September 08, 2012 New York
The French court feeling came courtesy of brocades in sugar-almond pastels and a clever toile de Jouy they created in collaboration with the artist John Gordon Gauld that depicts not Versailles' gardens but Bedford Street storefronts and the B-burg Bridge. The low part of the high-low mix came through in the way the clothes were styled. We're not talking Lena Dunham-in-Girls disheveled, but there was a studied irreverence to all the layering. Take the shirtdress worn unbuttoned underneath a ticking-stripe corset top, and the T-shirt so oversize it was almost a dress that slouched sexily off one shoulder. Or the overalls: With those, Wolk and Morais tapped into one of the season's surprise front-row trends. And don't forget the models' colorful Converse low-tops.
We'd call the overall look "chicks who tweet" more than "ladies who lunch." If that proves disorienting to Ruffian's longtime supporters, a rifle through the showroom racks will reveal a neat and trim pair of white jacquard pants and scads of bow-front blouses, among other uptown crowd-pleasers.