The catwalk darkens, leaving only the glaring screens of the crowd’s iPhones and Blackberrys to light it. After moments, metre at a time, the white catwalk and, eventually, Ruffian’s monogram are illuminated. And out steps model Siri Tollerod, with presence. So much presence, in fact, that my first thoughts have scant to do with Ruffian’s fall 2011 offering, and yet there it is. Dark. Richly detailed. Often masculine. Or at least, from the tuxedos to the skirt suits, it’s a feminine, dandy take on the coming season.
Look at this collection as a whole and you’re likely to see little more then its interpretation of men’s clothes as a women’s wardrobe. And that would be a fair call. As it heads down this New York fashion week catwalk the likes of the mid-length patent skirts paired with a bow tie and tails, and the Prince of Wales check so bold that Tom Ford might even pass on using it, so dominate that it’s easy to overlook the other pieces. But they’re there. There in the guise of ruffles. In the guise of lace laden and silk fringed mini dresses. But it’s when the feminine meets masculine in this collection that it most sticks in your mind.
You can see all the photos from Ruffian‘s autumn (fall) / winter 2011 / 2012 catwalk by clicking on the thumbnails below.