Recent outings have found the Elizabeth and James
girl embracing a more casual tone (Resort and Spring 2014 included faded, distressed denim, and pre-fall featured grungy layering), but she cleaned up her act a bit for Fall. "This season was more about oversize jackets and oversize menswear," Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen said at their presentation. Their latest lineup emphasized relaxed suiting separates, such as borrowed-from-the-boyfriend blazers and cropped, relaxed trousers that were cut from an Oxford-stripe wool reminiscent of prep-school uniforms (this concept was underscored by the basic Bass loafers teamed with each look). The design duo also reinterpreted the classic haberdashery pattern in a softer way: as a print found on silk twill skirts. They continued to riff on masculine motifs with tailored wool pinstripe coats, and tops layered over long, crisp shirts.
Elsewhere, the sister act played up toasty textures in the form of thermal alpaca turtlenecks paired with knee-length leather skirts. While these sweaters couldn't hold a candle to the dense, 900-gram double-face cashmere knits the Olsens showed earlier this week at The Row, they still conveyed a coziness that felt current for the contemporary market. Outerwear was a particular highlight here, with noteworthy styles including a charcoal-colored, ankle-scraping topper that could be zipped off to create a short jacket, as well as functional parkas and fuzzy faux shearlings. "There's nothing more to say with these things," said Mary-Kate. We'd have to agree: These wearable clothes didn't require much explanation to grasp their modern appeal.