The Row F/W 2014
Celebrity helmed fashion labels are a tricky subject. They are criticized — and rightfully so — for skipping the years of creative and financial struggle that is considered the right of passage for many young designers. Unlike their contemporaries, celebs starts their labels with with healthy amount of financial backing and are often powered by an anonymous dream team, veterans in the industry that know what it takes to run a luxury label. For example, it’s been rumoured that Roland Mouret served as a creative consultant for the inaugural Victoria Beckham collection. I’m not sure how much Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen are involved with daily design studio operations, but they certainly passed the point where we question their legitimacy as fashion designers. The Row is a great luxury label.
(Let’s not forget that when Diane von Fürstenberg started her label in 1970, she did so as a famous socialite with a $30,000 investment, which would be around $185,000 today and a lot more than an average design startup.)
I can, without a doubt, say that The Row presented my favourite collection from New York Fashion Week. It’s the type of collection I can look at over and over again, and never tire. The luxurious fabrics make me wish I could A-Ha my way into the computer screen — yes, that was a “Take On Me” reference. Maybe living in the Polar Vortex for what seems like forever is making me slightly biased towards blanket-y comfort, but it’s basically how I want to dress this winter, next winter, every winter.
Images courtesy of style.com.