While the Elizabeth and James
girl is typically somewhere in her twenties, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen have always approached her as someone wise and sophisticated beyond her years (much like the designers themselves, or their sister Elizabeth, who made the rounds at the Fall presentation). The new collection was ripe with covetable, grown-up outerwear, including rounded-shoulder coats cut from cozy faux shearling fleece or watermelon-colored mohair. Maybe the discerning E+J customer originally had her heart set on something similar from The Row or Céline, but scoring one of these utterly cool toppers at E+J's more attainable, contemporary price point is by no means a concession. It's more like a win. Other winning items here included a black bomber jacket featuring slick patent sleeves, and a pair of menswear-y, relaxed plaid trousers. This season, Elizabeth and James debuted its much-anticipated line of handbags, which included navy or leopard-print hair-cow slings as well as functional leather shoppers that will undoubtedly build up a following of their own.