First Look: Elizabeth and James TEXTILE Spring 2011

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's recently-launched TEXTILE line for Elizabeth & James was a splendid offering of breezy pieces in luxuriously-soft fabrics that showed off the designers' meticulous attention to detail.

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Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's recently-launched TEXTILE line for Elizabeth & James was a splendid offering of breezy pieces in luxuriously-soft fabrics that showed off the designers' meticulous attention to detail.

The line's densely woven, drapey silk pants, camisoles and over-sized tops resemble lounge wear, but in a weight more appropriate for the street.
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Light floral prints sprinkled on even lighter cotton poplin will surely take us through the spring and summer.
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One of the line's pinnacle pieces, the crocheted pullover personifies all our wardrobe wishes in one chic, throw-on-and-go piece. The vibes are definitely retro, but look closely, and the craftsmanship isn't something you just find in a thrift store.
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The easy basics not only come with a decidedly hippie bent, but the fabrics are amazingly soft.
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TEXTILE mens' apparel follows the same classic-cool philosophy, with a focus on fabrics and fit—and certainly not limited to just boys.
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Chinos! One might hesitate at what has come to represent an oft-dowdy everyday staple, but the Elizabeth and James TEXTILE take on the pant is delightfully preppy and just cool enough. Seen here in Nantucket red, other muted neutrals abound.
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New to the TEXTILE family for spring 2011 are sunglasses. Given Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's penchant for the face-blocking accessory, we are not surprised to see that they're downright rad. As it happens, they're unisex--both boys and girls can unite in their admiration for uber-hip styles both retro and futuristic.
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Shoes represent an equally strong accessory for Elizabeth and James, and the newest line includes both earthy-crunchy moc flats, sandals and the signature serious pump in various fashion-forward forms.
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The TEXTILE goods provide the perfect dress-down complement to the rest of the label's slightly crisper items. As usual, the core line of precisely tailored suiting and classic shapes in sleek-but-luxe fabrics will lead the charge.
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