Designers Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen were on hand yesterday evening to unveil their latest Elizabeth and James offering atop Chelsea’s Hotel Americano.
You could tell how much the line--which originally consisted primarily of flowy party tops and boyfriend blazers--has matured since its inception, just by looking at the presentation’s set-up. The brand no longer offers only clothing but a full-fledged lifestyle, which the Olsens have developed slowly but surely throughout the seasons. Items were displayed throughout two rooms: accessories (shoes, sunglasses, jewelry, and for the first time--affordable handbags!) in one room and ready-to-wear in another. If attendee smiles are a reliable indicator, it appears the twins have a hit on their hands for fall.
The ready-to-wear collection was comprised of three main elements: the coat, the jacket, and the sweater. Coats came knee-length, in wool, mohair and faux shearling in a palette of bordeaux, charcoal, black, and hot pink. Jackets were quilted bomber-style, some made of coated cotton, adding a streetwear-edge to an otherwise prim arrangement. Sweaters were pullover and designed with a slight slouch; some featured foil details, and others feather yarns. These looks, paired with surefire hit shoes like black-and-white kitten booties made of shiny patent and red patent penny loafers with an innovative invisible tab, made easily wearable clothes look surprisingly inventive.