began with the re-release of Ruffian Red, a deep crimson lipstick the two brands created together three years ago—and which made its triumphant runway return for Fall. Four months later, and MAC x Ruffian is debuting exclusively online today, with two additional lip colors—Ruffian Gold, a frosty gilded glitter bullet, and Ruffian Naked, a matte pale peach—as well as a riff on another beauty statement the design duo has decisively made its own: the moon manicure. Wolk and Morais embraced embellished tips long before the nail art movement became a compulsory part of the backstage beauty game, and we’re happy to report that their dedication to highly designed tips has been translated into three different press-on patterns: Spectator is a cream base with a black half moon, black tip, and black Ruffian insignia (which should look plenty familiar to anyone who attended the house’s Spring 2011 show); Demoiselle boasts a red base with a white half moon and black French tip; and Demilune features matte black nails with a chrome gold half moon. Best to get while the getting’s good.

Photo: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics