The Row Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear

The Row Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear

Many American designers are pushing back their fall 2021 collections, whether because of COVID-19-related production issues or the desire to align more closely with shipping dates. The Row’s Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen are releasing theirs early—we’re still half a month out from the official start date of New York Fashion Week. The advance arrival of these images comes down to their men’s collection, which they’re showing side by side with women’s for the first time. The men’s season in Milan and Paris has just wrapped.

Going forward, the Olsens plan to present the collections together twice a year, in January and June. This makes particular sense for the label: Both the women’s and men’s collections are rooted in minimal tailoring and they share materials across them; these include the double-felted wool of outerwear, wool flannel for suits, and a textural knit that they call fur cashmere, all of them subtly luxurious.

Their fall suiting is strong across both genders. The women’s jackets come with removable shoulder pads, as does a mock-neck, midi-length cashmere dress. Alongside the tailoring, they showed wrapped shapes, emphasizing comfort and warmth. A male model looks practically cocooned in a three-piece fur cashmere set. Amid the oversized proportions and the swaddled forms, a button-down with short three-quarter-length sleeves worn with washed linen wool pants that taper at the ankles stands out.

On the accessories front sturdy burnished-leather rain boots in a range of lengths look like top sellers in the making. They’ve also added a nylon tote to their handbag offering. Comfort and practicality have become important talking points in the last year as the pandemic has impacted the industry in so many ways. The Olsens are taking on those conversations—and the one about collection timing, too—but they’re doing so in their usual unflappable way.

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