Ashley Olsen Talks Fashion: "Either You Care or You Don't"

08/05/2009 at 11:04 AM ET

Courtesy Marie Claire

Ashley Olsen has moved seamlessly from child star to star designer, with successful lines Elizabeth and James and The Row under her petite belt, but the way she sees it, she dodged a bullet. Speaking to Marie Claire of her tightly-regimented childhood, she muses, “That’s why I look at Britney, and I’m surprised I didn’t end up like her.” Her saving grace may have been her love of fashion and innate taste level. “I think you’re either born with a sense of style or you’re not,” she tells Marie Claire, which is on newstands August 11. “Either you care or you don’t.” Ashley and her twin, Mary-Kate, “love fashion,” she says. “When we were going to NYU, I think that was the first time we were aware of the power of our personal style. Not the power of it, but the result of it.” The endless press coverage of their every outfit was a surprise at the beginning. “Between the big sunglasses and Starbucks cup and the big sweaters, the hobo-chic thing, we were more shocked than anything,” she says. For the twins, it’s just a natural choice. “Mary-Kate and I are very aware of trends and style, but at the end of the day, we don’t even think twice about it,” she says. “It’s just, ‘What do I feel like wearing today, and how do I want to put it together.'” And for both sisters, they are always willing to take a risk, even if it means destroying a designer piece. “The amount of beautiful things we’ve ruined — not having the patience for a tailor and cutting everything ourselves … My sister once took an Alaïa dress of mine and just cut the whole thing, and then she was like, ‘I cut it too short.'” Ashley has to laugh. “Mary-Kate and I don’t think about fashion as these clean, beautiful objects. We just kind of wear it and live in it.”


Courtesy Marie Claire

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mjames on

I am sure the twins care what we think all the way to the bank. Who cares, they were cute babies and cute kids and when they aren’t wearing their make-up so thick they are very pretty young ladies. Anyone can have fashion sense not everyone will like the same things. Thank goodness we live in a place where people are aloud to be different and speak their thoughts. I wish them all the best.

lisa on

This article makes her sound kind of like a snob…either you care or you don’t? Who died and made her Anne Wintour?

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jen on

Obviously this child has more time and money than she knows what to do with.

kelly on

fashion sense? guess i must of missed it. baggy wrinkled clothes, stringy pony tails, the ever present cup of coffee……yup, missed it. the only reason they are even “stars” is becus they were twins, cute and got on tv as toddlers. otherwise, they would be nothing.

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Rachel on

she is such a creeper!!

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