Brian Wolk and Claude Morais looked to the saloons, opium dens and theaters of the Bowery’s dark and intriguing yesteryear to inform Ruffian’s fall aesthetic. The result was a rich and moody collection featuring English tailoring, shiny jacquards and men’s shirting with ruffle details. Some silhouettes were bold and exaggerated — cropped and belled pants, a crisp oversize blouse with a long necktie, a swashbuckling cape — yet the designers maintained just the right balance by adding pieces with a fluid sensuality, such as a lovely loose-fitting embroidered black dress.

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