Ruffian Spring 2013 Collection

Posted on September 15, 2012


The world of fashion can be awfully repetitive at times, so it’s notable when someone comes up with a concept off the beaten path. “Williamsburg hipsters go Baroque” fits the bill nicely. The juxtaposition of Chuck Taylors with toile prints, ruffles, and seersucker made for a fun, wearable, unique set of looks. Sometimes, creative efforts need to ask a question no one else would think to ask and “What if Marie Antoinette moved to Brooklyn?” is tantalizing enough to make us ponder for days on the matter.




[Photo Credit: GoRunway]

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  • My teenager just flipped over this collection – she loves it. Fresh, fun and lovely.

    • I’m a teenager– doing the same thing! What a fantastic collection. One of my favorites so far.

  • MoHub

    The sneakers alone are worth the price of admission.

    • Stuck_on_Mute

      How thrilled must the models have been that they got to wear chucks on the runway!

      • joything

        Ditto that!

      • bittykitty

         that was my first reaction!

    • TieDye64

      Amen to that.

  • I’m such a sucker for toile. Some of the items seem a bit widening, especially that searsucker skirt and blue top in the 2nd from the bottom row, but I could see these pieces being mixed with other things and really being versatile and fun and stylish. It’s a great collection. Although the hair pouf on all the models is making me twitch. 

    • Alisa Rivera

      What is that hair pouf style called? I hate it so much, which is ironic because back in the 80s I thought that chick from Thompson Twins had the coolest hair ev-er.

      • “I hate it so much” is exactly what I thought every time I looked at the hair

  • Linderella

    At first I didn’t like, but once I started putting my thumb over the models’ heads (that hair and makeup is ridick), my attitude about the clothes did a 180.  Cute and stylish.  Love.  If I were a woman I’d wear just about every piece.

    • alyce1213

      Right??  What is with those faces?  I covered them and liked it all better too.

  • Um, this is aimed at 12 yr olds right?? 12 yr olds with taste in crappy prints and shiny, flammable fabrics?  

  • So chic yet hip. Great clothes.

  • l_c_ann

    It’s disconcerting to see my draperies (mostly toile) in different and very shiny fabrics being used in sports clothes.  It looks as strange as the big chintz prints did for other designers recently. 

    Now, would MK says “She looks like curtains walking” as a variation on “That looks like her Grandmother’s sofa”  or do curtains get a pass?

  • Ehhh, I’m not loving this collection, and especially not with the Chucks.

  • I can’t wear a single thing, but I love this.  I wish this existed back in the 80’s ;0)

  • ThaliaMenninger

    It’s a strange day for me when something I actually own (pink Chuck Taylors) comes down a runway. I’m not sure how to handle the oddity.

  • Miss_Magpie

    Love love love. Fresh, fun, pretty…pity I am too mature for this, but I would have rocked it high school! (Actually, I am fairly certain I pulled off quite a few “what if Marie Antoinette moved to Houston” looks back in the day!)

  • I love toile, but I am not sure I love THIS toile.  May those pink flowered shorts and skirt on either end of the last row … but they look like something I would buy from Lands’ End.  Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE Lands’ End, but it ain’t exactly “designer.”

  • It’s just too much shit for me. The Chucks, the toile, the layering, the baby shower colors. I think that’s what it is, this actually looks like baby shower decorations. This is probably my least favorite of the week. 

    • minnye

      Yeah, these colors… blech.

  • MilaXX

    Any collection with 2 of my favorite things: chucks and seersucker, is one I’m going to love. Adorbs!

  • tereliz

    Dying over this! The seersucker and toile and chucks… I’m thinking I can pull off a Ruffian-inspired fall outfit from my closet, but come spring I’m going to want it in pink. 

  • SO CUTE!  Hope versions of this end up in the high street next year. I will be all over it.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Marie Antoinette from the Sofia Coppola movie moves to Brooklyn, you mean. There were even Chuck Taylors in the movie, nestled between all those especially-designed Blahniks. But it certainly fits the bill.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Ew. Rumpled, shiny pajamas in blah fabrics. I am not a fan of that train-conductor stripe on anyone over the age of four (who isn’t actually a conductor). Reads 80’s suburbia to me, and the shoes are nothing special. The drop-waist white tank dress and toile corset top first-row center are the only things I can see wearing.

    Didn’t Sofia Coppola already make this movie? 

