The Row S/S’14 Shows Sophistication in Heaps

by Katie on September 10, 2013

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I’m mighty impressed with The Row this season. Forget the fact that it’s Mary-Kate and Ashey Olsen and concentrate on the clothes.  My, these are good. Compare and contrast with the contrived nature of Ms Beckham’s much hyped collection and case in point, the Olsen twins win hands down.

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This season sees a nomadic approach – global traveller meets 5th Avenue and The Hamptons, which, to be honest, is kinda’ exactly the lives of the Olsen twins. But it’s overriding factor was the relaxed, luxurious, sophisticated Italianate feel of fabrics and sheer quality that this mix of global pit-stops from North Africa to the Middle East gave off in heaps.

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From relaxed suiting Maxmara type edge-to-edge coats and jackets thrown artfully over crinkled georgette with a just-so expensive gilt belt, this showed innate polish. Shades of rust and navy flowing dresses and embellished tops came with the winner cross-over body, slouchy soft leather bags, sometimes worn so low they became the feature of the outfit. Modernist print kaftans and matching baseball caps, djellabah type ensembles and some beautiful  cream on cream ‘beekeeper’ style long skirts, bandeau tops and vests showed the Olsens have made the leap to ever-so-grown-up. Figure in chunky crochet knit crop ponchos with matching bags over a gossamer print cheesecloth and pair with flat slip on loafers and this was a look.

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The Row took it further by adding in frill Edwardian sleeve dresses under floor length, edge-to-edge zebra print wool coats. For evening, a fringed crochet knit dress worn over a bandeau georgette version and paired with a clutch not only combined East meets West but low-key with mega Sophisticate. Laser-cut leather shifts and perforated shearling coats only added to this ultra controlled and confident show from a team who tend to under-hype their offer. The Row was right-on.

Catwalk imagery used by kind permission of www.style.com

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