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FIRST LOOK: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Want To Dress Michelle Obama

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Courtesy Harper’s Bazaar

These days, acting has taken a backseat for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen–and with good reason. In the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar, the designing duo open up about their successful high-end label, The Row, as well as their dream client. The Row is just three years in the making and proof that the 24-year-olds have successfully crossed from Hollywood to Fifth Avenue. They credit a disciplined work ethic (six-day weeks!) and an easy-to-follow aesthetic: “When we were growing up, our mother taught us never to have your belly button exposed,” Mary-Kate tells Bazaar. And though both Mary-Kate and Ashley are known for their boho-meets-grunge style, as designers, they offer up a fall collection that’s decidedly more minimalist and low-key, showcasing muted classics like a black wrap coat, an expertly-tailored white shift and a perfect lazy-day jumpsuit. The style mavens derive their inspiration from designers like Miuccia Prada and legendary model-turned-actress Lauren Hutton. And while stars like Jessica Biel and Charlize Theron have been spotted in The Row, there is one leading lady they are hoping to dress. “I’d love to get Michelle Obama in the Row,” Ashley says. “The simple suits and things. It’s all made in America, so why not?” How patriotic! Read more at, or pick up your own issue on newsstands August 17. — Hana Choi

Courtesy Harper’s Bazaar