Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen Blessed Us With A New Interview
“It’s been 32 years of learning how to communicate.”
It's a blessed and incredibly rare day when Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen -- the fiercely private, extremely mysterious fashion gurus and former child stars -- grant an interview to the press. We're pretty sure that Australia changes Prime Ministers more frequently than the Olsen twins give interviews, but don't quote us on that, because we're not going to fact check it!!!!!!!!
ANYWAY, our favourite eccentric millionaires, who own and run high end fashion line The Row together, granted the Wall Street Journal a gorgeous joint interview, in which they announced their upcoming menswear line (a first for The Row) and spoke about sisterhood.
Their menswear line will include a full range of denim, knitwear, tailored separates and suits, and will serve the male counterpart of the female Row shopper. Or, as Mary-Kate put it, the line is "for the husband" of the female Row enthusiast.
This is as good a place as any to note that MK's own husband, Olivier Sarkozy, is a “habitual suit wearer”.
“I don’t think people are taking big risks in menswear,” said Ashley.
"It’s funny, because this is more of a risk than putting words on a T-shirt," Ashley continued. "Who knew that black, gorgeous, perfectly fitted suits would be a risk?"
In other words, don't be expecting to see anything resembling the streetwear or athleisure popular with the likes of Kanye, Biebs and whoever else is popular right now, because they're not about it.
In fact, the twins visited factories all over the world while creating the menswear collection, and mulled over the height of their high-waisted pants right down to the millimetre.
“There’s something about a slightly higher rise that is quite sexy,” Ashley said.
If you're expecting to see the twins on the promo circuit for their menswear line, don't hold your breath, though. They prefer to wait until all their products are "perfect" and then let the work speak for itself.
"[We're] not product pushers," said Ashley, explaining that their childhood in the spotlight may have contributed to their reluctance to live in the public eye.
“I don’t know if it’s because of the way we grew up," Ashley mused. "We just don’t like talking about ourselves or talking about what we’re doing … It’s not really our approach.”
The twins also opened up about their bond as sisters and business partners.
“We do everything together,” said Ashley, with Mary-Kate adding: “We came out of the womb doing that.”
Likening their union to "a marriage and a partnership", Ashley said that they "have ups and downs", adding: “It’s been 32 years of learning how to communicate.”
The twins have won three Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awards since The Row's 2005 launch, with two for womenswear, and one for accessories.
Feature image: WSJ