For spring 2016, not only did The Row designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen move their show to Paris, but they also held it outdoors in a town 45 minutes from the city — a pretty extravagant stunt that made for some lovely photos and surely pleased those who were able to make it.
For fall 2016, they did the exact opposite, staging multiple small, informal presentations inside their West Village studio. There was no assigned seating, nor was there much production involved. Just a few models walking up and down the length of the cozy, beautifully decorated showroom as editors stood or sat in antique chairs on the sidelines; the Olsens, perhaps exhausted from the work they had put into the collection, actually sat on the floor. It was the most serene vibe we've experienced so far this week: It felt like we were just hanging out with friends, listening to Morrissey and looking at some clothes.
Those clothes, too, were very serene, consisting of monochromatic looks in a mostly neutral color palette. The silhouettes were loose and easy, and the coats — a big focus for this collection — were long and elegant, but not shapeless. Several had dramatic, wide lapels, and some were nipped at the waist and had an A-line shape. The materials were luxurious as ever: double-face cashmere, astrakhan and leather abounded. Towards the end of the collection, we saw the Olsens' version of embellishment: subtle, small embroidered circular motifs with a hint of sparkle placed sparsely on a top, pants, a coat and a dress. The designers also continued their new foray into footwear with an assortment of loafers and mules.
As we reluctantly headed back out into the hectic, arctic-feeling city, attendants appeared in front of the elevators with piles and piles of luxurious cashmere, which they passed out to everyone as they left. As if those few moments of warmth and fashion week serenity weren't enough, the Olsens also gave us fancy blanket scarves. This almost makes up for their declining to appear on "Fuller House."