The timing wasn’t quite right for Downton Abbey to have a major effect on the runways this season, but you got the sense that everyone wished it had. The show’s reaching its peak in international popularity and, like Mad Men before it, is practically begging the design world to come take a look at its wares and do their best to recreate them. Ruffian always flirted with a tweedy English style, and the stated inspiration for this collection was statues in country house gardens, so we believe that there wasn’t a direct Downton starting point here, just a nice bit of fashion synchronicity thrown in stark relief by the pop culture zeitgeist. But it’s hard not to see Lady Mary in some of these elegant tailored long coats, or Lady Edith putting the pedal to the metal in some of the looser, shorter ones. Even if it’s not directly Downton, there’s an elegant shooting party chic thing going on here that just happens to push a couple pop culture buttons at the moment.
[Photo Credit: ruffian.com]