There once lived two sisters, born of the same magical egg, an egg which once belonged to the most powerful sorcerer in the kingdom. That sorcerer made a deal with the devil, and lost — and damned his magical egg daughters to a life of eternal opposition. Where one would have two names the other would go by just a singular moniker. Where one would date only sly young douchebags, the other would canoodle with the brothers of French presidents. And though they might come together over their shared love of pizza, the sisters Ashley and Mary-Kate were destined to always be torn asunder: One would represent the night, the other the light of day. Or something!
Between Mary-Kate‘s bag-lady hippie style, Ashley’s newfound sophistication, and those fun-in-a-traumatic-way memories of the Tanner twins, it’s kind of hard to think of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as legitimate, serious designers. Perhaps that’s why we’ve more or less ignored The Row since its launch a few seasons ago. But, all of a sudden, every big fashion person and their mother, from New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn to Barney’s New York director Julie Gilhart, can’t sing The Row’s praises loudly enough. So we’re finally listening. And kicking ourselves for being dismissive for so long.
We browsed The Row’s early fall offerings on Barney’s site and, though pricey, we now understand why everyone’s saying their sales will jump 30 percent this season. Check out a few of their classic-cool best pieces after the jump. Could they actually be celeb designers that we’d want to encourage? Keep reading »