No, dear Fashion Week attendees, you are not on the set of Downtown Abby. Though the quiet morning snowfall against a cloudy gray sky might have appeared a bit like England, Lincoln Center was the locale for Ruffian's Fall 2012 unveiling.
The Mercedes Benz tent at Lincoln Center was transformed into an English countryside estate with models dressed in nubby tweed, high collars and bold primary colors.
Ruffian presented a Fall 2012 collection inspired by English estates at New York Fashion Week 2012 on Saturday. Designers Brian Wolk & Claude Morais were inspired while viewing bronze sculptures of Henry Moore set against the backdrop of English estates.
The stunning collection was at once regal and mysterious. Models looked coy with glossy red lips and tilted broad-rimmed hats. Tweed coats, prim dresses, smoking jackets, frilly blouses and Mary-Jane platforms completed the look.
Ornamentation was sparse. Large buttons adorned both the fronts and the backs of some pieces, while a cobalt blue dress had no adornment whatsoever.
Primary colors were what took the looks from drab to daring. Scarlet, cobalt and a touch of fuchsia added a necessary pop to a more subdued theme. Against brownish tweed, beige and black, the colors brought the collection to another level.
Ruffian's Fall 2012 line tips its hat to a bygone era.
Check out photos from the Ruffian runway from New York Fashion Week 2012.