    • oh_dear_oh_dear

      Right? Completely 80’s suburbia; I’m not seeing the hipster at all, other than the shoes. And in this context and color, even the Chucks look preppy.

    • yybb

      Exactly. Marie-Antoinette would be wearing pajamas on the streets of Brooklyn. Good for her.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Wow, I’m impressed by the Sofia Coppola reference — it’s so on the money. (Does her line, Milk, still exist??) Anyway, I think a lot of these pieces are cute, though some definitely are not, but almost all could work well as separates, i.e. the striped skirt, but not the striped skirt + bralet + jacket.

      • LesYeuxHiboux

         That’s true, there are some wearable separates here. The covering-the-models-heads trick suggested above really does make a world of difference. Painfully bad styling. 

  • l_c_ann

    Are the blue stripes seersucker?  WIth all the other ‘upholstery’ images, I saw them as ticking (as in olde fashioned matress covers.)

  • Sara__B

    This is fun. It’s not for me, that’s for sure, but I know a lot of young women who will eat this up.

  • IAmJ

    I find it quite interesting for being so different. At least a few of the looks are very wearable. And I think Gwen Stefani could wear the crap out of many.

  • Coralie Legister

    I just got goosebumps over this. Is that sad?

  • charlotte

    Sorry, but I think most of these clothes look like pajamas. Williamsburg hipsters go Baroque..whilst asleep?

  • There’s a video ad (for Glad; it has animals in it) with sound that’s impossible to mute that’s been cropping up. Is it at all possible to remove it from the ad rotation? I wear headphones and it’s jarring and a little painful to have a loud ad suddenly blaring in my ears.

    • I’ve been getting that one too 🙁 Argh. But I doubt TLo has any control over the ads that come up on the site for the most part.

      • If they’re using Google AdSense, there should be an option that basically allows you to blocks certain advertisers. Or at least there used to be. It’s been a while since I fussed with it, to be honest.

  • quiltrx

    Some hits, some misses, but overall I like the ideas.  Kudos for doing something different.

  • bitterk

    it’s cheerful but I can’t say much more about it.  

  • I doubt that I’d wear most of these pieces, but it’s certainly a lovely, fun departure from the “pretty dress” norm.

  • Maggie Muellner

    Is this what Austin Scarlett had in mind with his All Stars minicollection? Minus the Hasidic vampire part?

  • Verascity

    “What if Marie Antoinette moved to Brooklyn?” Ugly clothes, apparently…

  • Really love the top look you posted! 

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    eh, he needed to stay away from buttercup. the stuff that doesnt have the pastel twinges is better.

  • I think Sofia Coppola proposed this juxtaposition back in 2006. It was an interesting wink in the context of that film. (

  • Thathoodwink

    Lots of toile and ugly brows
    Doo dah, doo dah

  • Zippypie

    I can’t see anyone over the age of 26 wearing this stuff.

    • I’m 54 and I’m thinking of how to interpret the tonal stripes and toile

  • Too shiny and too pink, but I do like the toile prints.

  • Trisha26

    Never has it been made more clear that shoes make the outfit. I will never complain about heels again – never. This is horrendous.

  • Not my style, but the prints are quite lovely.

  • SapphoPoet

    Love all the contrast. The first outfit pictured is my favorite. 

  • guest2visits

    I love the idea, and the summer pinks and blues, the pretty prints. 

  • zelavie

    Oh my gosh, that styling is hideous.  They all look like Joe Dirt – mullet, brows, & cheap trucker vibe from the neck up.  I had to struggle to look away from their heads to get to the clothes, which are actually pretty interesting.

  • Some of these are surprisingly cute but I just can’t understand the hair styling.  How is a ‘do like that supposed to enhance one’s appreciation of the clothes?  I find it horribly distracting.

  • TieDye64

    A lot of this just makes me so happy.

  • Fashion week on Vulcan? That is not logical.

  • Rendering hipster silhouettes in baroque-invoking textiles makes for an interesting juxtaposition. I appreciate more the idea than the end product.

  • tone-on-tone toile and stripes, awesome!

  • boomchicabowwow

    REALLY fun!  And so translatable!

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Love this collection!  So different than everyone else’s.  Love toile, love seersucker, love how youthful and exuberant this whole collection is.  Bravo!

  • LinXGUA

    I love this concept.