Saturday, September 10, 2011
NYFW Spring 2012: The Row
Four years after launching their label The Row, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen have nothing to prove. The ready-to-wear is in nearly 150 stores worldwide, and their new bag line, including a crocodile backpack that costs almost as much as a new BMW, is reportedly selling briskly at Barneys. But they impressed again with their latest show. First, the setting: a vaulted-ceiling, wood-paneled studio at the Baryshnikov Arts Center as serenely lovely as the collection (you can be sure this will become a popular fashion-week venue in the future). Second, the clothes: Spring is more restrained than their super-luxe Fall outing. The palette, mostly white and soft shades of mint and blush pink, played a part in that. So did the silhouettes: long, sleeveless tunics over sheer pants; a printed satin pajama set with a long silk robe over it; an elongated tuxedo jacket worn with full trousers.