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The Row Fall 2013 Collection: The Element of Surprise

The Row Top Handle, Tote, Hobo Fall/Winter 2013 Bags

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.



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  1. Some of the bags are just different enough to be interesting…but browsing bags from The Row left me puzzled as to why the excessive price tags. I understand and am willing to pay good money for lovely things…but at some point I feel taken advantage of…their bags seem priced too high in comparison to bags of equally prestigious designers offerings. The other puzzling thing…why are designers insistent upon fur bags…I have yet to see one that I would purchase.