60 posts tagged "Mary-Kate Olsen"
Many designers claim to make real clothes for real women, but that claim isn’t quite convincing when the collections are presented on twiggy teenagers wearing wigs and a bucketload of makeup. However, several of the Pre-Fall lookbooks that star non-models suggest change is coming. Take, for example, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, who showcased their latest lineup for The Row on silver-haired beauty entrepreneur Linda Rodin as well as old-school catwalkers Esther de Jong and Ursula Wallis. Their mature casting underscored the sophistication of the collection. Roland Mouret also likes to feature strong, creative characters. After spotlighting DJ Mimi Xu for Resort, Mouret snapped eccentric knitwear designer/arts patron Tiphaine de Lussy for Pre-Fall. Last but not least, stylist and street-style favorite Ursina Gysi posed for Sonia Rykiel this season. We’re hoping to see fashion promote real people more often in the future.
If nothing else, the confluence of the Polar Vortex and Pre-Fall presentations in New York has given us the chance to see the inventive ways in which fashion editors and designers choose to face down slippery sidewalks and subzero temperatures. Stylist Camilla Nickerson, for example, bypassed winter boots for nubby oatmeal socks and a pair of black-and-burgundy open-toed flats from Céline’s Resort ’14 lineup, crushing the notion that socks-and-sandals is a faux pas. Definitely cozy-chic, but we’re guessing she wasn’t planning on walking too many blocks to her next appointment. Elle‘s Samira Nasr, meanwhile, braved New York’s menacing gray puddles in a pair of pristine white moccasin boots, and WSJ. editor-in-chief Kristina O’Neill kept her calves above freezing with a pair of charcoal leg warmers, which she pulled over her black skinny jeans. However, the most-thoroughly-bundled award has to go to The Row’s Mary-Kate Olsen. The designer walked editors around her showroom while wearing a navy shearling coat with a slick fur collar. She and sister Ashley’s Greenwich Street headquarters weren’t exactly without heat, but they are only a block from the very chilly Hudson, and you never know when a river-effect draft might blow through. But perhaps the look that best sums up our schizophrenic weather (55 degrees on Monday, 12 degrees on Tuesday) was the one Jamie Bochert donned for the Givenchy Pre-Fall lookbook: open-toed sandals and a full-on fur.
Earlier this month, the CFDA elected three new designers to sit on its board in order to replace former members Yeohlee Teng, Kenneth Cole, and Isabel Toledo, who will retain emeritus status. WWD reports today that the newcomers are Prabal Gurung, Deborah Lloyd, and The Row’s Ashley Olsen. Strangely, there was no mention of Ashley’s twin and co-designer, Mary-Kate. That’s not to say that the former Full House stars are required to do everything in tandem, but still…maybe next year?
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have acquired a minority ownership stake in e-commerce brand BeachMint, reports WWD. The company, which comprises ShoeMint, IntiMint, StyleMint (the Olsens have served as designers here since 2011), and JewelMint (which just announced a collaboration with Richard Chai), has brought the busy twentysomethings onboard to consult and serve as co-chairs of its advisory board. The twins have already proven themselves in the fashion biz, what with the success of Elizabeth and James, Olsenboye, and, of course, their luxury line, The Row. Their latest investment makes us think that this pair might just be en route to becoming a whole new breed of fashion mogul.