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Mary Kate Olsen in Jacob and Co.

A polished Mary-Kate Olsen glowed last week at the CFDA’s Seventh on Sale Gala, in a Giambattista Valli mini-dress, a fabulous pair of platform pumps and clad in Jacob and Co. jewelry. Any guesses how much the jewels that adorned Mary-Kate are worth? See after the jump for the grand total.

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen open debut flagship The Row store

Ladies and gentlemen, we have very exciting news: The Row is getting its first flagship store in LA, and as you can imagine, it’s pretty amazing! Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s debut flagship store for their award-winning clothing line The Row can be found in a chic little spot on Melrose Place, but it’s not just any old spot. The exact location is where a hair salon used to be –the exact hair salon where the twins used to get their hair cut and styled when they were teenagers. How’s that for a nice and personal touch? ‘We’ve always wanted our own store; it’s always been part of the plan,” Mary-Kate said. “It was a toss-up between New York and LA., and when this space became available, we jumped on it.” “’What’s more important to talk about is that every step is really imperative to the brand and we don’t like to do everything at once,” Ashley added. “We’ll get into e-commerce sooner than later, but we want to make sure we do this right first. We will get into shoes in the next year. And hopefully mens. To us it’s really about a lifestyle, and I think this store is a great starting-off point to express where we are going.” Men and shoes in the not so distant future? We don’t think we’ve ever been this excited on a Monday morning! If you’re planning on giving the girls’ flagship store a visit, we suggest taking your bikini along with you, as the store has its very own swimming pool. We kid you not! [Grazia]

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen discuss their new fragrance with Ellen

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen made a very rare talk show appearance the other day, as they headed to The Ellen Show to discuss all things fragrance. We told you at the end of last year that the actors cum designers would be releasing not one but two fragrances under their Elizabeth and James line, and would be targeting them both towards their older fans as opposed to teens and young adults. Mary-Kate and Ashley discuss their joint fragrances Nirvana Black and Nirvana White with Ellen – similar scents with a few subtle yet distinctive differences – which epitomise their brand and the twins themselves perfectly. They also have a bit of fun in their interview too, playing a twin version of Mr and Mrs… not to be missed! Watch the video below for a bit of light-hearted fun this Monday morning.  

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen individually cover Allure’s December issue

A photographer could have a field day with a set of twins on a cover shoot, but Peter Lindbergh decided to shoot Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen individually for the cover of Allure magazine’s December issue. Then again we, the readers and consumers, get two gorgeous covers instead of one, so we guess the guys at Allure knew what they were doing all along. The twins do pose together in some of the editorial pictures though, just to prove that they didn’t pull the old switcheroo that we always imagine twins sometimes do for a laugh. They also open up about a number of topics, including people’s false assumptions about them… “I think people looked at us with the perception of ‘Oh, you just have everything. You can do whatever’,” Mary-Kate told the mag. “Strangers assumed we had enough money to just do nothing-or why would we go to college? And it’s such an uneducated perspective! You still have to grow within business. You have to take a chance.” And take chances they did. Would we have The Row and Elizabeth and James if they didn’t take chances? Would they have won the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year prize? Probably not! We love the Olsen twins, and will definitely be buying both covers of December’s Allure when it’s out on November 19th.

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen to release two fragrances

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will be releasing not one, but two fragrances at the beginning of next year – but unlike their previous scents that have been aimed at their younger fans, they will cater to an adult audience. Finally! The Olsen twins will be releasing Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black and Nirvana White, and the fragrances will be coming exclusively to Sephora in January. “Our brand is based on duality and this seemed the perfect way for us to explore that with a new customer at Sephora,” Mary-Kate Olsen explained. “We’ve been through this process in some ways before, but never to the extent of the process we ended up going through for this. “I’m more into oils, and that’s actually why it took so long to develop the fragrance. We didn’t want to just do another perfume. We wanted it to be able to sit on your skin like an oil, and to wear like an oil and to have that intimacy of how it becomes a part of you.” Sounds seductive! The twins have reportedly been working on the fragrances for over two years, so we have every faith that the finished products will smell gorgeous. If only they were released a month earlier… it would sure make Christmas shopping easier! [Coco Perez] 

