February 11, NYFW Day 2 – Second day of New York Fashion Week and I was up bright and early doing my best to dodge the drunk dudes on the N Train serenading me for money from 30th Ave. to Manhattan. With the cardio workout out of the way, first stop of the day was the Ruffian FW11 Ready-to-Wear fashion show at the Lincoln Center’s Studio. The inspiration for this year’s show was Tuxedo Park and the late 19th century New York ‘semi-formal’ style. Creative Directors Brian Wolk & Claude Morais have investigated and reinterpreted Deco and Edwardian modes of formal dress and together with women’s fashions of the time, to create a collection that juxtaposes “masculine and feminine, aristocrat and rebel, punk and princess, culture and counter-culture.” In homage to the Tuxedo’s creator, Ruffian wove larger more graphic “Prince of Wales” prints for some of their pants, suits, and coats. They also sourced all of their textiles from the USA and constructed the collection at home as well. An extraordinary collection with some great styling and hair that enhanced the pieces. All of their lace, the auden jackets/coats, the ruff blouse, and Prince of Wales suit were the biggest hits.
Next up was an impressive earthy men’s collection by Perry Ellis hosted in the Lincoln Center Stage (separate post to follow), then a surprising email arrived disclosing the TBD location of Buckler’s fashion show, scheduled to begin in three hours. Buckler closed down Grand Street between Greene and Mercer Streets in Soho, for a street runway show right in front of their store that anyone could come out to see. After the Buckler show, they invited everyone into their store for a meet and greet with free giveaways and photo shoot presentation with the models. How cool is that? Post on the Buckler FW11 men’s collection here.
Last stop of the night was a trip up to Eleventh Avenue for Toronto-based Pink Tartan’s FW11 Presentation. Many loyal Pink Taratan Toronto fans as well as NYC locals enjoyed the latest collection while sipping on exotic pomegranate vodka cocktails and soothing beats care of the night’s DJ. Kimberley’s men’s fashion design roots were evident in most of the tailoring and construction of the FW11 collection. Not unlike Ruffian, Kimberley has infused masculine into feminine in some of Pink Tartan’s newest pieces to produce a collection that finds inspiration in horseback riding and hunting. The Prince of Wales jacket with elongated suede forest green shooting/riding patches and the fur collared coat are top choices. The military influenced pieces such as the camouflaged dress and khaki military dress shirt continue along the same theme. Don’t get me wrong, Pink Tartan presented plenty of overtly feminine and playful piece. Looks like they have something for everyone next fall/winter season.
Separate posts for Marlon Gobel, Perry Ellis, and Buckler to follow. In the meantime, please visit my Facebook Page for Day 2 photos.