The Fall 2012 Ruffian collection was all grown up and all the better for it. Plaid wool separates anchored the collection in heather greys, hunter green and rich thistle purple. High-waisted pantsuits with matching cropped blazers looked altogether feminine and restrained. This was indeed a collection for the professional woman who has no use near obscene heights of the micro-minis of yore.
The highland plaids were mixed with leather accent panels on capes, and crisp pleats on top of pleats on both pants and skirts. Speaking of skirts, we are rejoicing in the new and added length that designers, especially the men of Ruffian, are embracing for Fall. It seems sensible, mature and ultimately refreshing after multiple seasons of the disappearing hemline.
One shorter piece, a black velvet dress accented with a gold cord belt, looked rich yet refined - and somehow seemed to improve under the harsh lights of Lincoln Center. With a vibrant matte red lipstick, this look shone like a '90s Bond girl about to make a getaway.
The collection was ultimately interesting without exaggeration and wholly wearable. We have no doubt that Ruffian's structured coats and suits will surely make their mark when the leaves drop next September.