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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Want to Create 'Wearable' Clothes

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When Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen presented The Row’s spring/summer 2011 collection of softly structured gowns and meticulously tailored separates in Paris earlier this month, trendsetters took note, but it was the designing duo’s current fall line for the upscale label—full of elegant leathers– that got the famously shy sisters talking. “Exotic skins were a natural choice because we’ve always concentrated on the body so skin made sense,” Mary-Kate tells Dazed Digital (the Dazed & Confused website) of the assortment of beautifully cut leather and python clothes. And while the materials were exotic, the designers say it was the unique style of writer, artist and fashion icon Beatrix Ost that inspired the sophisticated cut and look of the collection. “We were discussing eccentric women and felt Beatrix embodied the feeling we were gravitating towards,” Mary-Kate says in the interview. As for their latest spring/summer 2011 collection, the duo described the soft yet tailored clothes as refined minimal luxury. “We want to create soft and comfortable collections in every way,” explains Mary Kate. But it’s not all about the luxurious feel and the materials. Some might expect the style-savvy stars to make it all about high fashion. But Ashley believes there have been too many “over-designed clothes” out there. “Our goal is to create understated, wearable, beautiful clothes that fit the body of every woman,” she says. –Simon Perry