Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen have already taken the fashion world by storm with their designs, and now the two are tackling the beauty arena with a new fragrance deal in conjunction with their Elizabeth and James line. Mary-Kate and Ashley will debut a fragrance line, dubbed Nirvana, with Sephora this January. The line's first fragrances will be Black, a woody scent, and White, a musky floral.
"We always knew we wanted to have a fragrance for this brand, because it's very lifestyle," Ashley explained to WWD. "We felt that between the brand Elizabeth and James and Sephora that we were really speaking together directly to our customer. We felt that was a really good place to start exploring the world of fragrance and beauty." Originally, the idea was just to tackle one fragrance, but the twins found it too difficult to settle on just a handful of notes. So after a two-year development period, the scents are finally ready to be launched.
Nirvana Black went through 50 different incarnations before Mary-Kate and Ashley settled on the winner. The scent contains notes of violet, sandalwood, and vanilla. Nirvana White came together more quickly in a handful of months and contains notes of peony, muguet, and musk. The perfumes will each be available in three sizes: 50 ml. for $75, 30 ml. for $55, and a rollerball for $22. "We wanted the bottles to feel sensual," Mary-Kate said, describing the opaque-textured containers inspired by an antique.
After a brief holiday preview from Dec 13-25, the scents will launch at Sephora across the country in late January. And how will the sisters know that their fragrance has hit it big in the real world? "I'd like to walk down the street and smell a note of it," Mary-Kate quipped.
— Additional reporting by Maria Del Russo
The NBA Finals are coming to a close tonight with what is sure to be an exciting Game 7 as the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs go head to head for the championship title. To celebrate the fun, we're taking a look at all the celebs who cheer on their favorite teams courtside, as well as the cute couples showing PDA on the Kiss Cam. Whether it's Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel rooting for the LA Lakers, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen watching their NY Knicks in Madison Square Garden, or Cameron Diaz catching a loose ball coutside, stars love to support their most-loved players from the sidelines.
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Though Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen first stole our hearts on Full House, it's their distinct, covetable, and trendsetting style that has us under a serious sartorial spell all these years later. This dynamic duo — turning 27 years old today — has taken the fashion world by storm as experienced entrepreneurs, respected designers, and CFDA Award winners, and we have a feeling this is just the tip of the iceberg.
As the designers of choice for A-listers and models alike, it would be easy for Mary-Kate and Ashley to hide behind their luxe labels — we'll take one of everything from The Row's Resort collection — but this fashion-forward pair not only talks the talk, but also walks the (cat)walk. While each Olsen has her own signature style — Mary-Kate's the queen of bohemian-chic and Ashley is the master of minimalistic polish — together they have defined eclectic glamour and culled legions of fans with their avant-garde expertise.
Need proof? You got it, dude! Presenting 84 of their most twinning (we had to) style moments.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen credited seafaring uniforms and a vintage photo of a fisherman as the inspiration for their Resort 2014 collection, which explains why it includes so many pieces that look hard-wearing and cozy.
But closer inspection reveals that these mostly casual pieces were cut from some highly luxurious materials. The yellow rain slicker that looks like it could withstand a torrential downpour and gale force winds is actually made from leather, so it's not waterproof at all. The brown and khaki jacket, which the house refers to as a windbreaker, comes with a detachable fur collar. And what looks like a simple knitted vest from behind turns out to be half made from red alpaca.
There are some nods to nautical functionality here as well. A few of the handbags in the collection hang from rope straps tied with sailor's knots, and a double-breasted navy blazer with what appear to be gold buttons actually closes with magnets.
The Elizabeth and James Resort 2014 collection didn't pull any punches, aside from the few and far between pops of color. And in doing so, designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen stuck to a fairly strict black and white palette, supplying the dynamic with the details. Embossed polka dots, sheer Greek key patterns, bright oversize clutches, and subtly placed ruffles were among the collection's most noticeable "affectations."
Through a larger lens, the Resort silhouette leaned toward a sportier kind of simplicity (just look to the racerback-style necklines and shower-esque sandal slides). But unlike the boyish attitude of other athletically inclined collections, this one felt clean and perfectly feminine.
As two of today's youngest style icons, special attention should be paid to what Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen wore to the Met Gala. Both sisters went vintage, with Ashley picking a beaded orange dress with gauzy overlay from Dior Couture. Mary-Kate opted for Chanel and stepped out in a beaded, crop-waist black dress covered with a fur-trimmed robe. Which Olsen twin has your vote tonight?
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Mary-Kate Olsen and her boyfriend, Olivier Sarkozy, were arm in arm for a romantic stroll around Paris last night. They stopped to browse through a jewelry store during the evening outing in Olivier's native country. The pair are no strangers to showing off their affection. Shortly before the holidays, Mary-Kate and Olivier cuddled courtside at a New York Knicks game, where they have frequently been caught canoodling in the stands together since the start of their relationship. Although there is a 16-year age difference between the pair, they have gained the affection of many and earned a spot among your favorite new celebrity couples of 2012.
It's time to pay year-end homage to the designer who stood out above the rest, and we can't do it without your help. Here's the thing: there was a plethora of fashionable talent to watch in 2012, but we've narrowed it down to five individuals who consistently stole the show with a genius mix of gorgeous runway fodder and red-carpet wins. So which designer really knocked your socks off? Was it Raf Simons, the newly minted creative director of Christian Dior? Did Joseph Altuzarra's luxe nomadic runway pieces speak to you? Was it Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's minimalist aesthetic for The Row that impressed you most? Were you dying over Prabal Gurung's red-carpet creations (hello, Jennifer Lawrence at the Hunger Games premiere in LA)? Or is it Hedi Slimane's cool-girl overhaul of Saint Laurent Paris that resonates with you? Vote for your favorite designer of the year below!
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have mastered the art of luxurious and laid-back styling, so it comes as no surprise — but it's certainly a welcome one — that The Row's Spring offerings are a slick combination of the two ideals. Silky wide-leg trousers, long tailored blazers (some adorned with pom-pom embellishments), column dresses, and robe-like overcoats all made the minimalist-tinged cut. Check out the all the pictures from The Row's Spring 2013 collection, and come back soon for our full review.