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen talk “anonymity” in The Edit

“Modern Classics”, it says on the latest cover of Net a Porter’s The Edit mag. And we think that’s the perfect phrase to describe cover stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. We couldn’t think of a better phrase for the young designers and businesswomen. The Olsen twins keep it strictly professional, mainly posing for Miguel Riveriego’s camera in pieces from their The Row clothing line and talking all things fashion in the accompanying interview. “Anonymity is a word we talk about all the time — in life and in clothes,” Ashley said. “We saw a space in the market. We knew there wasn’t another brand offering basics in a luxurious and contemporary way. “If I wear certain designer brands, or too much of something, I look crazy, and I need something to break it up. If you are wearing a Chanel jacket and you need an anonymous piece that will show just how special that jacket is, I hope that is what The Row gives you.” That’s definitely something The Row has mastered over the years, but at the same time, we don’t think people would mind being dressed head-to-toe in The Row either. Click here to check out the rest of the interview and see more pics from the shoot.

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen expand fashion empire with BeachMint stake

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen already have a pretty large bank account thanks to their numerous fashion projects including The Row and Elizabeth and James, but that doesn’t mean they’re stopping there. The Olsen twins, who if you may remember won the 2012 CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award, are expanding their fashion empire as they have just purchased a small stake in Beachmint, the company they co-founded back in 2011. California-based e-commerce company Beachmint.com covers the very popular JewelMint, IntiMint, ShoeMint, BeautyMint, HomeMint and StyleMint. “In our expanded roles as co-chairs of the advisory board, Ashley and I will work closely with BeachMint’s management team in this strategic phase of growth to establish the Mint brands as the leading online destination for all things fashion,” Mary-Kate said. We look forward to seeing what’s in store under the Beachmint umbrella! [WWD]

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Who will steal Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s crown at the CFDA Awards this year?

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen scooped the most coveted prize at the CFDA Awards last year – Womenswear Designer of the Year – for their The Row clothing line. So who has the Council of Fashion Designers in America nominated to take their crown in 2013, you ask? Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, and Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler are all up for the prestigious award, while Steven Cox & Daniel Silver for Duckie Brown, Michael Bastian, and Thom Browne are up for the Menswear Designer of the Year prize. It’s going to be a busy night for Alexander Wang and the Proenza Schouler boys, as they are also up for the Accessory Designer of the Year award too. Phillip Lim for 3.1 Phillip Lim is also in their category… going to be a tough one to call we reckon! We may not know who will receive the aforementioned prizes, but a few of the big winners have already been revealed. Vera Wang is set to receive the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, while Riccardo Tisci will get the International Award for his “outstanding contribution to the world of fashion”. Oscar de la Renta will be honoured with the prestigious Founders Award. Congrats, guys! Who’s your money on for Womenswear Designer of the Year? And didn’t the Olsen twins look great at the nomination event by the way? [Telegraph] 

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen add bags to their Elizabeth and James line!

Can we get a Hallelujah? Praise the fashion-gods because it’s now become a lot easier to own a bag designed by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, as the twins have added arm candy to their more affordable Elizabeth and James line. Although Elizabeth and James isn’t competing with the high street as far as prices are concerned, we reckon a good £600 on a bag is something a lot more fashionistas can get on board with, don’t you? “We wanted the price point to be strong, the price point is below Alexander Wang and Phillip Lim but above Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch,” MK told WWD. As much as we love the stunning bags in the twins’ The Row clothing collection, we think everyone will agree that a backpack priced at just under £35,000 isn’t the most accessible and affordable of luxury fashionable items. And from the sneaky pic of the bags below, it looks like there are some pretty special items in the new Elizabeth and James line that we wouldn’t mind saving up for… [Grazia] 

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen honoured at WSJ Innovator of the Year

Huge congratulations to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen this morning, as the twins were honoured at the WSJ Innovator of the Year Awards which were held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York last night. The 26-year-old child stars turned fashion designers picked up the Innovator of the Year prize in the ‘Fashion’ category for having “an eye for nearly monastic classicism that’s redefining American luxury”. The award was presented to them by film producer Jane Rosenthal. The event was also attended by a host of other fashionable presences, including Anna Wintour who presented the ‘Design’ award to the multi-talented Patrick Kinmonth. We’re glad the Olsen twins stayed true to their signature – albeit sometimes questionable – personal sartorial styles too, as they wore dark, loose-fitting garments teamed with bags from their award-winning The Row clothing line. Very worthy winners if you ask us!

