Designers Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen were on hand this past New York Fashion Week 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.