Fashion inclined folk around the world look to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for inspiration – and for something new. I’ve been reporting on the ground here in New York City for three days, and while I enjoyed all of the shows I have attended, nothing stood out as truly groundbreaking to me.
But then came Ruffian Spring/Summer 2013, showing early in the morning in Lincoln Center. What came out on to the runway was a unique and new display, garments harkening back to the French baroque era, but with a modern Williamsburg twist.
The color palette was soft and basic – baby blue, pale pink, soft yellow and white. Pieces featured fluttering chiffons and pussy bows, while others were decidedly more structured, like strong suits, tailored blazers, and form fitting bustiers. Shapes seemed to either hug the body or disregard it altogether.
But the standout feature of the line was the prints that dominated the show, which were a beautiful French wallpaper print and a shiny metallic baroque. The classic French wallpaper print was cheeky and fun on leggings and blazers, while the shimmering baroque prints were elegant but not stuffy. And between all the luxe materials, fascinating shapes, and spring-perfect colors, models all wore Converse shoes and some wore Ruffian t-shirts. it was the perfect blend of modern and vintage, men’s and women’s.
Clearly, this wasn’t just my favorite show. As the designers stepped out after all was walked and done, show attendees didn’t just clap, but cheered – an unusual occurrence at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, where strong traditions dictate how to behave at fashion shows. The response from show-goers was full of excitement and overwhelming positive.
“That was amazing,” said blogger and stylist Ria Michelle as she exited the venue. “I love the mix of men’s and women’s wear.”
Never was there a final walk more exciting.
Images via Style.com