Thursday, 17 February 2011

NYFW Highlights: The Row

In what seems like the blink of an eye, New York Fashion Week is over and we are left to muse over what trends will be most popular in the coming season. My favourite show was undoubtedly The Row.

The Row's latest collection exuded that elegant, understated luxury that has come to define the Olsen-run label that has been so well-received within the notoriously harsh fashion community since its launch in 2007, even being nominated for a highly coveted CFDA award this year.

The famous twins relaxed on the strict monochromatic minimalism that defined their last two collections and stepped elegantly into exploring pops of colour. The quality of their clothing can most clearly be seen in the exquisite tailoring of the perfectly-cut trousers (the label's name is notably inspired by London's Savile Row), as well as their wonderfully-executed first foray into handbags. While this collection is more grown up and ladylike than collections past, a relaxed, androgynous feel can still be seen throughout. I was most excited by the velvet slippers, elbow-length leather gloves, sexy sheer layering mixed with luxe seperates, and the cute spherical bags.

Although I'm not sure how I feel about the abundant use of fur (one coat was made entirely from fox pelts) the entire collection is undeniably covetable and offered something wearable for every occasion, almost like a capsule Autumn/Winter wardrobe.

More soon.

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