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July 23 2014

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And…Scene: Ruffian Goes High-Low

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Claude Morais and Brian Wolk like to think of Mise en Scene, their new lifestyle brand of clothing, home furnishings, and fragrance for Anthropologie, as a diffusion line with a difference. “Ruffian’s signature details are there—the printed linings, the handmade buttons—and we’re still using imported fabrics,” explained Wolk. “We even worked with Cire Trudon, the oldest candlemaker in France, to make our perfumed candles.” In other words, don’t go hunting here for a $9.99 T-shirt. What you’ll find instead is a $348 cashmere dress coat and $38 hand-seamed, dotted tights inspired by the full-body stockings their models wore for Fall 2009.

Tomorrow night, Morais and Wolk are celebrating the launch with a party at Anthropologie’s Rockefeller Center store, where they’ve collaborated with Anne Koch, the artist responsible for their witty prints, on an installation. The set (that’s a rendering pictured above) is inspired by dressing rooms in a few of their favorite movies, including All About Eve. We think Bette Davis would approve of their $228 silk jacquard strapless party frock—it’s the same shade of red as a dress she wears in the movie. Heck, she probably wouldn’t say no to a pair of their platinum ombré Champagne coupes ($36), either.

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