Brian Wolk and Claude Morais spent a good portion of the summer in Saratoga Springs. Horse country. They found inspiration in jockey jerseys, applying the graphic color blocking to their signature prim and trim tailoring as well as to a debut line of swimwear. The tank suits, spliced diagonally across the torso in green and royal blue or shocking pink and red, were the best thing about their Spring lineup—straightforwardly sporty. A long dress, though it was in yellow and blue chiffon, also captured that cool, effortless feel.

Elevating sports gear into something chic is shaping up as one of this week's big ideas, but the tricky thing about this duo's thoroughbred theme is that exercise isn't really the Ruffian boys' thing. Thick black and white striped sleeves didn't look like they belonged on a dainty fuchsia silk shirtdress. More than likely, their ladylike clients would prefer the dress in solid pink. A short polo dress in black-piped white terrycloth was a lot more believable, but all in all, this time around the designers were a shade too literal with their chosen theme.