The Row have presented their Pre-fall 2014 Collection using Linda Roden as one of their models which is utterly refreshing – it’s about time sophistication was used to sell to the sophisticated.


In the larger scheme of things it represents a pee in the Pacific. But it’s something.



Just a shame the Collection itself is so harmless and she has so little to work with  – it doesn’t shout, doesn’t dance, doesn’t impress with ingenue and life.  There’s no seduction or provocation.

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The best thing is this leather skirt.

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But the whole thing could be a Marks and Spencers commercial.

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So different to the Karen Walker campaign above and below.  Style and colour is so much more attractive.


Which shows it’s not youth that makes an impression, but good design.

Laters, Kate x


  1. redlipstickmama

    Exactly ! I want to see inspiration for my older self rather than think ‘oh I like this cut but it apparently is for 17 year old girls’. It s also about realism for Christ’s sake. Considering The Row’s price tag, are we supposed to believe that pre teens are really their core customers? Hope Burberry sees this ….

  2. Fashion Mayann

    Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen don’t follow the trends and have found a great icon to personify their timeless elegance ! It’s a shame that it’s not as flamboyant as Karen Walker’s campaign though ! xxxxx

  3. Alexa Jean

    Beautifully simple shots but I agree the collection looks rather mundane and there is little for Linda Roden to work with. It needs a few statement pieces and definitely lacks colour. She still looks fabulous!

  4. jackiemallon

    Agreed! She is all I see. The clothes are anonymous, won’t remember them after I press Post Comment. It should be an offense to remove all the color from Linda Rodin’s universe!

  5. Laura Lynn

    I absolutely LOVE this collection and I’d buy every piece and stop shopping for the rest of my life. Linda Rodin is drop dead gorgeous, always has been, and she looks lovely in colours and prints (LOVE those sunglasses) but the leather? The wools? The cuts? Just perfect! I’m a fan!

      • Laura Lynn

        I just love how understated and classic it all is. I just realized that The Row was the Olsen girls line. And Valentino’s 2014, with the owls?, fabulous too. But also very quiet. I wonder if it isn’t time to add some colour to my closet – and maybe my hair?

      • Maison Bentley Style

        Go for it!! I’m seeing pink – for the hair!! For me the Valentino just had that touch of magic..the last dress couldn’t have been simpler..but it radiated quality and class. Maybe it’s that quiet line between and trained designer and aspiring ones…

  6. The Fashion Huntress

    Wow- this one is leaving me a little speechless. I’m just totally enamored! I think the looks are perfectly simple and styled well, but show how great the designs are- I also love how they featured such an elegant woman instead of the “traditional” model. LOVE!

  7. Andrea W Designs

    She is a great model, for me is like she is a different person/character in each photo; of the collection I like the leather jacket, and the tailoring of the jackets are exquisite.

  8. happyface313

    I love the two “colorful” pictures of the lady and the style – she looks good in it.
    In the top pictures the fashion makes her look dull and old = sophistication? I don’t think so.
    Have a great evening 🙂

  9. KerryCan

    I actually really like the dark, traditional clothes–but I know nothing about staying up to date. I think using Rodin as model is fab!

  10. fashionassist

    Hats off to The Olsen’s for using Linda Rodin–she totally personifies timeless style + elegance…
    and agree the collection is somewhat understated visually, but most likely a dream to touch…
    and adore how Arno Frugier has captured this mix of somber simplicity with softness in his photos…
    absolutely beautiful and very compelling–I find them all quite stunning!! ~xo

  11. dievca

    Actually, I love the leather Trench and the Cocoon Coat with the turtleneck. And, I do love that final photo. My Mum dressed to the nines while I was growing up. She’s burned out a bit at 80+, but I know her size, I send her items from the City and she looks smokin’ — plus I know that she feels good with a fresh look. I do have to say that I test drive the shoes before I send them, I worry about her balance, XO

    • Maison Bentley Style

      I LOVE that final photo..Karen Walker just got it so right. I miss that vitality from The Row pictures..even a bright coloured lipstick or a bright colour on the sunnies could’ve made all the difference.. xxx