Getting the invitation to Ruffian this year was one of those unexpected surprises that just make me smile. I loved the chance to watch designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais in action.
The designing duo spent quite a bit of time in Saratoga Springs, which inspired a love of all things jockeys and horse racing. With makeup and hair inspired by a mixture of influences that go along with legendary movie and photography references (eyebrows from Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet, images taken of Jacqueline De Ribes by Richard Avedon,) the models came strutting down the runway to a very literal interpretation of the jockey theme, with racing striped jackets cut to fit over other trim separates. Swimwear was also shown and there was a gorgeous yellow gown with an injection of cobalt blue, a continuation of the theme and well executed.
For me, as a fan of the cut of Ruffian’s clothing, I enjoyed the collection but wonder if it might be a little TOO literal when it comes to the selection of the theme. I like the concept of mixing a few of these racing-inspired jackets with a party dress for evening or with black leather shorts but I’m not sure the rest of the pieces would be too friendly to women with curves or would work into an existing wardrobe as well as with other pieces in the collection. My picks from the collection would be the gorgeous yellow evening gown and this gorgeous striped jacket. While it was fun for theatrics sake, the theme might have been a bit too literal for me this time.