I have no idea where I found this picture, but I saved it in my ‘Junk‘ files a couple of weeks ago because, well, it’s worth sharing. Almost nine years ago, in my first hints of teendom, I was obsessing over this magazine cover. Hang-on-your-wall obsessing. These were my (terribly Photoshopped) idols.
From left to right, you are seeing Amanda Bynes, Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Mandy Moore, Hilary Duff, Alexis Bledel, Evan Rachel Wood, Raven Symone (formerly known as Raven), and Lindsay Lohan. (DO WERK, MKO and ERW – fashion goddesses through and through).
Does this not feel like a million years ago to anyone else? An era before TMZ, before Facebook fuhcrissakes, before “The Amanda Show” faded into oblivion, before The Row or Elizabeth & James, before anyone could co-star with John Krasinski and evoke mass female jealously, before anyone could co-star with Chad Michael Murray and evoke mass female jealously, before The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, before a second sexyfierceboomshakalaka female fell victim to Marilyn Manson’s charms (?!), before Mean Girls, and – yes – before the Kardashians.
Memory lane, over and out.
A well-deserved “FINALLY” goes to the Olsen Twins for their Craig McDean-lensed cover of Vogue’s Best Dressed issue 2011. They’ve been in fashion’s public eye for almost their entire life, guys!
“They (the Olsens) 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. They don’t have someone telling them, ‘This is cool, this is hot, this is what you should be wearing.’ It comes from within them. It’s instinctual. […] Look at what they’ve done with (their fashion labels) The Row and Elizabeth and James. They are legitimate fashion forces.”
– Vogue‘s Fashion News Director, Mark Holgate
Including them in the issue – as it is dedicated to international superstar siblings – is Beyonce and Solange Knowles, Kate and Pippa Middleton, Claire and Virginie Courtins-Clarins girls, Kate and Rooney Mara (no bad blood, she got last month’s cover!), Dakota and Elle Fanning, Poppy and Cara Delevigne, and Jane Birkin’s gorgeous daughters – Lou Doillon and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
FASHION PHEW! The issue will be released in five short days.
To see more photos of Mary-Kate and Ashley from the spread, as well as their latest and greatest promo video for StyleMint (imagine planking, storking, ‘plowling’ and owling in It’s a Wonderful Life, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Charlie Brown and The Wizard of Oz!), see below!
Though all of the talent nominated were more than deserving to leave the 2011 CFDA Awards with tropy in hand, I could not be happier with last night’s results. What a perfect group. (Each category’s winner is in bold.)
Womenswear Designer of the Year Award: Alexander Wang, Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, and Marc Jacobs.
Menswear Designer of the Year Award: Michael Bastian, Patrik Ervell, and Simon Spurr.
Accessory Designer of the Year Award: Alexander Wang, Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, and Reed Krakoff.
Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Joseph Altuzarra, Ashley Olsen & Mary-Kate Olsen, and Prabal Gurung.
Swarovski Award for Menswear: Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim, and Robert Geller.
Swarovski Award for Accessory Design: Alejandro Ingelmo, Eddie Borgo, Jason Wu, and Pamela Love
The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Marc Jacobs
The Fashion Icon Award: Lady Gaga
The Eugenia Sheppard Media Award: Hilary Alexander of The Telegraph
The Eleanor Lambert Founders Award: Hal Rubenstein of InStyle
The International Award: Phoebe Philo for Celine
Fashion butterflies ahead! Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are branching out from their uber-successful clothing lines with an e-commerce venture named “StyleMint“. When it launches this July, members will be able to take style quizzes which will tailor purchase suggestions, with the recommendations becoming more specific based on items bought. Facebook and Twitter will also be integrated to help collect opinions from your ‘friends’ or ‘fans’. Best part? Price! The first collection – eight designer tees – will sell for $29.99 each.
“Online commerce is the perfect medium for us to create a new brand that is as much about the clothing as it is about the customer experience.”
– Ashley Olsen
On the subject of customer experience, Swedish telecom company 3 have gone all Minority Report on us with the creation of the most interactive online shopping experience I’ve seen. Using their new tappable, slideable, webcam-connected interfaces, salespeople for the brand are completely immersed in your online shopping. Hooray technology! Check out the video below to see more: