Fashion world, you're always going on about wanting a chunky knit, and, boy, did The Row give you one. Several, in fact. The first three looks at the label's show on Monday -- held at its salon-like (and plushly beige-carpeted) showroom -- consisted of massive, gargantuan, ginormous fur cashmere sweaters, all with cowl or turtlenecks so exaggerated, it looked like they were swallowing the models whole. The fuzzy tops -- in a solid cream or charcoal -- even came with matching skirts that could double as cozy couch throws in a chic Aspen home. It all sounds crazy, but it looked so graceful.
Which is pretty much what designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are all about: super high luxury without any flash. (Their customer probably has nightmares about wearing neon sweatshirts and fashion baseball hats.) Yet it still has enough design gumption to turn a few heads.
That line never wavered over the course of the looks, from the fantastic gray blanket shawls and accompanying V-neck frocks to the airy, full-length fil coupe (fancy fabric alert) dresses that looked they were floating.
Overall, there was a huge play on volume -- sweeping capes, big trapeze coats and potato-sack-like midi skirts -- though the color palette was kept quiet (the loudest shade was a muted burgundy). Every outfit was given a hint of cool androgyny, courtesy of a pair of the most perfect lace-up derbys, styled with wool socks worn at full mast.
The line is not for everyone. For example, I felt like I was amongst my people while Lauren couldn't imagine taking on those dwarfing proportions (even on a model!) and wished there could have been an elegant heel or two in the mix. But the wonderful thing about The Row is that everyone can agree that's it's simply beautiful, even if it's not their own personal bag.
Though, speaking of, we were totally aligned when it came to the brown and black crocodile bucket bags that made their debuts -- those we both wish we could get our hands on.