January 10, 2011 New York
Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen's pre-fall showstopper is a jade green alligator jacket. Fitted to the waist and flaring out slightly below it with a peplum made of the edges of raw hide, it's ultra-luxe and just as cool. A year after their first runway show for The Row, that's the territory the designers are stamping out for themselves; the finest fabrics and cut rule in their universe. This season that means they stitched a stretch cashmere that's exclusive to the brand into a long tunic and paired it with matching flaring pants; they also worked with a furrier to whip up fox jackets with holes in the pelts, so they're lightweight enough to wear year-round, if that's your thing. As glam as those furs sound, this collection is as minimal as their earlier ones, with a focus on tailoring. A cotton pantsuit is almost boyish in its proportions, and a skirtsuit comes with an adjustable zip up the front to manage its sexy factor. A thigh-high slit made another appearance on an otherwise understated navy lace dress worn with crocodile mules that were not unlike the shoes they used for Spring. The Olsens deserve high marks for the consistency and persuasiveness of their vision.
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