City Pulse

By Kendria Smith

On a wintry morning at the Studio in Lincoln Center, designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais took us across the pond, transcending time and place to the height and elegance of life in an English countryside manor. Ruffian’s Fall 2012 Collection was inspired by the duality of city chic meets country prestige. The duo combined elements of modern British style and a whimsical feminine flair, which was reflected splendidly from well-tailored tweeds to velvet-adorned fingertips.

Backstage before the show, James Kaliardos, lead makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics, mentioned that the look he created was inspired by the feel of the English estate and bronze sculptures inspired him. He achieved a natural, glowing look by prepping the skin with Mineralized Charged Water Moisture Gel and using up to two shades of MAC’s Matchmaster Foundation for a perfect blend. The Pro Sculpting Creams softens the face and was topped off with Prep + Prime Transparent Finish Powder. Eyelashes were curled and coated with brown mascara, lids enhanced with Always Sunny Pro Longwear Eyeshadow and Pressed Pigment Day Gleam to add shimmer.

Lips made quite a statement covered in MAC’s Cherry Lip Pencil and very own Ruffian Red Lipstick, which will be launching this year in June. And to add a fun, modern pop to an otherwise dapper collection, MAC Senior Artist Keri Blair chose a selection of velvet nail tips in bold colors, which caused quite a buzz backstage.

Hairstylist Neil Moodie took the theme of “regal country lady”, stating that he wanted her to be “coiffed but modern,” and created a hairstyle that is simple to emulate. Moodie used Bumble and Bumble Prep Spray, layered it with a thickening spray to increase hold before drying the hair. Using a quarter inch-sized curling iron, he created spiral curls through the entire head, brushed it out maintaining loose waves, and used a few pins and a mist of Bumble and Bumble Shine Spray to perfect the tresses into an airy bob.

The collection was very structured and diverse with a number of pantsuits, skirts, sheath dresses, and tailored coats. Ruffian also flooded the runway with high ruffled collars, broad-rimmed hats and stunning gem tones that will no doubt have women in the hunt for these pieces for fall.

Originally published February 2012
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