Ruffian Fall 2014 Collection

Posted on February 09, 2014

With the preponderance of high collars and long, flowing black robe-like garments (not to mention the monk’s chanting that opened the show), Ruffian is clearly going in an ecclesiastical direction this season. With highly dramatic shapes and elements that call to mind the Catholic church at the height of its political and cultural power, rendered in rich fabrics and bold prints, the collection is awash in a medieval Europe vibe that only added to the sense of drama.





[Photo Credit: IMAXtree]

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  • oklund

    Go-o-rgeous! Now going to dream myself into a world where I’m an A-list celebrity that gets to represent this brand on the red carpet. *Sigh*

  • More gorgeous hose. 🙂 So wonderful to see!

    Imma gonna go on a hose buying spree before winter here in Australia..

  • Elizabeth Bathory realness (I don’t know what 17th Century sadists actually wore, but I assume there were ruffs, ludicrous hats and dark lipstick).

    • jtabz

      And lots of red hosiery!

  • understateddiva

    It is so hard to wear that quantity of shiny well. Also for some reason that shape of hat reminds me of the pink hat worn by a character in Fat Albert….rendered in gorgeous textiles, of course.

  • MilaXX

    I like a lot of this, but I don’t think some of the pieces will translate well to the RC or for that matter to regular people. The stuff I like, I really like such as the A line pleated dresses, but those Elizabethan collars aren’t going to work on anyone who’s not a model.

    • SierraDelta

      I’m delusional — I WANT the Elizabethan collars. No idea where I’d wear them, but the heart wants what the heart wants.

      • demidaemon

        If you ever want to dress up as a female monk for a costume party or Halloween, I think these would work out. Also, to fuck with people in your everyday life.

        • SierraDelta

          I wonder if dressing like a monk-ess would get me to the head of the line at the supermarket.

          • demidaemon

            If it doesn’t, it should!

          • SierraDelta

            I’ve just started a biography of Mary Tudor (Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen by Anna Whitelock), so maybe that explains my current craving for ruffs.

            Plus, it’s nice to know that in this century I get to keep my ruff, as well as my head, if I fall afoul of the peasants in the supermarket checkout line.

          • demidaemon

            Interesting. That seems probable. Of course, as a BK, you are well ahead of the peasants. 😉

          • SierraDelta

            You darling man! You certainly know how to sweet talk a Tudor wannabe.

  • deelup

    If the cast of The Tudors had babies with the cast of Clueless.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I kinda want to see Tilda Swinton rocking some of these looks to enhance her goddess-like nature.

  • LilyVanessi

    Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition…

    • @Biting Panda


    • Danielle

      Our chief weapon is surprise… surprise and fear… fear and surprise…

  • travelingcat

    Loving the color story here.

  • quiltrx

    I like the colors a lot. And while not all of it seems particularly wearable, I do like the attention that is paid to shape and seaming.

  • Jaime

    I don’t know if I’d call it ecclesiastical so much as maybe … Tudor-Italian? Not a fan of any of it, but I kinda like the long black dress with the silvery trim…

  • Kirstin McAulay

    Holy eyeshadow Batman

  • boweryboy

    Interesting. There’s a definite sorry. But no.

  • Aidan B

    Aside from the white Elizabethan collars, which I think were a tad too literal, I like! There are some gorgeous and wearable pieces here, and I love the combination of electric-bright colors with the more restrained textures, like the tweeds.

  • lamamu

    Love the way color is so artfully deployed in this collection. Both lovely and fierce.

  • Blair Sylvester

    really like the tweed suit and the black raglan sleeve dress. not feeling much else. I feel like the leg of mutton sleeves are going to be a hard sell except to mormons with a thing for high fashion

  • unbornfawn

    Ruffs? Really? There is a piece or two here that might be salvageable, burt most of these are high end tents.

    • YoungSally

      It’s Ruffilian

  • ewes_urn_aim

    After reading the intro blurb, I was ready to be bored since this is such a repeated theme with designers BUT this is so fresh and unexpected! Love!

  • SierraDelta

    I want every outfit that has a ruff or a ruff-like neck.

  • Sabin

    I was so distracted by the 1989 hair and makeup that I had to stop and remind myself to look at the clothes.

    Some really nice pieces, some, oh, whatever.

    • demidaemon

      Same here. Way horrid head styling.

  • demidaemon

    Okay, so the more streamlined stuff actually works and is quite pretty. So there’s that. However, the brand goes way too literal way too often plus the frocks look massive on the models and that equals hideous and yuck foe me. Also, sad models with horrid head styling.

    • Pennymac

      Is it wrong that the stupid hats gave me the giggles every time I scrolled and saw one?

      • demidaemon

        No, not at all. Heh.

  • LaSylphide

    Some pretty, colorful dresses; some dowdy, grandma clothes; some youthful but baggy (or maybe just poorly fitted).

  • marlie

    I really like this! There are a few wackadoo pieces that I’m not terribly fond of, but overall, the fabrics are gorgeous, and the pieces that I do like, I LOVE.

  • Trickytrisha

    Hat hilarity detracts, but some of this is sumptuous and lovely, some not so. Kinda schizophrenic.

  • Oh wow. Some truly stunning pieces here. Love the collars, love the saturated colours, love the baroque vibe. Even love the satin.

  • save_the_hobbit

    Those elastic waistbands though…

  • conniemd

    I love the colored tights. Beautiful colors in this collection.

  • SewingSiren

    Red tights and ruffs. I love.

    • SierraDelta

      Who could possibly resist?!

  • lizajane1776

    First booties I have ever liked. The ones with the point up the ankle, just different enough that it doesn’t look like the leg is being chopped off.

  • Miss wks

    Move along folks…nothing to see here….seriously….nothing….

  • Some covetable prints, and I adore the tweed skirt. I can’t wait to see who goes for the metallic print pantsuit (Tilda is an obvious choice but I’d like to see Anne Hathaway take a crack at it.) Highly challenging fashion, on the whole.

  • Levedi

    I thought I was going to love this – I’m a medievalist after all. But the only medieval I see is ugly hats and a few cut up pages from medieval manuscripts that are so over used in popular medievalism that they’re a complete cliche. And they’re cut up in a way that doesn’t really use the illuminations. (And this last is just me being pedantic, but ruffled collars are Renaissance, not medieval. I figure T-Lo and the designer know that, it just irks me on a petty level.)

  • Northern_Light_27

    This collection is so lush! What a feast for the eyes, especially that glorious red. I like the leg of mutton sleeves, I’ve always found there to be an elegance to them on the right person.

  • Julie Parr

    The outfit that is 20th down from the top, red stockings, chartreuse skirt = spectacularly unattractive to me. Elastic waistband? Clashing colors? Widening of the frame on a pin-thin model? Ugh.

  • Tatiana Luján

    What I like most is the use of the colored tights!

    • sagecreek

      Hee! That’s what I hate most 🙂

    • Imasewsure

      That’s so funny. For some reason I liked the tights a lot too but I didn’t like the collection at all!

  • Alyssa

    This has nothing to do with the collection, but I can’t hear the word “ruffian” and not think of Tangled…guess I’ve seen it too many times!

  • VicD

    For most of these shows, I like the clothes better than the runway styling. for this one, I like the styling better than any of the actual clothes themselves.

  • sunflower

    It looks very Blair Waldorf, especially the tights

  • PastryGoddess

    Wicked Witch Chic

  • Lower L

    Most of this does nothing for me, but I NEED the black dress with white trim in photo 16.

  • Hildebryn

    I love the godet princess seam dresses with contrast piping. That’ll be a red carpet no-brainier.