'Reverie' With Ruffian. Part Deux.

New York Fashion Week may not yet be over officially.  But, for me, it has already reached its pinnacle.  The Ruffian show on Saturday morning was a test against the elements (thanks, Nemo) but we came out on top.  The weather didn't deter any of us backstage and it surely didn't deter our audience.  Fashion elite including Lydia Hearst, Robert Verdi, Joe Zee, Ken Downing, Steven Kolb and Kate Lanphear came to visit us at our red-lit opium den in the early hours of the day.  Here are some of my favorite looks from the collection, 'Reverie':

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The hair and make-up came together perfectly.  Yes, we brought back the crimping iron and it totally worked.  The collection took a break from the traditional Ruffian pompadours and Ruffian red lips and went for something more unexpected.  Stained lips and a haunting smokey eye in an unexpected shades of red.

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The nails...OHHH THE NAILS!  Ruffian shows have become famous for their manicures.  When we were testing the final product in the studio, I got to act as 'nail model' and I did not want to take these bad boys off.  Textured black nails and a cameo and veils.  Yes, veils.  The 'Victorian Mourning Manicure' as it has been dubbed fit the collection perfectly and made even more of an impact with softer make-up and hair.

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So now I am going to take a couple of days to check out all the collections that I missed in the first half of NYFW and report back.  Don't forget to follow Ruffian on Facebook, Twitter (where you can see some fun video from backstage taken by yours truly) and Instagram (@ruffianboys).

(All images c/o Style.com)