“It’s mostly cotton and organza,” Ashley Olsen said.
“We were thinking of an English garden,” said her sister, Mary-Kate, clutching a paper coffee cup.
The Carlyle Hotel on Monday was a long way from a garden, English or otherwise, and Ashley’s laundry-sounding summation of The Row turned out to be a typical bit of Olsen reserve.
Even if their collection doesn’t deliver the creative blast of some other labels, the Olsens’ perspective on fashion engages, mostly for its separateness. It’s funny: they have won the industry’s highest accolade, they have the respect of retailers, yet their clothes remain beautifully those of outsiders.
They did work with papery white cotton and delicately pleated georgette for airy coats, side-draped trousers and a cool halter tunic in two shades of white. They also showed outfits in khaki, deep red and two tones of navy. But it was the Olsens’ long, lightly layered silhouette that put this collection on a different level. You associate them with long things, but these clothes were far more particular, whether a neat red blazer with a cord tie and long matching skirt or a blue silk-linen dress with a low back that seemed to blend English Regency with Japanese folk.
The spring collections got a kick of energy as other designers also showed longer lengths and pretty volumes. Carolina Herrera could have skipped the girly crepe shorts and jackets in her strong collection, and just focused on her long, dreamy, lightly color-blocked dresses — the best in pearl-pink silk with a scattering of red-flecked embroidery at the neck and hem.
And despite a sooty palette at Theyskens’ Theory and the amount of black leather, Olivier Theyskens’s collection showed more vitality than last season, maybe because he gave real value to just about everything he put out on the runway, from terrific coat dresses to a crinkled blouson top to an over-scaled navy coat with a black leather mini.
尽管Theyskens’ Theory时装大多采取黑色调，大量使用黑色皮革，但奥利维尔·泰斯金斯(Olivier Theyskens)的时装发布会比上季还是更显活力，也许是因为他在走秀中展示的每一款衣服都具有实用性。比如精彩的风衣式连衣裙、一款带褶皱的女式束腰上衣以及一款大号海军风衣配黑色皮质超短裙。
In her fashion, Diane von Furstenberg refers to the plot of her life — princess, yacht-borne gypsy — but it is clever enough to snip away the nostalgia. She served up palazzo pants and draped tunics, repetitively, but it’s the way she used that loose attitude to refresh a suit, in terra cotta crepe with a notched white edge that surprised. Also compelling were new jackets, scooped in front and trimmed with tiny metal beads, and shown with slouchy trousers or silk shorts. And there were hybrids of a vest and soft blouse — a nod to the practical, self-sufficient woman that DVF projects.
黛安·冯芙丝汀宝(Diane von Furstenberg)说自己的人生就是公主与开游艇的吉普赛人，但避免怀旧情结是更聪明的做法。她为本季带来了宽身裤和褶皱宽松上衣。虽说有些累赘，但她正是用这种宽松的态度为服装赋予新的活力，一套陶土色的绉纱服装有着带切痕的白色边缘，颇为令人惊喜。她设计的新款外套也非常迷人，低胸前领，下面缀着小小的金属珠子，下面配着慵懒的长裤或丝绸短裤。此外还有马甲与柔软宽松上衣的混搭，充分符合DVF品牌塑造的讲求实际、自立自主的女人形象。
Beyond the Google glasses Ms. von Furstenberg had on her runway, technology has also give designers freedom to combine disparate elements, through bonding, laser-cutting, photo printing. Derek Lam and Thakoon Panichgul employed some of those techniques in their very grown-up collections.
冯芙丝汀宝女士戴着Google智能眼镜出席了自己的走秀。技术的进步让设计师们可以自由自在地把各种完全不同的设计元素通过黏结、激光切割和照片印刷结合在一起。德里克·林(Derek Lam)和塔库恩·帕尼克歌尔(Thakoon Panichgul)在他们的成人时装系列上就采用了这样一些技术。
But even more striking was a quiet insistence of feminine shapes. Mr. Panichgul’s opening number, a strapless dress in white silk duchess, followed the curves of some erotic birdcage, enhanced by a birdcage print. The dress was gorgeous. Gentleness pervaded the collection, as well as self-assurance, with hummingbirds and flowers embroidered on shifts and poplin chemises with collage fronts.
Mr. Lam’s woman seems to have her nose in an old-fashioned book. Which is hardly a demerit, but it does convey a healthy distance from fashion. That feels right at the moment. I couldn’t decide if Mr. Lam’s many knee-length skirts were meant to be awkward. In the end, I decided to admire the difference they cut.
Also strong was a slim sleeveless dress in a leafy mixture of green and brown madras (who uses madras today?), a puffy white cotton pullover that was a nice departure from a flat T-shirt, and slim dresses and tops made of three layers of contrasting meshlike lace. Mr. Lam’s colors are wonderfully strange: spruce with icy gray, marigold with azure blue. Again, this is part of the fashion territory that he has wisely staked as his own.