Saturday, September 15, 2012

Luxe Minimalism

The Olsens are undeniably talented designers--ones capable of embracing the drama of the runway and crafting the clothes that fit the part (The Row), and managing to create a diffusion line of ready to wear that isn't watered down (Elizabeth & James).

Their ready to wear collection for Elizabeth & James was filled with the kinds of separates that you'd return to, day and night, season to season. I especially love the electric blue silk crepe pants, tailored and just above the ankle, paired with a part-Kimono robe in faded black. It's exactly the sort of thing I'd throw on before heading to work and pair with an amazing heel and jewelry for night. Their collection feels both modern and traditionally sophisticated.

Their collection for The Row was rich. Filled with sumptuous silks, wide cuts, and silhouettes that mimicked ancient cultures from around the world (Kimonos, Middle Eastern-style tunics, and South American trims all made appearances), it resonated with understated grace. The woman who wears this look is more interested in the art of dressing, in construction and history, than in broadcasting that she's aware of trends.
photos: New York 

photos: Vogue

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