Elizabeth and James Go French for Spring

Elizabeth and James, just one of the clothing lines under the direction and ownership of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, has released a Spring look book. The looks are decidedly French and range from feminine to bohemian. Marking this new line are nautical stripes, nude tones, voluminous coats and dresses, and shorts galore. Many of the images from the new look book also include sunglasses, a new addition to the Elizabeth and James line.

One of the most dramatic elements of this new Spring line is the duster coat. In the upper body of the garment the lapels are rather relaxed. Down near the knees and extending to the ankles, however, are eyelets which create a very feminine look. This garment is basically a pillar of fabric which is marked with a few understated, genius details.

A bit surprising is look number 10 from the Spring look book. This look includes an ivory pleated mini skirt that is fresh, and could be a good addition to many wardrobes. The powder pink pullover that it is styled with, however, seems to be a mistake. Even on the model it looks slouchy, boxy, and ill-fitting. The Olsen twins are known for their ability to glam up the slouch look, but they seem to have failed in this sweater.

Lovely slouchiness can be found, however, in the Malcolm shirt from look number 22, the Blair top from look number 12, and the Trish dress from look number 8. The Salvia dress is an especially lovely example of feminine slouchiness. This breathy dress with a drop waist is fabricated in a lovely tone that refuses to decide if it is nude or pink.

For the most part, the new Elizabeth and James line seems to be full of hits. There are just a few misses. The Folsom glasses, for example, look as though they are a misplaced element from a Harry Potter costume.

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About Ashley Olsen

Ashley Fuller Olsen (born June 13, 1986) is an American actress, fashion designer, producer, author, and businesswoman. She co-founded luxury fashion brands The Row, Elizabeth and James, and the more affordable lines Olsenboye and StyleMint with her twin sister Mary-Kate Olsen.

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About Mary-Kate Olsen

Mary-Kate Olsen (born June 13, 1986) is an American actress, fashion designer, producer, author, and businesswoman. She co-founded luxury fashion brands The Row, Elizabeth and James, and the more affordable lines Olsenboye and StyleMint alongside her twin sister Ashley Olsen. Olsen pursued acting independently as an adult until 2012.

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