The 60-something beauty entrepreneur Linda Rodin stars in The Row
's Pre-Fall lookbook alongside Ursula Wallis and Esther de Jong, models who stalked the runways way back in the eighties and nineties. Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen have long courted a sophisticated shopper; here, the casting accentuated the elegance of their clothes. Pieces like a faux wrap midi-length skirt in men's shirting stripes, a trim blazer and matching slim skirt in loden-colored bouclé, and a simple bias-cut shift exhibited a cool restraint. The sisters said they were influenced by images of older men and women at work in their gardens. As timeless (and ageless) as the clothes looked, you could call them anti-fashion, except that fashion has lately been coming around to items like these.
In any case, the aforementioned restraint was belied by the Olsens' exquisite taste in fabrics. There was a lot of cooing over multi-ply ribbed knit cashmere sweaters at the label's informal presentation this morning, and a fur jacket made from thin strips of mink, fox, and beaver enjoyed more than a few longing caresses. To reinforce their utilitarian theme, the twins accessorized a waterproof trench (extra-long, generously A-line) with a shoulder bag that did double duty as a fanny pack. Hey, if Ashley and Mary-Kate can usher in a backpack trend, who says they can't do the same thing for bum bags?