The Olsen twins definitely make it onto the ANUNAROSE list of most-inspiring young fashion icons. At just 25, the twins are acknowledged as fashion entrepreneurs for their labels: The Row, Elizabeth and James, Olsenboye and T-shirt website Style Mint. Last year their most sophisticated label, The Row received a CFDA Award nomination for Best Womenswear, the twins also beat Solange and Beyonce Knowles to win the ”Most stylish sisters” award from Vogue back in November. Mark Holgate, Fashion News Editor at Vogue, told us in the November issue just why the Olsen’s style is so adored: “They get it right a lot of the time and then sometimes they don’t get it right. That’s actually great because it shows that it’s their hands reaching into their wardrobes.” As the sisters have matured, they have developed their individual styles. Mary-Kate was declared a fashion icon by the New York Times for pioneering her signature quirky, bohemian look while Ashley’s look has evolved with her now favouring tailored, sophisticated pieces. In an interview with Style.com in May 2011, the twins revealed that their famous ‘boho-chic’ label stemmed from a desire to avoid the paparazzi. Ashley said: “That moment for us was us waking up, going to school, and not wanting anyone to take our picture. Kind of a piece of protection.”
Although the twin’s wardrobes may differ nowadays, both have the ability to mix high end pieces with low end pieces to create a unique look. The twins clearly favour avant-garde and older designers, telling Elle Magazine that their fashion influences include: Christian Lacroix and Mariano Fortuny (their unusual influences clearly contribute to their fearless style choices). Typically, the Olsen’s are seen in monochrome colours such as: blacks, tans and beiges. A key element to Mary-Kate’s look is layers, while Ashley tends to keep her clothes more fitted with button-up shirts and blazers. Both the girls have an obvious love for vintage-inspired jewellery, from multiple bracelets to brooches, and their accessory collection also includes plush bags, hippy scarves and of course, their must-have statement sunnies.
We love the twin’s confidence when it comes to fashion, and how they compliment each other with their individual looks. We love Mary-Kate’s bohemian look with a rock-star edge, and we adore Ashley’s sleek styling. Now, here’s where you enter into the wardrobes of our favourite sisters….
Mary-Kate appeared at the Christian Louboutin 20th Anniversary Cocktail Party in New York last November wearing all black. MK looked our definition of fabulous, fearless and fierce in a J Mary fur detail jacket with amazing quilted leather sleeves over a black dress and leather leggings. She finalised her outfit, and congratulated the designer of the hour with in lust-worthy Louboutin ‘Dahlia’ booties with a matching Labouring ‘Loubis Angel’ clutch.
Mary-Kate and Ashley sat pretty on the front row at J.Mendel’s show during New York Fashion Week wearing smart monochrome outfits paired with gold jewellery- we love their chunky watches! Mary-Kate looked simple but stylish in a buttoned-up black shirt teamed with a scattering of gold accessories, while Ashley kept her outfit fresh and understated with a low white blouse and a nude skirt. But the twins really caught our attention with their coordinating eye-wear- both wearing classic aviator Rayban shades.
We love Mary-Kate’s city chic look here during Paris Fashion Week. For the A/W shows MK wore Kova & T’s ”Oxy” latex leggings with YSL Tribute brown sandals and stayed true to her vintage roots with a cute boho-inspired headband. MK finishes the look with an oversized alligator skin clutch from her label The Row.
At their handbag launch for The Row last July, Ashley wore a pretty and colourful maxi dress by The Row while Mary-Kate looked classic and sophisticated in a tailored blue blazer and matching shorts also by The Row. We love the multiple wrist accessories and their The Row bags in that gorgeous teal colour compliment their outfits perfectly.
Ashley embraced the androgynous trend but put a modern colour-popping spin on it when she stepped out in April last year in this coral suit from The Row paired with a Junya Watanabe Breton striped top and Chanel sandals. Her Linda Farrow for The Row sunglasses finish off her ultra-cool look.
The twins went for gorgeous suit jackets and trousers by The Row for the 2011 CDFA nominations. While Ashley chose a delicate and more feminine pink pairing, teamed with yellow silk Manalo Blahnik heels, Mary-Kate added a stylish edge to her all-black ensemble with a Balenciaga belt, Louis Vuitton heels and a red snakeskin Prada clutch. Yet again they pull off those trademark aviators.
At the launch of their line, Textile Elizabeth and James in New York last year, Mary-Kate paired an alligator vest from The Row’s Resort collection with a pair of rust-coloured trousers from the Textile Elizabeth and James line and a pair of pointed toe cut-out heels, while Ashley wore this quirky-cool fox-print sweater with a pair of roll-up trousers also from their new Elizabeth and James line. Ashley added bangles and a pop of colour with her killer ice blue Balenciaga heels.
The ultra-stylish Mary-Kate and Ashley coordinated in black to watch the debut of Kanye West’s DW Collection from the front row at last year’s Paris Fashion Week. We love that Ashley opted for black flat sandals here showing that you can still look glamorous in flats!
Ashley kept her look super-cute at the Boutiques.com party in November 2010. We love the sweet peachy colour of Ashley’sBalenciaga jumper, layered over a candy pink mini-dress, but toughened up with statement black shoes and a patent handbag.
This is the stylish but edgy biker-chick Mary-Kate that we love. For Burberry Prorsum’s Fashion show at 2010’s London Fashion Week she looked fabulous and super-glam in a black belted coat, accessorised with a royal blue clutch and her trusty dark sunglasses. She added a hint of fierce with her killer patent ankle booties and leather gloves.
We loved Ashley’s vintage-inspired look at the 2010 CFDA fashion awards. Ashley opted for a bright orange high neck floor-length gown with a little but sexy slit up the front. Ashley looked effortless but glamorous in this outfit- we love!
At the Art of Elysium’s ‘Bright Lights’ party in New York, April 2010, Mary-Kate opted for a daring dash of leopard print wearing her vintage cape over a blue Proenza Schouler dress and accessorising with these Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte booties with fabulous metallic toe-caps and piles of funky bracelets. Ashley went for a vintage black lace dress with grey panels with a chocolate brown leather jacket by The Row worn round her waist. She completed her look with a vintage clutch and Balenciaga heels.
The twins posed on the red carpet at the Elle Style Awards in February 2010-where they bagged the Style Icons Award! Ashley wore a stunning, customised Christian Lacroix Spring 2010 gown made of beautiful tulle material with a daring plunge neck and a long train. She paired the statement dress with Fendi heels. Mary-Kate opted for a black Lanvin dress, also with a sheer skirt overlay and dared to be different with a sexy pair of leather gloves.
By Izzy Stocks