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Rachel Zoe is a fan of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s $17,000 fur bag (PETA however, is not)

A few days ago, the blogosphere blew up when it emerged that Jessica Biel used her $39,000 The Row backpack as a casual beach bag. Of all the places you don’t wanna get sand, that piece of back candy should always be top of the list! However, now it looks like another backpack from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s award-winning clothing line has got people talking. Celeb stylist Rachel Zoe took to her website to rave about how much she loved the multi patchwork fur backpack (which also comes in black shiny calf skin, slate shiny alligator and black alligator) and reportedly retails for just under $17,000. Not everyone shares Rachel Zoe’s love for the bag though – PETA has once again hit out at the Olsen twins for their use of fur… “If it looks like a troll and acts like a troll, it’s probably a Trollsen Twin — or someone wearing one of their new $16,000 totes, which are made from the fur and skins of innocent animals,” a spokesperson for PETA told Gossip Cop. “What the Olsens lack in creativity, they try to make up for in shock value. Sadly, it’s the foxes, calves, and alligators — who often have the fur ripped off them while they are still conscious and able to feel pain — who pay the dearest price.” Yikes! Time for you guys to weigh in…

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Get Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s StyleMint collection from StylistPick TODAY!

Do you live in the UK? Are you a huge fan of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s fashion lines? If you answered “yes” to both these questions, then we have a treat for you this morning. For the first time ever, you can get your paws on the Olsen twins’ StyleMint collection exclusively through the wonderful online shopping haven that is StylistPick. There are lots of fun, flirty, summer-appropriate and best of all, top quality items to choose from, including t-shirts, dresses and skirts. We are particular fans of the mullet style skirts… too cool! The celebs love draping themselves in an Olsen creation or two – Rachel Bilson, Dakota Fanning and Emma Roberts are just a few of the twins’ famous fans. Head to the website now to check out the full collection and nab yourself a treat.

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The Row by Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen

If you haven’t already heard, those budding fashionistas, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have launched a line for the higher end of the market called The Row. Check out the video below for a preview of the collection which basically screams “this is a line that can carry you from casual day to glam night”. Not bad for their first attempt at tackling high end. Anyone against the use of fur should probably not watch!

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Elizabeth Olsen covers Marie Claire UK June in Miu Miu

We featured her older sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley just a few days ago (they were talking about their new fragrance with Ellen DeGeneres) but today it’s all about Elizabeth Olsen. The gorgeous actress is Marie Claire UK’s June cover star, shot beautifully by David Roemer and firmly getting us into the spring/summer spirit thanks to a very apt floral Miu Miu dress and a killer smile. As well as posing in hot designer threads from Lanvin to Carven, she opens up to the mag about family, feminism, and most interestingly of all, who she had plastered on her bedroom wall. (Hint: it’s probably not who you think!) “I never had a heart-throb or a band I loved, but I had Michelle Pfeiffer, so I tried to copy what my friends would do and had magazine pictures cut out in frames,” she said. “She  was the reason I wanted to be an actor.” And there we were thinking Elizabeth – or Lizzie as she prefers to be known – caught the acting bug from her famous sisters. You can read more interesting revelations in Marie Claire UK’s June issue, out today!

