"It's really about addressing the way girls want to dress," Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen said before their Spring Elizabeth and James presentation. Ultimately, their contemporary E&J customer wants to dress like the stylish designers themselves, and the new collection provided plenty of ways to do so. For example, Mary-Kate made the rounds in ultra-baggy, ripped, and distressed jeans similar to a pair from the latest lineup, though hers were actually vintage—"I couldn't steal all the samples," she explained. The E&J pair was shown with a flimsy white trench, oversize shades, and a gold pinkie ring. It was a standout outfit (styled differently in the lookbook) that had a lot of real-world promise, as did casual olive cargo separates and a slouchy, slightly wrinkled bubblegum pink suit, which conveyed a disheveled sort of sophistication. Keeping a modern lifestyle in mind, the Olsen twins showed pieces that could be dressed up or down (perhaps with some of the new slingback heels, or comfy Birkenstock-like flat sandals), including washed-silk maxi skirts and a long navy gown with a laser-cut netted overlay.
Since Elizabeth and James introduced handbags and jewelry in the past year, accessories have become a burgeoning category for the label, and the ones here didn't disappoint. On-trend backpack slings came in pebbled robin's-egg blue leather or painted snakeskin, and chunky chain necklaces were partially coated in rubber to make them feel less precious.