Downton-Worthy Brit Heritage Style Rules The Runway At Ruffian

11/02/2012 18:53 | Updated 22 May 2015

WHO? Brian Wolk and Claude Morais, the creative directors behind NY cult label Ruffian.

ruffian-autumn-winter-2012-new-york-fashion-weekRuffian on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012/13

IN A NUTSHELL: The collection is entitled Concerto For Two, but to look beyond this Clinton Cards Valentine's Day strapline, is to see the duality theme that dominates the collection, with a tension between razor sharp tailoring and vixen-worthy black leather, and cosy wintry textures of wool and cashmere in a classic palette of moss green, scarlet and navy.

There was a definite Brit mood, via lashings of plaid, tweed pieces and heavily buttoned riding coats that would not of been out of place at shooting party on Downton.

BEG BORROW OR STEAL: The airforce blue tweed skirt suit with leather inserts gets our vote. We also loved the Ruffian-esque ruffled Victoriana silk blouses teamed with a slouchy black leather pencil skirt.

VERDICT: Jet-lagged and bleary-eyed, it seemed ironic that our first show in New York was a lesson in British heritage style. Like a character on Downton, this was sturdy, practical and - in places - possessed a stiff upper lip that could have done with a bit more loosening.

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