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Ashely Olsen becomes CFDA board member

Congratulations to Ashley Olsen, as it’s just been announced that the 26-year-old The Row and Elizabeth & James designer will become a member on the board of the prestigious The Council of Fashion Designers of America. Or CFDA if that’s a bit of a mouthful. Ashley Olsen is joined in her shiny new job by Deborah Lloyd, the president and chief creative officer of Kate Spade NY, and fashion designer Prabul Gurung. The trio are replacing Yeohlee Teng, Kenneth Cole and Isabel Toledo, who now assume Emeritus Board Member status. The Olsen twins have usually come in pairs for most of their 26 years, so it’s a bit strange for Ashley not to have Mary-Kate by her side. The reason for her sister’s absence is currently unknown, but we’re hoping all will be revealed in due course. For now, let’s say a big congrats to Ashley on her wonderful new title! We can’t wait to see her in action! [WWD] 

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Top stories this week: Gwyneth Paltrow and Michael Kors collaborate, Kate Moss returns to Topshop & more

Kate Moss is back for Topshop It’s been a been week for collaborations; the week kicked off with the news that Kate Moss will be resuming her designing position at Topshop! Read more here! Gwyneth Paltrow and Michael Kors collaborate Gwyneth Paltrow and Michael Kors have teamed up for a wonderful Christmas collaboration that’s going to land on Gwyneth’s Goop site! Read more here! M.I.A for Versus Versace Rumours have been rife for a long time, but it was finally confirmed that M.I.A will be launching an exclusive collection with Versus Versace. Read more here! Personalised shopping at Heathrow! Say hello to personalised luxury shopping at the airport as a personal shopping service is coming to Heathrow Airport – the first of its kind, don’tcha know! Read more here! Olsen Twins expand fashion business Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are expanding their fashion empire, and have bought a stake in BeachMint – the company they cofounded a few years ago! Read more here! Miranda Kerr sparkles for Swarovski Miranda Kerr has been tapped as the newest face of Swarovski, and can be seen dazzling and sparkling in the brand new ad campaign! Read more here! Net a Porter’s new owners? Rumour has it that Net a Porter might be for sale, but who might the new owners be? Read more here!

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The Olsen twins and Alexander Wang among Forbes’ Brightest Fashion Stars

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are never far from a Forbes list at the end of each year, as the twin sisters who started out as child actresses have made themselves a nice little fortune (putting it lightly) with their business empire – a lot of which has been in fashion. Therefore it doesn’t surprise us to learn that they have been named in the Forbes ‘Top 30 Under 30 brightest fashion and art stars of 2012’ list. Congrats girls, well deserved as always. And now onto someone else who has had a pretty epic year in fashion himself… Alexander Wang. The list wouldn’t really have been complete without the designer who has been chosen to take over and potentially revamp Balenciaga would it? Forbes didn’t just celebrate all things fashion though, as former About a Boy and Skins actor Nicholas Hoult, and young actress Chloe Moretz were named as ones to watch, while singers such as Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, our very own Adele, and even the One Direction boys were name-checked in the ‘music world’s brightest young stars’ category. Click here to check out all the people who were recognised for their great  achievements this year. Is there anyone you think was left out? Let us know!

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Top stories this week: Li-Lo and Terry Richardson cause controversy, Dolce and Gabbana goes Couture and the Olsen twins offend PETA

Lindsay Lohan poses with a gun to her head (again!)  Lindsay Lohan has once again posed with a gun to her head (and against her throat) only this time it’s for Terry Richardson! Read more here!  Dolce and Gabbana goes Couture The Dolce and Gabbana boys are branching out into the world of Couture, and will be showing their debut collection to a small group of people in Sicily on July 9th. Read more here!  Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen offend PETA Once again, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have enraged PETA (and quite a few MFL readers), this time with their $17K multi patchwork fur backpack from The Row.  Read more here! Daphne Guinness raises nearly £500K The Daphne Guinness auction at Christies raised nearly £500,000 for the Isabella Blow Foundation, with a lot of bids coming from the one and only Lady Gaga! Read more here! How much did the Duchess of Cambridge spend on her wardrobe this year? This week, it was revealed (by Prince Charles, no less) that Kate Middleton reportedly spent £35,000 on clothes this year already. Read more here!   Lily Aldridge gives birth Victoria’s Secret Angel Lily Aldridge has become a mummy for the first time, giving birth to a gorgeous little girl called Dixie Pearl. Read more here!  

