ALL IN THE ROW

Feb 17, 2016by tracey Comments

It’s been fashion week here in New York  the last seven days.  I don’t go to most of it.  I’m not embedded enough in that world to get too many invitations. But I always seem to snag a few and for those I am eternally grateful.

This year I got three, one not so official I will stick into a blog next week. But the two I got were pretty spectacular.

My friend Alison Loehnis took me to The Row with her.  The Row is pretty much my favorite line.  For those of you who don’t know The Row is the insanely successful, ultra chic, no frills, luxe line that is designed by those now grown up once upon a time FULL HOUSE cuties The Olsen Twins.

It’s startling to imagine they went from slightly cheesy TV show, to doing some down scale kid’s lines, to having a truly exceptional fashion house.

If you let me loose with endless funds and said you can only buy one designer I might just buy all The Row. In fact I might own more of it than any other brand.  So, I was beyond thrilled when Alison changed our late day coffee to attending The Row on Monday morning.

There are still fashion shows of the old school,  chairs with ribbons and reserved cards, the oh-so coveted front row viewing spot and a proper cat walk. But more and more designers are doing less formal presentations with mini fashion shows or the clothes just on display.

The Row was part show, part presentation. It started at nine.  It was somewhere downtown in a big room filled with sofas and comfy chairs. There were waiters holding trays of glasses of green juice.  Thanks, but no thanks.   I think there was coffee as well.

People milled about, chatted about yesterday’s shows  and took in the clothes hanging on racks that lined one wall of the long room.

Yes, of course Mary Kate and Ashley were there. Though I must say they try as hard as they can to melt into the background. They watched the show perched on the floor, Starbucks paper cups in hand.

The show was thirty pieces hanging on about ten way too skinny girls who walked down the center of the room. Some people sat, we stood, The whole presentation took maybe ten minutes.  The clothes were the minimalist, neutrals they are known for. The fall season is heavy on coats and theirs are divine.  They girls didn’t even take a bow.  I guess they have bowed plenty in their time.

The real coup de gras was on the way out there was a table piled high with cashmere blankets.. I’m not talking thin cashmere. I’m talking quadruple ply, luxe, luxe, luxe, dreamy cashmere in black, grey or white that they make their coveted sweaters out of. And as you walked by you were offered your choice of colors.  Even the most jaded fashionistas were impressed by this heavenly swag.

Then it was out into the snow, everyone clutching their blankets like well dressed Linuses – if Linus happened to have his own driver or an Uber car waiting and ten hour line up of fashion shows he was expected to attend.

When you're going to a show it's a good idea to pick out your clothes the night before. Sort of like the first day of school. Never wear head to toe the designer you are seeing. The only Row piece I wore is the grey jacket from the Spring collection.
When you’re going to a show it’s a good idea to pick out your clothes the night before. Sort of like the first day of school. Never wear head to toe the designer you are seeing. The only Row piece I wore is the grey jacket from the Spring collection.
First things first. Coffee and an eye mask.
First things first. Coffee and an eye mask.
Ready to go.It was snowing. Not sure I loved my boot choice. But they were just what the girls showed with all their clothes. Photo by James Mahoney.
Ready to go.It was snowing. Not sure I loved my boot choice. But they were just what the girls showed with all their clothes. Photo by James Mahoney.
Heading off to the show. Alison Loehnis
Heading off to the show. Alison Loehnis
So it looked just like this. Could have been anything really.
So it looked just like this. Could have been anything really.
Except their collection was there to see. Love this color grouping for fall.
Except their collection was there to see. Love this color grouping for fall.
These boots. I am going to get my hands on a pair somehow.
These boots. I am going to get my hands on a pair some how.
Even when they are fancy, they are simple.
Even when they are fancy, they are simple.
Someday I will be a girl who can go out with this as her only bag. NOT.
Someday I will be a girl who can go out with this as her only bag. NOT. But it would be nice.
More my size. You see they are totally without frills, names, logos, nada..
More my size. You see they are totally without frills, names, logos, nada..
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I think this is Ashley. I have never been able to tell them a part. It also might be Mary Kate. Quietly waiting for the show to begin. No fanfare.
This woman is Sarah Harris. She is the features editor of British Vogue. I think she is the one responsible for all the young girls going grey. But she pulls it off better than anyone.
This woman is Sarah Harris. She is the features editor of British Vogue. I think she is the one responsible for all the young girls going grey. But she pulls it off better than anyone.
Mauve On By
Mauve On By
The sisters sit on the floor and watch.
The sisters sit on the floor and watch.
Up close
Up close

white - 1

Going to get a burger?
Going to get a burger?
 The end of the show.
The end of the show.
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My Row Show Throw