Everyone feels as though they know Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen, as these formidable these young women have been in front of the cameras, acting since they were in diapers. However, if their fashion successes keep up, these sisters are likely to be remembered for their influence on the fashion industry, with their movie careers just a footnote. With their brands Olsenboye, Elizabeth and James and The Row, they have retail offerings from mass to ultra posh. The Row was launched in 2007, charged with the misson to make the perfect luxurious T-shirt. Taking its name from the historic Savile Row, The Row consists of modern classic pieces interpreted through bespoke tailoring. Not trendy, the items in this collection are clean, classic, ultra-refined and timeless.
What career did you want when you were 16? If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
Ashley: “I was always passionate about the fashion industry.”
Mary-Kate: “I take one day at a time.”
Who is your fashion idol? Whose work do you admire?
Ashley: “My fashion idol is Lauren Hutton. I admire the work of Karl Lagerfeld, Francisco Costa, and Christian Lacroix.”
Mary-Kate: “My fashion idols are men. I admire the work of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano.”
Who is your biggest fan?
Mary-Kate: “Our team.”
When you get dressed, do you choose clothes to match your accessories or accessories to match your clothes?
Ashley: “It depends on the day.”
Mary-Kate: “I do both.”
If you were getting the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award, whom would you choose as your presenter?
Both: “Anna Wintour.”