Ruffian designers (and winners of this year’s FGI Rising Star Award), Claude Morias and Brian Wolk, made an appearance today at Stanley Korshak for their fall 2006 trunk show. If you missed them, don’t worry, they will still be around for a second round tomorrow from 1-3. I sat down with the refined young designers to talk about their inspirations for the collection, what’s to come, and what they think of Dallas style. Click below to read more.
D: Is this your first time in Dallas?
Ruffian: This is our second trunk show at Stanley Korshak.
D: What do you think of Dallas women and their style?
Ruffian: There is a lot of selection in Dallas so I believe everyone has a vision of what she needs and wants. They are very fashion forward, even more than New York because they are more safe in New York. Kind of a European way of dress, very eccentric and forward thinking.
D: Describe who you design for.
Ruffian: We dress a lady and girls who are fashion forward. All ages from 25 plus. We are avant-garde.
D: Tell me about the fall collection and what inspired the designs.
Ruffian: The American Romantic theme from spring led into fall. Soft fabrics, deep colors, pre-war in Europe. We used lots of velvets and fur. Long chains by David Yurman and velvet round-toe shoes by Christian Louboutin were created for the collection.
For spring there will be more freshness and some denim in the collection. Crisp fabrics with round shapes.
D: Will there be more of the men’s collection?
Ruffian: In the long term we dream to do more. We have ties, shirts, and vests right now. We see our ties on a lot of red carpets. We will re-explore the men’s next fall. It is all inspired by the women’s wear fabrics: brocades, shine, and texture.
D: What is the one piece from your collecion that all women from Dallas should own this fall?
Ruffian: The cocktail suit.
Well, I for one would love to have the beautiful jersey dress that could be worn practically anywhere. The signature high ruffled collars look fabulous on the silk jacquard blouses and coats with hoods will keep you ahead of the game when it comes to furs this fall. To all you fashionistas out there, I highly recommend you stop by to check out the French-American inspired line and meet the friendly designing duo if you get a chance.