Monday Muse: Noguchi Inspires The Row Fall 2018

The Row fall 2018

The Row fall 2018

It’s not uncommon for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen to cite architecture, sculpture and art as inspiration. While other designers turn to pop culture or more of-the-moment starting points, the designers behind the Row are known for more cerebral fare. So, it wasn’t surprising that a line known for timeless pieces went looked to Isamu Noguchi for fall 2018. The Olsens even brought in a slew of rarely seen pieces by the artist for the presentation, which reflected the blend of organic shapes and graphic impact that the sculptor is know for.

The designers showed a bevy of voluminous shapes, including billowing trenches, very wide-legged pants and chunky knits that cut a show-stopping, graphic line. Many of the pieces were jet black, though there were injections of khaki, gray, and white. When taken alongside the sculptures, each look had a serene and calm air—a stark contrast to the manic energy on other runways.

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The Row fall 2018

The Row fall 2018

Many see the Olsen’s clothes as boring, but taking in details such as the sheen of a bathrobe coat or the huge knit of a sweater shows that the power duo are conscious of creating special clothes. Unhampered by the prevailing trends, the Row has managed to keep its vision of unfussy dressing and ultra-luxe fabrications. Vogue notes that the brand should find itself on even surer footing this year. With the departure of Phoebe Philo at Céline, many fashion refugees may find themselves perusing the Row’s selection of tailored pieces and uncomplicated staples.

The twins showed their more mature leanings in fabric manipulation. A floor-sweeping velvet skirt was slashed and delicate pleats ran the length of another. It was quiet, but powerful. Given the high prices, the Olsens justify their position in the market with the staunch commitment to quality and timelessness. Buy anything from the row and it’ll be with you for life. And when the clothes look like this, you won’t mind it one bit.

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Author:Christopher Luu

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.