The Olsen Influence

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There is a lot of buzz surrounding Mary-Kate Olsen’s rumoured engagement to French banker and half brother of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The media focus on the reported union ignited after the designer was photographed all over Paris and New York blinding the cameras with a stunning 1953 vintage Cartier ring. The engagement ring reportedly features a four-carat diamond surrounded by 16 sapphires, and single cut diamond petals. The ring was purchased at Sotheby’s Auction for $81,250. Previously it was reportedly in the possession of a jewelry collector in Tennessee. There’s a lot of speculation over whether the ring was handpicked by Sarkozy or Olsen, herself. After all, the pioneer of high-fashion boho-chic dressing is no stranger to vintage. She and her twin Ashley are hailed for their eclectic fashion-forward dressing, and a special mix of vintage with high fashion. Outside of inspiring admirers, imitators and skeptics for their personal styling, the duo founded luxury brand, The Row and mid-range fashion line, Elizabeth and James. In 2012 they beat out Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler for Womenswear designer of the year at the CFDA Awards. Whether sporting a vintage Birkin, vintage Haute Couture or a vintage tee, the designers do an exemplary job of fusing classic elements in to their modern, trendsetting wardrobe. Rather than taking style cues from current influence, the duo pay homage to minimalist style, and take it to an edgy, unconventionally luxurious place. Their shabby chic pairings have helped set the tone for many current fashion trends, demonstrated within their multi-billion dollar fashion empire. Scroll the photos for some of the vintage and vintage inspired sartorial stylings of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.


(L) Mary-Kate wearing Vintage Engagement Ring. (R) Mary-Kate's 1953 Cartier Ring.
Mary-Kate Wearing her Ring.
(L) Ashley in Vintage Givenchy and Mary-Kate in a 1970s vintage white lace dress, 2004. (R) Ashley in a Calvin Klein black beaded gown and Mary-Kate in a Halston red kimono dress, at a Teen Vogue Party, 2006.
(L) Ashley Olsen in custom made Badgley Mischka, Met Gala, 2006. (R) Ashley Olsen attends the Van Cleef & Arpels party, 2007.
(L) Ashley Olsen carry vintage Fendi Crocodile Tote (the vintage bag worn often by the Olsens caused such a stir it was reissued and renamed the Fendi Twins Tote), 2007. (R) Ashley Olsen in vintage with Christian Louboutin, 2007.
(L) Mary-Kate at the Costume Institute Gala in a black feathered Rita Warnick dress, 2007. (R) Mary-Kate Olsen with Vintage Hermes crocodile Constance purse, Louis Vuitton scarf, 2007.
(L) Mary Kate in Vintage Missoni dress, Marc Jacobs headband and a Dior clutch at New Yorkers for Children charity gala, 2008. (R) Mary-Kate Olsen outside the Ed Sullivan Theatre in Vintage Halston, 2008.
Ashley at CFDA Fashion Awards in a 1930s Vintage Orange Beaded Dress and Van Cleef & Arpels jewels, 2009.
(L) Ashley in The Row dress at the Costume Institute Gala, 2009. (R) Mary-Kate Olsen in a Vintage Christian LaCroix Gown, Met Costume Benefit, 2009.
(L) Mary-Kate in Balmain, Independant Spirit Awards, 2009. (R) Ashley Olsen in Vintage Christian Lacroix, 2010.
(L) Ashley wearing vintage Yohji Yamamoto and Mary-Kate Olsen wearing Givenchy at the"Free Arts" auction NYC, 2010. (R) Mary-Kate wearing Proenza Schouler dress, and vintage leopard coat and Ashley Olsen wearing vintage Commes De Garcon, and The Row jacket, 2010.
(L) Ashley Olsen in Vintage Dior, Met Gala, 2011. (R) Ashley in a black Prada dress, Mary-Kate in a Celine jacket, 2011.
Mary-Kate in Vintage Givenchy Couture, Costume Institute Gala, 2011.
(L) Mary-Kate and Ashley in Yves Saint Laurent at Metropolitan Opera, 2011. (R) Mary-Kate in Prada fur stole and sequined pants, 2011.
Ashley wearing Vintage Christian Dior Haute Couture and Mary-Kate Olsen wearing Vintage Chanel Haute Couture dress, and vintage Balmain jacket at the Met Ball, 2013.
Elizabeth Olsen in The Row & Mary-Kate Olsen in Vintage Issey Miyake, the CDFA Awards, 2013.
(L) Ashley Olsen Wearing Hermes Oran Sandals in Black Lizard and a Vintage Kaftan, 2013. (R) Mary-Kate Olsen wearing Chanel Haute Couture dress, and vintage Balmain jacket at the Met Ball, 2013.
(L) Ashley Olsen in Alexander McQueen. (R) Mary Kate Olsen in black fur, purple vintage metal sunglasses, vintage Balenciaga gold ring, and classic black bag.
(L) Mary Kate with Vintage Hermes Kelly bag. (R) Ashley Olsen with Vintage Chanel Bag.
(L) Ashley Olsen wearing Hermes Birkin Bag, Mary-Kate wearing Black Chanel Vintage Bag. (R) Ashley wearing vintage Hermes shirt, Elizabeth wearing Acme t-shirt and Erdem skirt, and Mary-Kate Olsen wearing Tom ford shirt, J Mary jacket and The Row skirt/pant at the launch party for Elizabeth's "NYLON" magazine cover shoot.
(L) Mary-Kate in a nude gown from Calvin Klein, vintage belt and jewelery from Boucheron and Chanel. (R) Ashley Olsen wearing Rick Owens Wrinkled Side Zip Leather Jacket, Fendi Vintage Leather Tote & Tom Ford Hawkings Sunglasses.

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