February 20, 2000
Belgian design team A.F. Vandervoorst has come to define a new kind of laid-back cool. Designing their second collection for Ruffo Research, the duo turned their attention to the Harley-Davidson set. Their presentation took place in a large space decorated like a beer hall--the perfect setting for rugged motorcycle men and their babes to display a series of plush furs, tan shearling pullovers with unfinished edges and long leather coats. There were also trompe-l'oeil leather jeans and jackets, and leather trousers treated to look like corduroy. More urban were the long asymmetric skirts and cropped bomber jackets, worn with calf-high boots. In all, A.F. Vandervoorst presented a fun, witty line that underscores Ruffo Research's growing reputation as one of the most interesting breeding grounds for highly original talent.