Those Olsen twins sure know how to put on a show. In an Upper East Side townhouse decorated with antiques — not to mention scented candles, roaring fireplaces, giant vases of cherry blossoms, and silver platters of tiny macarons — the recent CFDA winners presented a Fall 2013 lineup for The Row that was so stunning, it caused more than one first-time attendee to sigh "now I get it" upon leaving.
Which is actually a pretty understandable thing, because the pieces the Olsens make are so subtle in their beauty that they have to be seen up close to be believed. The duo developed their own fabrics for the season, and by keeping the lines of their Eastern-tinged wrap jackets, kimono coats, and origami dresses structured and clean, those gorgeous fabrics could really shine. One seemingly simple ankle-length surplice dress with a built-in foulard, for example, became intoxicating upon closer inspection thanks to the subtle shimmer of its silk "vine" jacquard, while a V-neck top with wide, three-quarter-length sleeves was irresistible due to its impeccable geometric silk-wool cloque weave.