Robert Lee Morris for Elizabeth and James Jewelry
The relationship between the fashion prodigies and the industry insider (Morris has worked with many notable designers including Karl Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, and Donna Karan) began last June, when the Sisters Olsen saw a video featuring MorrisÂ' work during a rehearsal for their CFDA Fashion Awards presentation. The pair flipped for his innovative style and artistic sensibilities and Ashley ended up wearing one of MorrisÂ' cuffs to the event. The borrowed bracelet led to a meeting and post tÃªte-Ã -tÃªte, the girls and the jewelry gent quickly began working on a full line of earrings, rings, necklaces, and, of course, bracelets.
The jewelry collaborationÂ--formally known as Robert Lee Morris for Elizabeth and JamesÂ--debuts this season with 42 different pieces, most of which are available in both brushed silver and antiqued brass. Much like E and J clothing, there are edgier items (like the Dagger Necklace) as well as new classics (like the Bold Silver Cuff). In the spirit of Mary-Kate and AshleyÂ's own personal style, many pieces in the collection are customizable and allow for interpretive wearing. To wit, the Chain Necklaces, which are also available in turquoise and red coral, can easily be wrapped around a wrist instead of a neck, and personalized with a snake or scarab charm or two.
We pulled some of our favorite bits and baubles from the collection for todayÂ's story and were amused to learn that many of our selections are also dear to the designersÂ' hearts. Word is that Mary-Kate likes to wear a single Dangle Cross Earring ($175), the Dagger Necklace ($525), and all the serpentine pieces, while AshleyÂ's keen on the Bold Silver Cuff ($525) and turning various Chain Necklaces ($395-$495) into one-of-a-kind bracelets. As for your editors, weÂ're in agreement with all of the above, but also have a fondness for the Snake Ring ($155) and wouldnÂ't mind a Plus Cuff ($350) or twoÂ--though weÂ're pretty much interested in the whole range! Of course, thatÂ's the whole problem with the Robert Lee Morris for Elizabeth and James collaboration: what in the world will we buy first?