June 07, 2012
At 25, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen may be the CFDA's youngest-ever Womenswear Award winners, but they don't fetishize youth. On the contrary, they invited sexagenarian beauty Lauren Hutton as their date on Monday night, featured septuagenarian street-style star Beatrix Ost in their Awards ceremony video, and for Resort used the "old lady shoe company" Silvia Fiorentina to accessorize their timeless clothes. The designers looked at photos of fishermen to create a lineup that was long on ribbed turtlenecks, elegant coats (the lavender one was a dream), and sporty fur-lined parkas. How refreshing to see serious outerwear in a collection that delivers in November and December—why haven't designers who've been around longer than the Olsens figured that out yet?
Fabrics were both techy (coated vinyl trenches) and rich (multi-ply cashmere sweaters). And the silhouettes were understated, from a silk caftan that billowed like a parachute to a color-blocked button-down blouse and matching tuxedo stripe trousers to an amethyst silk wrap gown identical to the one Ashley wore to the CFDAs. A quilted black leather jacket and matching cropped leather leggings were as edgy as things got. Their twenty-something peers have made a virtue of hipness, but the Olsens choose quiet luxury.