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.

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