Like any emerging collection, it takes time to find the right voice, one that customers respond to that still feels true to the designers. Over the last few seasons Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have discovered that the Elizabeth and James girl craves ease, so that’s just what the designers delivered for spring.

“Women work, so it’s about day-to-night dressing,” said Mary-Kate at the intimate presentation in the Garment District.

There was soft suiting, a navy crepe single-button jacket worn with elastic bottom pants (a highlight) and the season’s requisite mesh, the Olsens’ version done in soft white jersey and shown as a sweatshirt-and-midiskirt combo.

There were also plays on proportion via cropped tops and oversize bottoms, while some of their best-selling bags got sized down into mini versions.

Like any emerging collection, it takes time to find the right voice, one that customers respond to that still feels true to the designers. Over the last few seasons Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have discovered that the Elizabeth and James girl craves ease, so that’s just what the designers delivered for spring.


“Women work, so it’s about day-to-night dressing,” said Mary-Kate at the intimate presentation in the Garment District.

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