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Bright young things, those Olsen twins

Quietly, patiently, and super-stylishly, the world’s most famous twins took home the most coveted award in the fashion industry. That’s right. The doe-eyed, visually alike, stylistic pole opposites, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen walked away with the Womenswear Designer of the Year award for their luxury label, The Row, at the CFDA awards earlier this week, beating fashion behemoths the likes of Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler to the prestigious accolade. They are the very 25-year-old twins, who first stepped into the limelight on the ABC sitcom Full House as babies. With a life that started with baby steps into Hollywood, and an inevitable future of acting, fame and stardom (albeit not such a fashion-centric one back then) awaiting them, the Olsen’s finally chose fashion as the industry that would define them. Their fashionable inclinations were obvious from an early age, thanks to the corny on-screen outfits the girls profess to choosing themselves, right through to their late teens, when they began to develop a more refined-alternative dress sense. In an interview with ELLE magazine, the twins discussed their affinity for modest dressing – something that clearly sets them apart from the thigh-skimming frock fraternity we’re accustomed to. This association with an alternative style has led the twins to become one of the most successful fashion duos out there today. Proud creators of luxury fashion label, The Row (the one that brought us that $39,000 backpack), the creations of which they’re seen in at countless, high profile events (as at this year’s CFDA’s); a more affordable line by the name of Elizabeth and James, alongside Olsenboye (available only in the U.S.) and StyleMint; a site that offers the experience of a personal, virtual stylist, to get you looking Olsen-ready. The win for the Olsen’s at the CFDA’S on Monday night reminded […]

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Top stories this week: Derek Lam leaves Tod’s, Piers Morgan calls Kate Moss “vile” and Johnny Depp will get Fashion Icon CFDA Award

CFDA Awards nominations are in! They’re here! Diane Von Furstenberg announced the nominees and honourees of the CFDA Awards 2012… Johnny Depp will be receiving a Fashion Icon award in June, while Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have gained recognition for their work for The Row after getting a Womenswear Designer of the Year nomination. Read more here!  London Design Museum honours Christian Louboutin  To honour the Christian Louboutin brand turning 20, the London Design Museum is holding a two-month exhibition in honour of the red-soled pieces of foot candy from May 1st until July 9th. Read more here! Derek Lam to leave Tod’s Yet another creative director will be leaving his position… It’s been reported that Derek Lam will be leaving Tod’s after working with the brand for six years, allegedly to focus more of his attention on his eponymous label. Read more here! Piers Morgan rips into Kate Moss Former Britain’s Got Talent judge Piers Morgan ripped into Kate Moss this week, branding her “a vile little creature” and “utterly horrific” among other things. Read more here! Jennifer Lopez covers American Vogue Jenny from the block is photographed by Mario Testino for American Vogue’s April  ‘shape issue’, wearing a stunning red dress from the Bottega Veneta spring/summer 2012 collection.  Read more here!  A mini-Saturday is born! Una Healy from The Saturdays gave birth to a little baby girl this week. She and fiancé Ben Foden decided to give their new arrival a traditional Irish name… Read more here! [Image]

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The Olsen twins unveil jewellery

Believe it or not, it was 2008 when the Olsen’s first set their sights on silver and enlisted the help of jewellery designer Robert Lee Morris to teach them the skill. Two years on and it would seem Mary-Kate and Ashley are finally ready to share the results with us.

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Ashley Olsen in Erdem

As the world sat glued to the screens Sunday evening waiting to scrutinize the stars’ style choices at the Golden Globes, there was one starlet who slipped through fashion’s finger: Ashley Olsen.

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Olsen twins launch a junior line

Oh, is the creative genius of the Olsen twins never ending? After recently revealing they would be expanding their high-end label The Row to include a sunglasses line, Mary-Kate and Ashley have now set their sights on creating a collection for a younger market.

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The Olsen sisters’ sunnies

As the trendiest twins in fashion, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have set trends with their statement eye wear, so we didn’t think it’d be long before the designer duo put their minds to making their own. And would you believe it , news just in is that the pair are teaming up with Linda Farrow to create a collection of sunglasses.

