New York, September 12, 2012 – Brian Wolk and Claude Morais offered this for Ruffian Spring/Summer 2013 – an exploration of their love of couture within the context of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. That would be the same neighbourhood that the design duo live in. Baroque, a theme very popular in FW12 womenswear collections, is presented for SS13 with a contemporary street twist. It’s always about juxtaposition for the boys, masculine meets feminine, couture meets street, etc. and SS13 is no different.
The Toile de Williamsburg is a reinterpreted toile created in collaboration with John Gordon Gauld to replace traditional motifs with Bedford Street storefronts and the Brooklyn Bridge. Big fan of the toile yes, the ruffles not so much. The silver and iridescent brocades were incredible, but some of the casual pieces such as the painter skirts looked out of place. Finally, we’re huge fans of Converse All-Stars, however it felt as though a deal the boys had with a shoe supplier fell through and this was their band-aid solution. They just didn’t work with the collection.