Rudsak is one of those collections that reminds us that it’s a Fall/Winter season. It’s also one of those that reminds us that we live in Canada, and though you wouldn’t know it this week, winters are bloody cold. And guess what? Rudsak’s Fall 2012 collection was inspired by, and I’m quoting the show notes here, “simply stated, being Canadian.” I’ll tell you right now, there weren’t too many surprises.
This season, Rudsak’s creative director, Evik Asatoorian, worked almost exclusively with fur and leather. The show opened with a series of black leather trenches with fur add-ons: on the collar in one incarnation, as the coat’s skirt in another. Perhaps the most unique coat had fur pockets at the hip, which gave the piece a slightly more constructed “fashion” look. The shoes were urban and all black – knee-high leather and suede stacked heels, wedge booties, and some flat motorcycle boots that were verging on edgy. Rudsak does do a very nice parka, and for someone who refuses to wear puffy coats out of vanity, that’s saying something. The best one was slim cut and quilted with slick black leather sleeves – it looked warm, but not made for the arctic. If you’re looking for a sleek, made-in-Canada coat come winter, you know where to go.