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The Olsen twins… not just a pretty face!

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have been praised by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). The movie-star twins, who run two successful fashion labels, have been admitted to the not-for-profit organisation, which includes over 350 of America’s most renowned clothes and accessories makers, by its president, legendary designer Diane Von Furstenberg. The beauties have been recognised by the prestigious council for their contribution to the US fashion industry with their mid-range Elizabeth and James collection , named after their younger siblings , and their high-fashion, tailored designs for their The Row range. Alongside the 23 year old starlets, designers Alexander Wang, Jason Wu and Chris Benz were also welcomed to the council and praised for their design credentials.

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Mary-Kate unveils new look at Metropolitan Gala

Mary-Kate Olsen stepped out at the Metropolitan Opera’s 125th Anniversary Gala with a shiny new look, and we at MFL love it. Olsen’s tousled locks were set in loose curls and bleached blonde for a neat, Madonna-esque style while her pale skin set against siren-red lips, injected a touch of sultry vamp. The gorgeous maxi-dress echoes Olsen’s previous grungy look, but teamed with minimal accessories, matching scarlet nail polish and a beautiful box clutch, her polished look seems miles from the girl we are used to seeing. Should we expect to see a similar transition from Ashley who was absent from the event?

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The Olsen’s become tailors

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have managed that virtually impossible goal, of being a celeb and creating a successful fashion line. But like other successful celebrities turned designers, such as Victoria Beckham and Gwen Stefani, it is thanks to their unique sense of style. It is of course also helped by distancing themselves from the brand, like Gwen, using a completely unrelated name has lured in unsuspecting fashionistas. And now, thanks to the huge success of The Row, the Olsen’s have decided to launch a menswear line. The name The Row is a perfect fit, as the twins named their brand after Savile Row, which is London’s premium tailoring street, it is therefore a perfect base for a men’s collection. Interestingly, they insist on all their garments being made in America, whilst most turn to Italy or Paris for premium or China for cost, they remain loyal to American industry. “That’s our thing , an American brand made in America. When we looked in the men’s market, we couldn’t really find basics you could wear with designer, explains Ashley. The collection will launch with basics including blazers and trousers, which if the womenswear collection is anything to go by will be wearable with an edge and The Olsens admit to seeking inspiration from other men’s designers such as Tom Ford and male icons like Brad Pitt. There are 35-items in the range, with price tags you would expect from a premium collection. A t-shirt will set you back $230, whilst a cashmere overcoat costs $3,200. The Olsen’s know style, that can’t be disputed, and whilst you may worry that they won’t be capable of tackling the tricky men’s market, having chosen a palette of neutrals suggests they know what they’re doing. But the Olsen’s aren’t the only child stars jumping on […]

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Fashion Fix: Olsen Fashion Offenders…Nicole Richie’s maternity line…Phoebe Philo to comeback?

In touch magazine name Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen top fashion offenders! The mini moguls beat Amy Winehouse and Lindsay Lohan to the spot. [PR Inside] Nicole Richie to launch WWD] Could Phoebe Philo be making a welcome comeback? We really hope so! Apparently the designer is in talks with the label Celine. [Fashion Wire Daily]

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Fragrances: The Olsen Tweens

Mini moguls and queens of the tweens, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have packed a lot into 20 years, achieving more success than most of us would hope to see in a lifetime. This week they were named the highest earning stars under the age of 21, beating Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame and Lindsay Lohan of, well, we’re not sure really. Of course it’s the paparazzi photos of the twins’ perfectly dishevelled hair and artfully mismatched designer accessories that seems to have got them noticed on this side of the pond – but personal style is not all they’ve been turning their hand to of late.

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The Olsen Tweens

Mini moguls and queens of the tweens, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have packed a lot into 20 years, achieving more success than most of us would hope to see in a lifetime. This week they were named the highest earning stars under the age of 21, beating Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame and Lindsay Lohan of, well, we’re not sure really. Of course it’s the paparazzi photos of the twins’ perfectly dishevelled hair and artfully mismatched designer accessories that seems to have got them noticed on this side of the pond – but personal style is not all they’ve been turning their hand to of late.

