Material Girls

Young Hollywood Toasts the Olsens' Textile Launch


Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen   
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Integrity. It's a word you hear a lot in Hollywood and usually take with a grain of salt. But when it comes from the mouths of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, child stars turned respected designers, we're inclined to listen. The sisters kept invoking the "I" word at a party in L.A. last night for Textile, the "more casual, lifestyle version" of their contemporary line, Elizabeth and James. "We feel the same way about every line we do. It's about finding purpose and knowing there are these niche markets for what we do. We come at each collection from the perspective of having integrity with the fabric, fit, and style," Ashley told

New York may be anticipating the CFDA Awards, where the sisters are nominees for the Swarovski Womenswear Designer of the Year prize, but young Hollywood was happy to receive the girls—and their Fall '11 Textile collection—in a less formal setting. The pair were joined at the Beverly Hills Hotel by Emma Roberts, Dakota Fanning, and Nicole Richie, among others. "My sister and I, we collected vintage denim for years, and then we had them altered into certain shapes, and that's where the original silhouettes came from: the bell, the skinny, the little high-waist," Mary-Kate said as the two checked each other's labels to see what styles they were wearing. "This isn't just about denim; it's about everything that goes with that denim."

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