It’s no mystery why I love The Row: crisp, edited creations that are grown-up without a hint of stuffiness, in the most glorious of skins and leathers. Now it looks like the wise-beyond-their-years Olsen sisters have grown up even more, no pains necessary. At least, their eye for design has: their Fall 2013 collection brings their label to covetable new heights.
I love the subtle touches of colorblocking Mary-Kate and Ashley have incorporated into their timeless styles. Ivory and black feels thoroughly reinvented, especially with a great injection of cherry red. Along with slyly angular cutouts and dashes of slouch, it’s restrained yet potent details like these that take an otherwise ladylike number to new heights. And who needs hardware for closure when flaps and tabs are done so brilliantly? The collection is heavy on classics, but it’s not without a few major surprises. Their way with curly Mongolian lamb puts “chic” into fall’s fur bags (and you know that’s no easy feat), and be prepared to see their sumptuous exotic hobos, topped with the slinkiest of chains, on the arms of high-profile editors and bloggers alike come Fashion Week in September.
The Row is available on Net-a-Porter.