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Why Is The Row So Expensive?

Have you ever wondered why luxury fashion brands like The Row seem so expensive compared to mainstream brands? The Row (which is Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen’s clothing line), offers minimalist womenswear with astronomical price tags. A simple cotton T-shirt can cost over $300! What makes The Row’s clothing so pricey? The Row is so expensive because of its meticulous design process, exceptionally high-quality materials, ethical American and Italian manufacturing, and exclusive brand prestige. Basically, they limit their inventory, so customers are also paying for the exclusivity of owning a piece by The Row along with the quality and craftsmanship of the product.  Want to know more? Let’s break it down. 1. It’s All About the Materials One big reason Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s clothing line The Row charges so much is because of the materials they use. While mainstream brands use inexpensive cotton, The Row uses the finest fabrics around. We’re talking ultra-soft cashmere, rare silks, and handpicked organic cotton. The Row works with the best mills in Italy and Japan to source these textiles. They only use the highest quality—the softest, rarest, and most durable fabrics. This level of quality comes at a literal cost. 2. Ethical Manufacturing Matters Here’s another factor driving up costs: The Row clothes are ethically made in the USA or Italy. The brand avoids cheap overseas labor. Instead, they work exclusively with ateliers that pay fair wages and ensure safe working conditions. This ethical manufacturing process allows them to oversee quality but results in higher labor costs. In the end, you pay for that artisanal craftsmanship. 3. The Minimalist Aesthetic Commands a Premium The Row is known for its muted color palette and minimalist aesthetic. Their pieces are quietly luxurious. There are no logos plastered all over or flashy trends. Instead, the beauty […]

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Met Ball 2011: worst dressed

The annual Met Costume Institute Gala in New York always attracts the fashionable and fabulous. You’ve already seen our best dressed from last night’s red carpet, but unfortunately, not everyone got it right.  We understand, of course. We get het up about which dress to wear to work each day, let alone what designer gown to don to one of the most prestigious fashion events of the year. Add to that the hefty celebrity competition and hundreds of photographers capturing your every angle… well, you can see why the pressure is too much for some. Here’s our pick of celebs that missed the mark at the Met last night… Stella McCartney Whilst her buddy Madonna rocked one of Stella’s dresses and looked the best she has in years, the designer herself didn’t get it quite right. We love unusual sillohuettes and shapes but Stella’s own design was a bit too quirky for our liking. We love that hairpiece, though.   Jennifer Lopez The Latina lovely is usually a show-stopper on the red carpet, but whilst we love the shape and drapes of her Gucci gown, we felt it was ruined by the flower-embellished sleeves, overcomplicating a beautiful dress. Mary Kate Olsen Famed for her hobo chic, we didn’t exactly expect to see Mary Kate in bodycon sequins but this Givency Haute Couture dress was informal and unflattering. We’d like to see her sexy style circa 2006 return – she’s only 24, after all. Naomi Campbell One word (well, two) – over dramatic, just like the lady herself. It always surprises us when supermodels manage to make themselves look less than perfect but Naomi Campbell managed to look unflattering, haphazard and downright bizarre in her Alexander McQueen gown.

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Matthew Williamson for H&M NY launch party

The Matthew Williamson for H&M buzz continues! While we’re just getting over the last week’s launch of the limited edition womenswear collection, Williamson celebrated the pending launch of the summer collection, which will be the second release from the collaboration, with a star studded bash in Manhattan. Held on a ship, hosts and hostesses were dressed as sailors and Grace Jones entertained guests which included Lucy Liu, Helena Christensen, David Schwimmer and Mary Kate Olsen. (see more pics after the jump)

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Victoria Beckham Tops Blackwells 2007 worst dressed list

