The inspiration for the Ruffian Fall 2014 collection was "monastic opulence," which seems like two conflicting terms, but the opposites meshed together quite beautifully. Designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais looked to the work of 1800s portrait artist Petrus Christus for silhouettes and the rich, dark color palette that’s carried throughout.
Due to the religious undertones of the New York Fashion Week collection, there were minimal flashes of skin and plenty of long-sleeved, full-length dark black dresses and ruffled high white collars. Despite the severity of some of these looks, there was some whimsy that worked its way into the collection with a playful unicorn tapestry print and jewel tone colors. Seductive red lipstick on the models was one small detail that hinted the collection wasn’t entirely about devotion.