The Row Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2014 New York
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In a room bisected into corridors by billowing white sails of fabric, designer Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen looked to the seaside and fishing villages in far flung places, where the passage of time somehow moves at a slower pace, as the spot they wanted their latest collection to reside.

The twin designers created a languidly luxurious line up of ensembles. Clothing crafted in rich fabrics like organza, gazar, jacquard, and taffeta that spun into understated outfits that whisper their refinement to those who know how to spot such things.

Walking out on practical leather loafer or flat mules, the models looked very much at ease in crinkled georgette dresses, loose graphic print caftans and long layered cotton tulle pieces lightly embellished with a primitive patterned motif, a crescent moon bag (or two) slung over their shoulders.

There was a particular exploration of  the idea of netting in many of the outfits the duo sent out. A woven top that unfurled into fringe at the skirt or one that looked very much handmade in its construction, with strands of yarn trailing below its wavy hem, were two options. But the concept was also extrapolated out further. The designers created a perforated leather shift dress, its top covered in black beads that echoed the shapes of the net like punctures on the rest of the garment, that was beautiful in its simplicity. The jacquard ribbons woven into stiff ropey bib adornments on a coat and sleeveless dress, also had an artisanal feel to them.

This was a collection that smartly took The Row woman out of her ivory city tower. In her new sartorial surroundings she is sure to flourish next spring.

- Jessica Michault

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