All those intent on insisting that Mrs Victoria Beckham has some semblance of a fashion sense will be very disappointed to find out that Mr Blackwell does not agree. In his annual worst-dressed list which is in its 48th year (and which always has us eagerly waiting in anticipation) spared Britney Spears for once and gave “Posh Spice the number one spot for 2007. His reasons, “Forget the fashion spice, wearing a skirt would suffice! In one skinny-mini monstrosity after another, pouty posh can really wreck-em,” Amy Winehouse came in at number 2 for being a “50’s carhop horror” and Mary-Kate Olsen at number 3 because she “resembles a tattered toothpick-trapped in a hurricane.” Ooh SO harsh! Here’s the list in full…

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29 Classic Old Money Clothing Brands To Suit All Budgets

What exactly is the old money aesthetic? Think of East Coast country clubs, Ivy League campuses, and European royalty. The old money aesthetic also known as quiet luxury look values quality over quantity, focusing on timeless over trendy. Neutral palettes, tailored silhouettes, and natural fabrics define the style. Pieces get handed down for generations. Dressing with old money panache used to require a hefty trust fund. But today you can find that sophisticated style at all price points. We’ve curated a list of classic labels that offer high-quality, durable pieces that never go out of style. Best of all, we have options across every budget. 29 Best Old Money Clothing Brands 1. Jil Sander German designer Jil Sander’s eponymous brand focuses on luxurious minimalism. Her clothes feature clean lines, neutral hues, and premium fabrics. Jil Sander comes in lower than some other luxury fashion houses, when it come to price. Look out for end-of-season sales on their elegant basics. A Jil Sander turtleneck or coat makes for quiet, refined style statements. 2. Chanel Synonymous with elegance, Chanel transcends trends. Their iconic tweed jackets and Little Black Dresses are timeless. Chanel uses luxe fabrics like cashmere and silk. While very expensive, Chanel pieces are worth the investment. They’ll stay in style forever. 3. Hermès Understated and exclusive, Hermès represents the pinnacle of luxury. From silk scarves to leather bags, their craftsmanship is unparalleled. Hermès invented the Kelly bag and Birkin bag, both ultimate old money status symbols. Their equestrian roots influence much of the brand’s aesthetic. 4. Lemaire Minimalist French brand Lemaire was founded in 2014 by Christophe Lemaire and Sarah-Linh Tran. Their clothes feature muted palettes, fluid silhouettes, and seamless layering. Models often wear Lemaire in their off duty looks. Not the most budget-friendly, Lemaire’s pieces exemplify modern elegance. Invest […]

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20 Secretly Expensive Brands That Look Deceptively Simple

When it comes to fashion, some brands just scream luxury. The logos are big and bold, showing off that you paid top dollar. But you don’t need flashy labels to look like a million bucks. In fact, truly wealthy people often prefer a more subtle, sophisticated style known as quiet luxury or stealth wealth fashion.  Stealth wealth fashion is all about quality and craftsmanship over logos. These brands use luxurious materials and impeccable construction in clothing and accessories that don’t necessarily telegraph their high price tags. You’ll recognize them more for their polished pieces and reputation of excellence rather than splashy ad campaigns. Understated elegance is the name of the game. Clean silhouettes, neutral palettes, and attention to detail without excessive ornamentation let the clothes speak for themselves. It’s a sort of quiet confidence that comes from buying the best without needing everyone to know how much you spent. Gwyneth Paltrow is a perfect example of someone who embodies the stealth wealth aesthetic. Other celebrities like Meghan Markle and Amal Clooney also do stealth wealth fashion right. They know looking expensive is about exquisite fit and materials rather than obvious labels. So if you value refinement and understated elegance like Gwyneth and co., stealth wealth fashion is the way to go. Read on for the top 20 brands that combine quality and subtlety to offer must have stealth wealth clothing…. 20 Best Stealth Wealth Fashion Brands for Women 1. The Row Founded by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in 2006, The Row has quickly become a celebrity favorite. Their stealth wealth aesthetic is all about refined, relaxed luxury in neutral colors. The quiet luxury brand is especially known for their classic styles, perfect fit and use of superior fabrics like cashmere and crocodile leather. While not dirt cheap, the prices offer […]

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