I had never been to a presentation of The Row until yesterday. (Thank you for inviting the internet this season!) So even though Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen picked up the CFDA award for designers of the year in 2012, I never truly understood just how good they were until I saw the clothes up close.
The Olsens showed their fall 2013 collection in the townhouse of my dreams on the Upper East Side yesterday. It was bathed in soft lighting, a fire flickered, and the best smell ever (seriously if anyone knows what that was tell me) wafted through the building. The Olsens flitted about, hugging and welcoming guests, until everyone took their seats on a perfectly curated selection of antique-looking couches, settees and divans in living rooms throughout house, ready to take in the presentation.
It was so intimate I almost felt like I didn't belong there.
But it was the perfect environment to take in just how beautiful these clothes were. The silhouettes were restrained and simple--think long menswear-inspired jackets, slim pants, slouchy sweaters, v-neck tunic dresses--but immaculately tailored and constructed with the most sumptuous fabrics. Jackets and skirts were trimmed in mink. I wanted to take the oversized cashmere fisherman's sweater in look 15 right off the model. Ivory evening looks were done in shimmering foulard silk jacquards and the final look was covered in a barely discernible vine flower silk jacquard and hand embroidery. It was easily the best collection I've seen all week.
You'd think in the Olsens' perfect world there might not be room for cheekiness, but the designers proved they have a sense of humor, too. To cap off every exquisite look, models wore fluffy little bedroom slipper mules--the kind you might pair with a trashy teddy. It was a knowing wink--they don't take it all too seriously.
Let's just stay I could have stayed in that town house all day.